By Sophia Hussain
The best revenge against time is to age beautifully! Rather than looking exactly like they did at 20, smart women simply want to maintain a natural, youthful blemish-free, beautiful face – and to eat chocolate too. The good news is that it’s possible to combat the first signs of premature aging in your 20’s, 30’s, and even your 40’s to help your face age beautifully for your future-self to appreciate and admire.
Signs of aging occur when elastin and collagen, a protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues, degrades over time and causes skin to lose its firmness, which then creates wrinkles. Certain factors, such as genetics, sun exposure, smoking, pollution and an unhealthy lifestyle strongly contribute to tired, wrinkled, older looking skin, and even skin cancer. But following certain anti-aging skincare tips and including antiaging products in your skincare regime are also of great benefit.
Keeping Your Skin Youthful
Obviously, for example, you should stay out of the sun, which has a powerfully destructive effect on the skin’s cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after moving. The skin also bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will definitely show later in life.
Furthermore, avoid pollution and cigarette smoke at all costs, as these create free radicals which attack the skin and organs. Many hear this term, but are not sure what it means: free radicals are electrically charged atoms or molecules that are known to cause cell damage and have been linked to a variety of health conditions, including heart disease and cancer. A free radical is a molecule that is missing an electron and thus structurally unstable. To gain stability, it interacts with other nearby molecules in healthy cells (such as DNA or airway cell membranes) and plunders them to get what it needs.
The body has a natural defense mechanism against free radicals in the form of antioxidants, substances that are known to have a number of health benefits. Antioxidants can safely interact with free radicals to stop their actions before vital cells are damaged. But the body doesn’t make antioxidants; they must be brought in through skincare products, as well as vitamins found in foods and supplements.
While many mainstream brands on the market claim to help protect skin from the signs of time, many also contain chemicals such as propylene glycol, mineral oil, and TEA, which can actually accelerate signs of ageing in the long run.
Here, we’ve found the best beauty products and supplements that have been scientifically formulated to help you combat the daily attack on your skin. Now, put your best face forward as we preview an innovative selection of collagen boosting skincare that really works!
Collagen Boosting Supplements
Beauty starts from the inside out. Avoid white flour, sugar and fried foods, all of which cause inflammation and break down collagen. Instead, eat a balanced diet rich in anti-oxidising superfoods like blueberries, goji berries, and prunes, and lean proteins like white fish, tofu and egg whites. Essential acids, found in salmon, walnuts and flax seed can deliver the fatty acids that make skin plump, while green tea is a great all-round hydrator and free-radical fighter. For an extra boost, try a skin-enhancing supplement. And even chocolate!
Supermood Ego Boost Powder
As part of the aptly named Ego Boost line by Supermood, this collagen boosting powder is packed with fish-derived collagen and chaga mushrooms, which are filled with collagen boosting antioxidants. Chaga also evens out skin tone and boosts the immune system. The taste of this powder is neutral, with a slight berry undertone, and it mixes effortlessly into shakes, smoothies, juice and tea.
Causing an international beauty frenzy was created by Cambridge University scientists, Esthechoc is an anti-ageing dark chocolate enriched with potent algae extracts for youthful skin, including astaxanthin which has been proven to stimulate collagen production. Clinical trials showed that with daily consumption, this chocolate protects the skin from ageing, and contributes to healthy, glowing smooth skin – with visible results in three weeks.
This delicious chocolate does more than boost your mood–it boosts your skin too! The Organic Pharmacy’s Glamour Food is packed with anti-oxidising Goji berries, Acai, Blueberries and Cranberries and is made from pure, unheated raw cocao. Also contains coconut butter and is sugar free and dairy free, making it a perfect snack for vegans. There’s also a whole range of Glamour Food gels and creams containing the same ingredients as the chocolate, to ensure your skin is youthful both inside and out.
Antiaging Skincare Products
There’s no doubt that the best way to maintain youthful skin is prevention: avoiding smoke, pollution and sun, and eating quality organic foods to feed the skin the anti-oxidants it needs. But no matter what you eat or what your genes are like, it is also important to keep the skin hydrated and to protect it from the damage caused by air conditioning and central heating. Whether you’re after a skin boosting serum or a rich, hydrating cream, we’ve found the best organic products for you.
Tilth Beauty A Flawless Serum
Fact: the only cosmetic ingredient applied topically that can truly boost collagen production in the skin is Retinol, and while serious doses (which can erase brown spots and acne scars) are only available via prescription, this organic serum has it in scores. A Flawless Serum contains some ingredients that also help to brighten the skin, such as myrtle leaf and Indian Ginseng root extract, and the Tilth website claims these “significantly reduce the appearance and number of wrinkles and length of wrinkles.” No wonder this is one of our Editor in Chief’s favourites.
Leaves of Trees Skin Elixir
This brilliant elixir by Leaves of Trees contains two key natural exotic ingredients: frankincense and argan. This Frankincense Argan Oil packs a powerful anti-aging punch since this cold-pressed Argan oil contains a strong dose of vitamin E, and Frankincense has a natural anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin–reducing inflammation is essential, otherwise, small broken veins and redness (two other signs of aging) can occur.
Neals Yard Suncare Skin Cream
To maintain beautiful skin, there is one product you seriously cannot do without: sunscreen! This one by Neals Yard boasts a natural mineral filter protects skin from sun’s UVA & UVB rays. A deeply nourishing trio of organic tamanu, coconut and rice bran oils is blended with Shea butter and a soothing antioxidant-rich blend of aloe vera, white tea and milk thistle to further protect skin from free radicals. Wear it daily, whether or not it’s sunny outside: harmful rays can still penetrate through clouds!
Arctic Arbutin Face Cream
Lapland is the world’s largest and cleanest harvesting region in Finland, and home to coveted beauty ingredients captured in this skincare brand. Arctic Arbutin Face Cream contains arbutin derived from bearberry, chaga mushroom and blueberry extracts to help prevent the free radical damage that reduces collagen production. This product also prevents the reddening of skin caused by rosacea, too.
Musalis by Kadalys
This is a face serum designed to treat the first signs of aging: those dreaded fine lines. This fast-absorbing formula contains organic green bananas, which are packed with phytosterols and polyphenols that promote collagen synthesis. The serum can be used alone or as a precursor to improve the abosorption of the Musalis day and night crème
Under Eye Care
Skin first starts to age first where it is thinnest–under the eye. Unfortunately, the skin around the eye is also highly exposed to pollution and sun, meaning it not only needs a deeply hydrating product that can protect this delicate area, but one that has added vitamins, oils and sunblocks that can fight off free radical damage. As the skin here is very sensitive, many products can be irritating. Luckily, we’ve found a selection of organic creams that are just the opposite–these protect and nourish the skin around the eye gently and naturally.
Luxsit Under Eye Cream
The science behind this rich cream by Luxsit is based on the notion that Phytosterols, Antioxidants and Omega 3 & 6 offer protective, anti-inflammatory qualities to the skin, hence the product is dense with ingredients such as Argan oil, Pomegranate oil and Horse Chestnut extract. Jojoba oil, Shea butter, Vitamin E and essential oils are added for extra moisture, and to plump up fine lines.
Inlight Under Eye Revive
The eyes are usually the first features on the face to show signs of wrinkles, so combat crow’s feet with a formula created by a scientist. Inlight Under Eye Revive contains pro-collagen gotu kola to reduce swelling, combined with antioxidant-rich green tea and green coffee to help prevent free radical damage. This formula does double duty to brighten dark circles too.
Arbu Restore Eye Cream
Arbu Restore Eye Cream promises to perk up the delicate skin under and around the eye by using its skin-enhancing formula, which includes concentrations of what you should be eating for good skin: probiotics, pomegranate, green tea and of course, Omega-oil rich caviar. An extra dose of caffeine reduces puffiness. All ingredients are certified organic.
One of the first signs of ageing are fine lines around the mouth. Lips also become slightly thinner as collagen breaks down. Maintain luscious, plump lips using these fabulous nude hues that create the illusion of fuller lips, but are infused with brilliant natural collagen boosting ingredients too.
Only You Lipgloss by Lisa Noto
This glossy stick contains anti-aging Vitamin E along with sunflower seed oil to repair dry lips which also contributes to aging. For a mild plumping effect, Only You also contains cinnamon bark extract, a natural lip enhancer alone but minus the tingling sensation in this version. This beautiful fresh pink nude hue reveals a flawless high-gloss finish.
Korres Mango Butter Lipstick
Lips need protection from the sun, too–after all, they are highly exposed every day! This sheer Natural Pink lipstick by organic brand Korres offers an SPF of 25, as well as hydrating oils and free-radical fighting plant extracts.
Organic avocado oil is packed with collagen-enhancing Vitamin E and Oleic acid, which has been linked to reduced inflammation, and it is the secret ingredient in Tagarot lipstick by UND GRETEL. Apricot is the perfect flesh nude hue in a nourishing crème finish for soft natural lips.
LIP5 by deCURE is the cure for fuller lips in less than five minutes. This matte-finish lip elixir creates plumper lips by promoting moisture balance, whilst the blueberry and cranberry extracts are said to boost collagen production. Containing no pigment, this is not a lipstick, per se–it is a lip booster, and can be worn alone or prior to your favourite gloss or lipstick application.
Note: Eluxe Magazine was NOT paid to endorse any of these products!