The top 10 natural anti-aging ingredients that work

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Per Elle Macpherson Rose de Vie Serum from Dr Sebagh is the only thing that retains skin hydration, the main weapon to keep wrinkles at bay, while Cara Delevigne always adds a few drops of Rosehip Oil from Trilogy to the cream of the evening as reported But rosehip, the element that unites the two specialties, is not the only anti-aging ingredient offered by Mother Nature to improve the appearance of the skin. On the wave of a strong trend that tends to favor something that draws from the plant world to agents produced and tested in the laboratory to protect the skin from the damage of aging, encourage cell regeneration and reduce wrinkles and discoloration to preserve radiance and compactness, green raw materials proposed as anti-aging are more and more numerous. Finding your way through the thousands of proposals is not always easy. Thus, with the help of Alessandra Vasselli, cosmetologist and member of the board of directors of AIDECO (Italian Association of Dermatology and Cosmetology) we have compiled the list of the most effective ones. With a recommendation. “To really take advantage of the advantages offered by these substances, it is always advisable to check that the list of ingredients shown on the package is in the first places in the INCI,” emphasizes the expert.

Bakuchiol to reduce wrinkles

INCI Name: Bakuchiol. It is extracted from the seeds of plants such as Psoralea Corylifoli, known as Bakuchi, hence the name of the substance, and Otholobium pubescens. It has an antioxidant, control of the microbial load, emollient and decongestant action and is considered a valid alternative to retinol.

Resveratrol to fight free radicals

INCI Name: Resveratrol. Extracted from the vine (grape) and many other plants, such as blackberries, it is a powerful protective antioxidant for the skin. Used in cosmetics to counteract cell damage induced by free radicals generated by UV and other environmental factors such as, for example, pollution, responsible for photo-induced premature aging.

Olive oil to strengthen the defenses

INCI name: it has many, and among these stand out Olive oil Polyglycertl-4 Esters e Olive Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters. It performs an ancient and consolidated emollient and conditioning action on the skin, supporting the reconstitution of the protective lipid film. Furthermore, thanks to the considerable qualities of the basic ingredient, it greatly improves skin trophism, i.e. it nourishes intensely.

Extracts of the rose antioxidants

INCI name: the best known are the Rosa Canina Fruit Oil and the Rosa Damascena Flower Extract. Thanks to its recognized antioxidant, decongestant, astringent properties, it helps the skin in the cosmetic treatment of photo-aging.

The premature anti-aging algae

INCI name: the most famous is Spirulina Platensis Extract. It is one of the most used varieties and, like all the others included in cosmetic treatments, it performs a revitalizing and toning activity and acts specifically on premature aging of the skin of the face. Many seaweed extracts are used to assist in the cosmetic treatment of the imperfections that accompany cellulite.

The stimulating and lightening watercress

INCI Name: Nasturtium Officinale Leaf/Stem Extract. In popular tradition, it stimulates hair regrowth, is extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant and contains vitamin C and B6, mineral salts (for example iron and magnesium) and antioxidants. It is also used on the skin for its depigmenting properties.

The regenerating fruit bulbs

INCI Name: Bulb Frutescens Leaf Juice. It is extracted from a plant belonging to the Asphodelaceae family originally from South Africa also called “snake flower”. Regenerating skin tissues, in the tradition of African medicine it is an antibacterial and restructuring: applied frequently on the skin it is useful in the treatment of acne, small burns and blisters.

The restorative dandelion

INCI Name: Taraxacum Officinale Extract. Also known as “dandelion”, it is a plant of the Composite or Asteraceae family. In cosmetics it is used by virtue of its many properties linked to the many substances it contains: vitamins B, A, C, E, H, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, zinc, and again biotin, choline. It is a sort of catalyst, a “restorative-like” that activates metabolic functions and exchanges.

UV-shielding caffeine

INCI Name: Caffeine. Much is said about its action on skin microcirculation, widely exploited in treatments that counteract the imperfections of cellulite: it narrows blood vessels and gives a toned and levitated appearance. In reality it is also a precious antioxidant, protects from the sun’s rays and slows down the skin photo-aging process.

Protective green tea

INCI Name: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. While all varieties actually work, it is derived from the leaves of the precious plant and is continually being studied and researched to explore its potential health benefits as well. Antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, humectant, it is above all a valid antioxidant and protects against inflammatory processes at the origin of tissue aging.


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