Concerned About Wrinkles?
Pollution, consumption of processed food, and stress increase our exposure to free radicals. Free radicals break down the collagen and elastin in our skin, leading to sagging, wrinkles and age spots. Wrinkles are also caused by smoking, lack of sleep, consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine, and washing too frequently (especially with chlorinated water and synthetic detergents).
Using soap with synthetic detergents made up of a cocktail of chemicals including petroleum products work by stripping the natural oils from the skin and plugging the pores, thereby reducing the skin's ability to breathe and release toxins. This leaves the skin feeling "clean", but dry along with it. When the natural oils (sebum) from the sebaceous glands of the skin have not been stripped by synthetic soaps, they help to retain moisture in the skin and prevent wrinkles for free!
Jojoba oil contains a waxy substance similar to skin sebum that moisturizes and protects the skin. It penetrates deeply and leaves a silky feel to the skin without blocking the pores. Most companies use less expensive, synthetic chemicals such as silicone derived emollients to obtain this effect.
Antioxidants in the healthy food that we eat and in select products that we put on our skin help protect the collagen and elastin. Antioxidants accomplish this by neutralizing free radicals, thereby protecting the skin from oxidative injury. Consequently, they help skin remain firm, yet supple. Vitamins A, C and E act as antioxidants. Diets rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (especially Omega 3's), and whole grains contain high levels of antioxidants along with hundreds of other natural compounds. This combination of phytonutrients creates a synergistic effect where the total benefit is far greater than from a single, isolated antioxidant.
Other phytonutrients of importance to skin beauty are carotenoids and flavanoids. They strengthen cell membranes, reduce inflammation, and increase levels of antioxidants in the body.
Note: Many supplements and skin lotions are made from synthetic versions of the antioxidants, which your body is not likely to utilize effectively. Even worse, close to 400 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients that are banned from use in other countries.
Omega 3's, along with a sufficient intake of water, help maintain adequate moisture in the skin. Hydration keeps the skin strong as well as helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines. Caffeine and alcohol work in an opposite fashion. They increase the likelihood of dehydration, with a resultant loss of skin moisture and an increase in appearance of wrinkles. Alcohol also increases the risk of leaks in the capillaries, which causes water accumulation in the tissues, sagging and puffiness. The resultant damage to the capillaries hinders the supply of nutrition to the skin cells.
Raw coconut oil is a great anti-wrinkle ingredient because it is a natural antioxidant. By protecting the skin from free radicals, it prevents premature aging, including wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. Coconut oil penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, keeping the skin's connective tissue strong and supple, as well as providing added protection against sagging and wrinkles. It may even repair and restore skin that has already been damaged and wrinkled. It exfoliates the outer layer of skin cells, leaving a smoother texture to the skin.
Unrefined shea butter is a great anti-wrinkle ingredient because it contains vitamins A & E which fight the signs of aging by protecting skin from free radical damage. Shea butter enhances capillary circulation thereby improving the elimination of waste products as well as the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. It also contains several natural anti-inflammatory agents and ingredients that promote skin healing. It improves skin elasticity and moisturizes, as well as helps protect the skin from sun damage.
Note: Be careful to only use shea butter extracted by hand because many companies use inexpensive, toxic chemical solvents such as hexane to extract the shea butter.
Although sunburns are known to lead to wrinkles, gradual exposure to sunlight actually has many health benefits that you may not be aware of. If you are in danger of burning, consider using a healthy alternative to most available sunscreens. Keep in mind that burning is more likely to occur if your diet consists of processed food rather than antioxidant-rich, raw fruits and vegetables.
Aloe vera is a potent healing and regenerative agent. Recent studies indicate that it has the ability to accelerate cell growth in the skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A and E. It is excellent for dry, wrinkled skin. Rosehip seed oil is excellent for scar tissue and wrinkles. It contains naturally occurring essential fatty acids. Olive extract is an antioxidant which fights wrinkles as well as increases hydration and elasticity. Calendula extract, carrot seed extract, rose otto essential oil, organic sweet orange essential oil and as essential oil from Corsica rosemary are regenerative and healing. Carrot seed oil and rose otto essential oil also have toning qualities. D-Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) is good for wrinkles because is improves the moisture-retaining capacity of the skin and stimulates skin regeneration. Dry skin stays supple and elastic for longer. The pure essential oil from fresh lavender flowers regulates sebum production and promotes skin cell regeneration.
Below you will find our wrinkle fighting product recommendations and the associated wrinkle-fighting ingredients present within them. The chosen products come from a unique line that uses a revolutionary bioactive cold formulation to retain the naturally occurring vitamins, phytonutrients, and wrinkle-fighting antioxidants. Unlike other products, synthetic antioxidants do not need to be added after processing. The products below contain 100% beneficial ingredients--no synthetic pH adjusters, consistency modifiers, or preservatives. They are internationally certified organic to food-grade standards.
For Your Face:
For Your Hands:
For Your Body:
Note: Click on a product link to see the complete list of ingredients.
In addition to eating healthy food and using healthy products, exercising helps prevent wrinkles by increases blood flow to the skin. The increased circulation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the skin while removing toxins and waste products.