Skincare Ingredients for Healthy Skin : Part 1
Rose Hip Seed Oil
Found growing in the southern Andes region in South America, this rare wild bush produces an oil from seeds that are cold-pressed. This amber-colored aromatic oil is now considered one of the best when it comes to anti-aging as well as to skin rejuenation. It contains retinol (a form of Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E and fatty acids, which are all beneficial to the skin. Rose hip seed oil is used to prevent and cure wrinkles, reduce scars, firm and smooth the skin. Aside from treating aging, this oil is also used for acne, dermatitis and eczema, and is good for sensitive skin.
When searching for skincare products that can delay and treat the signs of aging—i.e., wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines—you must look for anti-oxidants in the ingredients. The word “anti-oxidant,” means that these vitamins and minerals will fight the oxidation of skin cells that lead to damaged cells and are manifested with wrinkles and dull skin. The most prominent ant-oxidants are polyphonels and retinol. Polyphonels fight the free radicals in the cells which are damaged skin cells. They can be found in natural extracts such as green tea. Polyphenols protect the skin from sun damage, brighten the skin tone and promote collagen production. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which promotes collagen production; collagen is responsible for our skin's tightness. Retinol also makes our skin plumper.
We all know that Vitamin C is good for our health, and it can easily be sourced from citrus fruits. Aside from boosting our immune system, Vitamin C is wonderful for our skin. As skin ages, Vitamin C protects the skin from the sun by increasing the natural skin barrier, thus reducing signs of photo-aging like skin discoloration and brown spots. Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen. The more collagen our skin has, the more supple and firm it is. The lack of collagen means saggy skin. With collagen, wrinkles will be reduced. This vitamin is also known for its anti-oxidant properties.
AHA stands for Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and is a natural-based acid that is commonly used in scrubs and exfoliants. There are many types of AHAs, such as glycolic that comes from sugarcane, malic from apples, lactic from milk and citric from fruits. AHAs are beneficial in removing dead skin cells from the epidermis to reveal healthier skin cells that look radiant and younger-looking.