Skincare Ingredients for Healthy Skin : Part 2
Swiss Apple Stem Cell
Stem cell technology has been used in healthcare, although it is controversial; it has crossed over to skincare with a gentler approach—i.e., using plant stem cells. This is a technology that has revolutionized the world of anti-aging, developing a following with celebrities who are patronizing the Swiss apple stem cell. This is not just any Swiss apple but an 18th century species that grows in one of the most remote places in Switzerland. Almost extinct, the Uttwiler Spatlauber claims not just to treat skin aging, but actually reverses it. A small percentage of the Swiss Apple Stem Cell when mixed with other ingredients in a product can help in the delay of skin aging such as wrinkles, as it increases the human cell's lifespan including skin cells. Labeled as the PhytoCentec Malus Domestica, it is currently the most sought-after skincare ingredient.
Naturally, seaweeds have always been food for marine animals, and later, humans also began to consume this plant, specifically among cultures that existed around the sea. Seaweeds are filled with various amino acids, minerals and vitamins, thus offering a wide array of health benefits for the human body including the skin.
If eating them is not very appealing, seaweeds are now used in skincare products, especially products used in wellness and spa treatments. Its properties and enzymes contain anti-oxidants which make seaweeds beneficial for cell regeneration—giving the skin healthy skin cells which make the new skin look smooth and radiant. Seaweeds are not just for anti-aging, but are also great for skin problems. The red variety of seaweeds has anti-bacterial properties and detoxifies the skin, making it suitable for those with acne problems. The lipids and proteins nourish dry flaky skin and have anti-inflammatory properties that along with B vitamins can help in treating eczema.
Another skin-friendly acid is Hyaluronic Acid. Our bodies naturally produce this substance, but it diminishes as we age along with other factors like pollution, sun exposure and stress. The main responsibility of the Hyaluronic Acid is to ensure that our skin is hydrated. The lack of this acid leads to dry, dull and flaky skin.
Now added into skincare products such as moisturizers, it hydrates the skin. When applied, it also adds water to the skin layers and at the same time locks it in to maintain a moisturized skin. Hyaluronic Acid also helps in boosting the powers of anti-oxidants.
Soy is worshipped among those pursuing a healthy lifestyle, as one of the best alternatives for animal-protein sources. Now, soy is used in the world of skincare, as its vitamins and minerals can do wonders for our outer body layer. Some of the benefits of soy are improving the skin's texture, anti-wrinkle, protects the skin from environmental damages, reduces skin irritation, reduces brown spots, stabilizes oil production and enhances the skin's elasticity. The best property of soy is that it can be used for sensitive skin. Consequently, those with this type of skin should start checking for this ingredient.
Environmental problems such as global warming and depletion of the ozone layers give rise to cases of photo-aging (skin aging caused by the sun) as well as skin cancer. Aside from wearing protective clothing or staying out of the sun, we can use products that add more protection to our skin against the sun. Sunscreen is the safest and the most effective shield that we have. We all need sunscreen even if we only stay indoors since some UV lights can penetrate. Pick sunscreens with at least a SPF 15 level, and it should be higher if you are going to be outdoors for longer periods of time. Fortunately, sunscreen protection is now incorporated into most beauty products.
Let this list be your guide in choosing the best products, both as a topical layer and as a supplement towards reaching your goal of having healthy and radiant skin.