Anti-aging Secrets for Natural Beauties

Written by on June 19, 2012 in Health - No comments | Print this page

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There was a time when women only used anti-aging products that promised to contain the latest and greatest chemical breakthroughs to keep them young. Times have changed, and today natural beauty products have taken over women’s bathroom sinks and changed the face of the beauty industry. Many of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen, but just because you can eat them doesn’t mean they aren’t effective. Below are three natural ingredients to look for when shopping for natural beauty products that will keep you looking young:

1. Green and White Tea

Both green tea and white tea, with their high levels of antioxidants, have been used to combat signs of aging in Asia for centuries. Green tea fights off free radicals which damage healthy skin cells and can lead to wrinkles and age spots. In addition, both green and white tea can fight the effects of sun damage and provide a small amount of natural sun blocking power when used topically. The beauty of using tea to promote healthy skin is that many of us enjoy drinking tea daily. If you really want to boost green and white tea skin healing benefits try looking for it as an ingredient in your natural beauty products.

2. Shitake Mushrooms

Another beauty secret coming from Asia, shitake mushrooms have long been prized for their ability to enhance healthy skin and promote youth. In Asia, shitake mushrooms are used in cooking and are often heavily featured in many traditional dishes. Today shitake mushrooms can be found as an ingredient showcased in many natural beauty products to reverse signs of aging and even out skin discoloration. Short of placing shitake mushrooms all over your face or eating them at every meal, an easier way to benefit from the ingredient is to seek out natural beauty products with the natural shitake complex listed as an active ingredient.


3. Vitamin E and Vitamin C

Vitamin E is found in many of the ingredient lists of popular skin care brands. For years, vitamin E was touted as an amazing anti-aging ingredient and while it’s no longer showcased as heavily as is was in the past, you can still find it in many moisturizers and cleansers that claim anti-aging benefits. Vitamin E is full of the same antioxidants found in tea that fight free radicals. In addition, vitamin E is wonderfully moisturizing and reverses signs of skin damage.

Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant with healing powers that has been used in skincare extensively. In particular, vitamin C helps create and rebuild collagen, the loss of which can lead to skin elasticity diminishing. Vitamin C also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and use of it on the skin promotes the healthy skin glow that everyone is after.

In addition to natural beauty products that carry these vitamins, both can be found in a variety of foods. Vitamin e can be found in many nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, and peanuts.  Dried apricots, cooked taro, and cooked spinach are also good sources of vitamin E. Orange juice, grapefruits, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, and kiwi are foods rich in vitamin C.

The market for natural skin care products continues to grow as more people find that the chemicals we have been smearing on our faces for years can have other side effects apart from fighting wrinkles. If you haven’t tried natural products yet, you will be surprised to find that they can have just as great an effect, and in some cases be stronger, than traditional chemical-laden moisturizers, cleaners, and toners. These ingredients are often times gentler on your skin and healthier for your body too.

This is a guest post.  Sharon Miller is a blogger for Yves-Rocher.co.uk and writes about natural beauty products and natural beauty tips.

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