In our Anti-Aging Essentials series, we break down ingredients that are potent tools against common aging concerns. This is a roundup of some all-star natural ingredients for fine lines and wrinkles free skin.
As we age, our skin becomes more sensitive to external damage and its cells regenerate at a slower pace, thus making it more susceptible to the free radical damage that causes wrinkles to form. We all know that a prime contributor to this free radical damage is sun exposure: As plastic surgeon Julius Few tells goop, “Excessive ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun leads to damaged elastin production and a reduced ability for the skin to repair itself over time.”
However, while regularly applying sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure is crucial to combating free radical damage, a number of other environmental and habitual factors also influence wrinkle formation. Smoking hinders elastin production in the skin, while alcohol consumption causes a loss of vitamins essential to repairing and tightening the skin. Ground-level ozone caused by pollution speeds aging processes, causing the accelerated formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Even making the same facial expressions out of habit can lead to the long-lasting formation of wrinkles.
Given all of these factors, it comes as no surprise that fine lines and wrinkles are some of the biggest aging concerns that people face today. While combating these signs of aging might seem like an impossible task, there are a number of ingredients and natural remedies that are potent tools for bringing youthfulness and tightness to the complexion. At UMA, we incorporate and celebrate ingredients that have been used for thousands of years as healing remedies and anti-aging salves. Here are 4 natural ingredients we adore that are superstars for wrinkle reduction.
Also known as “liquid gold,” frankincense oil has been revered for thousands of years for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to improving gut health and fading scars, it makes a potent remedy for signs of aging. Among its many benefits is the capacity to tone and tighten the skin, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles. As dermatologist Rita Linkner tells The Zoe Report, “Frankincense benefits include the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, and defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes.” Additionally, a 2003 study shows that frankincense essential oil can help reduce the appearance of sunspots and improve skin complexion. Incorporate this “liquid gold” into your daily skincare routine for smooth, tight, and radiant skin.
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Potent frankincense essential oil acts as a natural astringent and minimizes the appearance of even the most stubborn of skin imperfections for a healthy skin tone and texture and hydrates the skin.
A natural astringent, geranium oil tightens the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles while also providing deep hydration and evenness. As dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD, notes, “geranium helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while calming irritated spots and boosting naturally glowing skin.” Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties enable it to soothe acne, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. With the help of geranium oil, the skin becomes hydrated, supple, and even.
Rich in lycopenes and Vitamins A, C, and E, papaya extract is an excellent tool for combatting free radical damage. As a result, papaya extract helps the skin to remain youthful and firm. Papaya extracts’ antioxidants may also help improve skin elasticity, which can further reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
High in water content, papaya extract also makes an excellent source of moisture and hydration. Additionally, it contains the enzyme pepsin, which smooths skin and imbues it with luminosity. Try out papaya extract for an instant glow-up as it turns your complexion radiant and hydrated.
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Papaya extract delivers a robust dose of vitamins, while pure almond extract deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin.
In addition to being a superfood, pomegranate seed oil’s abundance of antioxidants and nutrients also make it a stellar anti-aging ingredient. High in polyphenols, pomegranate seed oil neutralizes free radicals, repairs environmental damage, and improves skin elasticity, thus decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, its powerful fatty acids enable it to deeply hydrate dry or cracked skin without leaving behind any oiliness. Studies show that pomegranate seed oil’s deeply penetrating properties make it an effective moisturizing and protecting skin treatment, making it an effective hydrating and tightening treatment for all skin types.
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A nourishing base of Moringa and Pomegranate oils provides fast-absorbing and long-lasting moisture, preventing the appearance of premature signs of aging.