Top 10 Age-Defying Organic Cosmetics Ingredients

The Beauty Agents That Work Without Killing You!

You shouldn’t have to worry about your health when you’re shopping for youth restoring products but the sad truth is that you do.

Many mainstream beauty products and skincare lines contain ingredients that are not only ineffective but downright harmful.

In an effort to find products that work and are safe, I’ve delved into the world of organic cosmetics and am happy to report that there are indeed some natural, reliable ingredients out there. By the end of this article, you’ll know what elements will safely reduce wrinkles, even your skin tone, and restore that youthful glow.

Here are the top 10 organic beauty ingredients in no particular order.

  1. Azalaic Acid

    Azelaic Acid is a natural trigger for the release of salycilic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory component of a plant’s defensive response to infection. This is the ingredient to look for if you’re seeking relief from melasma, age spots, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or acne.

    In rare cases women have reported facial hair growth so just be aware.

  2. Hyaluronic Acid

    Your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid and uses it as a lubricant for your joints and connective tissues. As you age, you stop producing as much of it. One of the beautiful things about this substance is its ability to hold up to 1000x its weight in water.

    Doctors also prescribe it as a scar inhibitor or reducer and a healing aid for skin injuries or traumas so hyaluronic acid is something that you should make sure is in your moisturizers and lotions. Follow this link to find products that contain hyaluronic acid.

  3. Vitamin C

    We’ve discussed the function of collagen and why it’s important in order to keep your face firm and wrinkle free. If you remember, we also talked about the fact that your body slows down production of it as you age which causes wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines to appear with a vengeance.

    Vitamin C is an essential component to the synthesis of collagen. Not only is it a powerful anti-oxidant when taken orally, it also helps your skin stay young looking when you apply it topically. Antioxidants are also amazing for preventing and reversing the damage caused by free radicals, so by adding C, you’re getting twice the bang for your buck.

    Click the following link to find lotions that contain vitamin C.

  4. Rose Hip Oil

    Rich in Retinol, Omega 3’s and Vitamin C, rose hip oil is really good for softening your skin and reducing sun damage. It also helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, even out tone and reduce scarring. Because it is an oil, people prone to acne may want to use with caution.

  5. Green and White Tea Extracts

    Both green and white tea extracts contain polyphenols, flavenols and EGCG, which is an extremely potent antioxidant. As a matter of fact, there are several studies that show that EGCG actually stimulates dying cells into new activity.

    Tea extracts don’t penetrate further than your top layer of skin, but that’s where all of the damage and signs of aging appear anyway. In addition, EGCG may also protect you from skin cancer caused by sun damage, as well as preventing sun damage caused by UVB rays to begin with.

  6. Shea Butter

    She butter is an awesome, natural moisturizer as well as an anti-inflammatory. It also protects you from sun damage.

    Extracted from the nut of the African shea trea, shea butter is safe to eat and is sometimes used as a replacement for cocoa butter in chocolate, though the tastes are way different. Found in lotions, soaps, hair conditioners, and other cosmetics, it’s an ingredient to look for if you need moisturizing and emollient properties in your products.

  7. Grapeseed Oil

    Not only is grapeseed oil packed with antioxidants that can help fight free radicals and prevent damage, it’s also a great moisturizer that keeps your skin from drying out. When your skin is supple and moist, it’s better able to retain vitamins and nutrients necessary for health and a youthful appearance.

  8. Phytessence Wakame

    One of the most commonly eaten sea kelps in Japan, phytessence wakame is hitting the anti-aging scene like a rock star. Why though? Because it’s stuffed full of antioxidants, anti-allergic properties and anti-inflammatories.

    As if that’s not enough, it also possesses anti-carcinogenic and anti-allergic qualities and inhibits the activity of hyaluronidase, one of the enzymes that breaks down hyaluronic acid, that miracle lube that we discussed earlier.

    Traditionally, phytessence wakame is part of the Japanese diet and is the most eaten kelp of all of those available but recently the amazing qualities of this sea weed have become more widely popular. Because of this, manufacturers have found ways to covert the kelp into dietary supplement and cosmetic additives without losing the qualities.

  9. Alpha Lipoic Acid

    Unlike its sister antioxidants vitamins C and E, alpha lipoic acid is soluble in both water and fat. This means that it’s usable throughout the body. It’s actually created by your body and is used to turn glucose into energy. It’s also pretty amazing at fighting free radicals, which protects your skin from wrinkles and is easily absorbed by your skin.

  10. DMAE

    DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol, is a naturally occurring substance in your body that is an important part of cell membranes. It also facilitates the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Used in studies, it’s been shown to decrease the age-related decline in mental function and memory. Another interesting side effect, and one that’s most relevant, is that it also reduces the accumulation of flipofuscin (a cellular pigment made up of chunks of molecular waste) deposits inside cells.

    This accumulation is suspected to contribute significantly to the aging process. Nobody’s sure whether or not this is what contributes to the fact that DMAE has tightening effects on facial skin but it does. Though the exact reason has yet to be found, there are definitely studies that show that DMAE is at least moderately effective.

    Studies, however, also show that DMAE doesn’t reverse sag but can prevent further damage.

There are a few other ingredients that we’ve already discussed in our Top 10 Anti-Aging Ingredients that are also natural, so you may want to read that article as well. Some of them include alpha hydroxy, resveratrol, and vitamin E, also known as tocopheryl acetate. Aloe is also a handy moisturizing and healing agent that is nice to have, especially if you have irritated skin.

Now that you know some of the ingredients to look for in your organic anti-aging products, let’s take a look at some brands that offer quality organic cosmetics that can help you stay young looking without killing you!

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