These days adverts for beauty products seem to focus on the latest development, new technologies and advanced formulas, but when it comes to our skin, is science really any better than beauty products derived from nature? Does following a more natural path ensure we get the same results, or should we rely on scientific breakthroughs?
If you are getting confused between your peptides and your AHA’s, it makes sense to trust in a natural product, with fewer ingredients, that have been tested and used successfully over time. And as skin is made up of essentially 70 percent water and 30 percent oil, do we really need to rely on science in the fight against anti-ageing?
Well as with all things, there are pros and cons on either side. There are some fabulous natural ingredients that require little or no extra compounds and give amazing results.
And many natural formulas are utilising some of the world’s greatest new technologies, such as flash chromatography, a procedure that separates components to extract the most active ingredients in their highest concentration.
So where should you start if you are looking for great natural ingredients?
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Well, Argan oil has been used for hundreds of years in many different forms, it can nourish hair, treat a wide range of skin conditions and it is a great moisturiser. Moroccans have been using Argan oil for centuries, and it is only recently that western cultures have cottoned on to this wonderful natural product.
Josie Maran’s 100% Argan Oil $48
If you are specifically searching for natural anti-ageing beauty products, the latest ‘new’ discovery is Spanish lavender extract, described as ‘nature’s wrinkle-buster’. This much under used flower can actually inhibit muscle contractions and clinical studies have shown that it can reduce the appearance of lines by up to 99 percent.
Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence is ideal for all skin types and costs £68
And I bet you didn’t know that scientists are now extracting stem cells from the plant edelweiss, as they say it promotes the high concentrations of leontopodic acids A and B, which are the strong antioxidants used to help boost collagen and hydration.
Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect £49.49
But what if you prefer to place your trust and skincare into the hands of renowned scientists, and want the latest technology with proven clinical results? There are a few key ingredients to look out for.
For major moisturising properties, you can’t really beat hyaluronic acid, as it has no natural substitute and is considered the best compound for hydrating and plumping the skin.
Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Advanced Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Cream is a favourite product and costs $52
For those who suffer from dull complexions, sun damage or lines and wrinkles, AHA’s are chemical exfoliants that will help with all of these complaints, and they are far more effective then natural abrasive scrubs.
And as they clear away the build up of debris on the skin, they also increase the absorption of active ingredients found in your skincare products.
Try Priori Advanced AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub at £27.95
Finally, peptides have been proven to enhance collagen production, reduce wrinkles & discoloration, and work by allowing the natural production of collagen and elastin, both of which plump the skin and give it elasticity.
Olay Regenerist beauty product
Olay Regenerist products contain peptides and are an affordable option to many high end beauty creams. It seems then that we should not ignore natural or scientific products, as they both offer alternatives to anti-ageing.