The skin is the largest organ and the body’s first line of defence so it’s no surprise that it’s quick to reveal the signs of ageing with thinning, sagging, wrinkles, age spots, dryness and broken blood vessels.
Fortunately, there are a few natural ingredients that can help these changes in both the upper layer (epidermis) and lower layer (dermis) causing ageing skin.
Honey has been used in skin care for centuries, the natural enzymes in honey deliver important antiseptic and moisture retaining properties — assisting ageing skin that suffers increased dryness and thinning of layers, which may lead to heightened inflammation and sensitivity.
Studies have revealed that Manuka honey has also been shown to have advanced skin properties assisting in managing minor wounds and providing symptomatic relief of dry, sensitive skin and even eczema.
Liquorice extract can assist in the treatment of skin redness and rosacea and especially pigmentation thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Pigmentation tends to increase in number and cluster in certain areas as we age, especially on areas that have been exposed to the sun, for example, the backs of your hands. Most people refer to these as ‘age’ or ‘liver’ spots. Liquorice root can be an effective skin care ingredient as it interrupts the enzyme that stimulates melanin production. Improve dark spots and help lighten under eye circles by eating liquorice.
- Green tea
Green tea can help prevent and reverse UV damage to the skin through its high levels of antioxidant chemicals. Green tea is also a natural anti-inflammatory and skin soothing ingredient in skincare which can help to prevent collagen breakdown, one of the prime factors contributing to wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, oatmeal can help treat a range of skin irritations and help to replenish and maintain the skin barrier. The skin barrier is often compromised in ageing skin due to the slowing down of cell production in the epidermis and reduction of protective sweat and oil glands.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) battles some of the common signs of ageing skin by providing potent antioxidant protection against damaging free radicals. Free radicals are generated through UV light and air pollution causing the skin to age by damaging collagen and forming darks spots. Vitamin C aids in collagen synthesis targeting sagging and dullness in the skin, this is essential for boosting firmness and smoothness. Vitamin C’s antioxidant power can also help to lighten dark spots while decreasing inflammation and irritation. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the health of the skin as it works on improving the appearance of wrinkles and skin texture.
Alongside these natural ingredients SkinMed recommend Synchrovit® C to slow down skin damage, ageing of skin, improve elasticity and firmness, resist the formation of age spots, plaques and thread veins and reduce flushing episodes. Antioxidant formulas alone only neutralise 20% of free radicals, whether it is vitamin C, CE ferulic combinations, alpha lipoic acid or whichever. SkinMed combine vitamin C (10% ascorbic acid) and super oxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that forces superoxide to immediately convert to a weaker free radical that vitamin C can neutralise. Both SOD and ascorbic acids are boosted by adding in Zinc to the serum.
We also recommend Synchrovit® A/E, a rapid acting Retinol A cream containing encapsulated forms of Vitamin A (Retinol) and Vitamin E (Tocopherol), for use around the eyes, lips, face and neck. Synchrovit® also contains ingredients which improves skin tone and increases the skin’s ability to hold water. Vitamin A and vitamin E improve the appearance of wrinkles as they inhibit the formation of free radicals and stimulate cellular renewal, leaving the skin younger looking and brighter and promotes tone and turgidity on the skin of the face and neck.