Five potent botanicals that firm, smooth, and tone.
The research proves it!
We're not surprised that the latest crop of skin rejuvenators comes straight from Mother Nature.
Many of us prefer products that harness the anti-aging power of plants and believe they're better for your skin.
Doctors say they're effective, too.
Botanicals are the best sources for discovering new ingredients that protect and repair our aging skin.
Vitamins, antioxidants, and emollients that spring from leaves, nuts, and fruits can soften wrinkles, fight sagging, and boost our radiance.
Here, we've unearthed five that deliver a major youth boost, just how nature intended.
This is a flowering shrub that flourishes throughout the United States, bearberry is quickly becoming a popular skin brightener.
The leaves contain arbutin, a derivative of the skin lightener hydroquinone (HQ), which reduces the formation of pigment-producing melanin.
Unfortunately, HQ can irritate your skin.
Bearberry is a milder, but effective, HQ alternative when combined with other botanically based pigment faders.
In one study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, women with melasma who applied a cocktail that included bearberry extract once a day, lightened the dark patches of skin by nearly 70% after 3 months...without any side effects.
Those using prescription-strength HQ saw a 77% improvement, but a quarter of them reported reactions, such as itchy, dry skin.
Acai For Flawless-skin
It may be little, but this brightly colored Brazilian berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) packs a big anti-aging punch. Acai berries are rich in emollients such as essential fatty acids and phyto-sterols that help seal in moisture and strengthen the skin's surface so it's more resilient against outside irritation. Acai is a powerful protector against free radicals, too.
The pulp contains a significant concentration of anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments that give red and purple produce their deep hue.
Hence the reason this super fruit boasts one of the highest ORAC scores, thought to measure a food's ability to combat premature aging, even when applied on skin.
Acai reduces UV damage that eventually causes wrinkles, brown spots and sagging.
Proof that good things really do come in small packages.
Tea brewed from the leaves of this South African shrub are rich in anti-inflammatories such as quercetin that help relieve itchiness and facial flushing.
Red tea is ideal for reducing irritation associated with rosacea and eczema flare-ups.
It soothes skin after a peel or microderm-abrasion, too.
Red tea also shines at preventing the UV damage that causes fine lines and brown spots.
Packed with antioxidants, including aspalathin, found only in red tea, it reduces free radical damage by as much as 90%, according to one study.
Red tea decreased skin cancer tumors at least 60%, as well.
Argan Oil For Flawless-skin
Pressed from the nut of the Moroccan argan tree, the oil is touted as "liquid gold" for its ability to moisturize dry, lackluster skin.
A high concentration of essential fatty acids and vitamin-E, two key parts of skin's lubricating layer, explains the oil's power.
These two components help the skin stay hydrated and prevent further moisture loss.
The leaves of the tree are loaded with glycerin, a humectant that attracts water, plumping wrinkles.
The leaf extract fends off wrinkle-causing free radicals as well, reducing collagen and elastin damage by 45% in one study.
Dubbed the King of Fruit in Asia, durian may soon rule the world as a top skin rejuvenatory.
Don't let its spiky exterior scare you: The source of Durian's beauty benefits is the creamy pulp, which contains hydrating oils, protective antioxidants, and natural sugars that strengthen cell membranes and prevent moisture from escaping.
We hope these five natural ingredients help you to attain that flawless-skin you've been striving for.Tweet
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