By Andrea: thebestorganicskincare.com
- Vitamin C – stimulates collagen production, reduces hyper-pigmentation and fights free radicals.
- Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant that protects and repairs the skin and also stimulates collagen production. Many plant oils and plant butters are high in vitamin E.
- Carotenoids and Carotenes – precursors of Vitamin A that have been shown to change to Vitamin A (retinol) on the skin when applied topically. Vitamin A is one of the most potent anti-aging vitamins known. It increases collagen production, help fade sun spots, and research is showing it may help build elastin.
- Other Antioxidants -flavonoids (flavones, isoflavones, flavanones, anthocyanins and catechins), polyphenols (ellagic acid, gallic acid, and tannins). Antioxidants repair and prevent damage to the cells in the skin.
- Peptides – The building blocks of proteins. Can help skin stay firmer and younger looking.
- Hyaluronic Acid – a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated.
Isolated or Whole Ingredients?
There are two different groups of organic, anti-aging products:
- Those that use, isolated or lab-synthesized ingredients such as vitamin C from ascorbic acid, peptides like Maxitryl, and synthetic retinol. The effects of these isolated compounds can be studied, and a high level of control over quality and quantity is easy to achieve.
- Those that utilize whole plant extracts, the plants are providing the vitamin C, peptides or retinol. The plant’s medicine is left in a whole state, with its qualities thoroughly infused into oil or alcohol
Which is better?
A mixture of isolated compounds and whole plants will give you the best of both worlds. Plants can provide an excellent range of vitamins and antioxidants, while a few isolated ingredients can work at targeting your skin concern.