Most of us want to look as young as we can for as long as we can. When we look at the trends in the skincare market, anti-aging products are consistently at the top of the list for most searched. In terms of protecting our precious youth, dermatologists and skincare experts give advice that includes sun protection, drinking more water, eating healthier, and moving your body more (which we also agree with!) but there are some potent natural ingredients that can help, too.
Purslane is a plant in the succulent family with a wide global distribution. It has been cultivated and eaten for at least 2,000 years and has the amazing ability to acclimate to different extreme environments. Many see purslane as a weed, but it is actually a leafy vegetable packed with vitamins and nutrients. Purslane boasts abundant amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as more omega-3 fatty acids than your over the counter fish oil pill. High levels of vitamin E and B vitamins as well as antioxidants like beta carotene are also included in this wonderful weed. However, the real anti-aging superpower of purslane is that it activates telomerase in our bodies. Telomerase is known as the fountain of youth enzyme because having a higher amount of telomerase leads to longer cell life while improving overall cell function. Adding purslane to your beauty routine can help your skin look younger from the inside out.
If you are into skincare, you probably know what retinol is, and maybe you even use one already. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that has been clinically proven to treat wrinkles, speed up skin cell turnover rate, stimulate the production of collagen, and even help decrease inflammation which would otherwise damage the skin. Retinol even works great for acne and other skin issues, and many people attribute their healthy glowing skin to retinol use. However, retinol is synthetic and many of us prefer to use natural products. Some people also have a bad reaction to retinol that can include skin dryness, redness, irritation, sensitivity, itchiness, and peeling. Bakuchiol is a natural retinol alternative that is getting a lot of attention lately because of how regular use of it not only shows a great amount of improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, but also evens out pigmentation, increases elasticity and firmness, and reduces photo-damage. Just like retinol, bakuchiol boosts collagen production while speeding up skin turnover rate. The best thing about bakuchiol is that it addresses all of these skin concerns without the undesirable side effects that retinol can cause. Using bakuchiol keeps us looking glowy, young, and rejuvenated, and keeps harsh chemicals off of our skin.
Saccharomyces Lysate Extract
Fermented foods are all the rage lately even though they have been an integral part of different cultural cuisines for centuries. Their recent popularity can be attributed to how they make us feel from the inside out as well as the proven benefits of biologically active peptides that are responsible for the fermentation process. The benefits from ingesting these foods is parallel to the improvements we can see from utilizing them in our skincare routine. Saccharomyces lysate extract helps facilitate absorption of skincare ingredients because it is able to break down the molecules of the products we use outside of our bodies before it is soaked in, and this reduces the work our bodies have to do later on inside. Because particles in skincare products are sometimes too large to be absorbed fully into the skin, saccharomyces lysate extract will actually help our products work better. Saccharomyces lysate extract is also able to increase the oxygen flow to skin cells. Improving a cells oxygen consumption efficiency has shown to have anti-aging impact because of the reduced work that the cell has to perform combined with reducing damage overall. This means that saccharomyces lysate ferment does double duty-helping other products and ingredients reach their fullest potential while bringing its own anti-aging power to the table.