As we all know, aging and exposure to elements in the environment take an increasing toll on everyone’s skin over time. As an esthetician or other beauty professional, your clients look to you to help them combat these effect so they can continue to look and feel as young as possible.
Choosing the right topical products for facial treatments and other skin applications is so important to retaining clients, become their trusted adviser, and getting word-of-mouth recommendations. And this means selecting products made with natural ingredients for anti-aging skincare that actually work.
Below are some of the best, backed up by science. Look for topical treatments that contain one or more of these natural ingredients for anti-aging skincare when stocking your spa, salon, or studio with in-house treatments and retail products.
The Best Natural Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients
- Aloe vera supplies an array of rejuvenating and skin-strengthening vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, amino acids, plant steroids, and more; it also contains two hormones—auxin and gibberellins—with anti-inflammatory action and that boost the skin’s ability to heal wounds and stimulate new cell growth.
- Amino acids are building blocks of protein synthesis and the skin’s natural protective layer, and they enhance tissue strength and wound healing while fighting free radical damage.
- Beeswax has natural antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s great for moisturizing, healing, and protecting heavily damaged skin and for treating dermatitis.
- Beta glucan is an easily absorbed hydrating compound that also soothes irritation and inflammation, stimulates collagen synthesis, and accelerates wound healing.
- Chamomile is an herb with anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antioxidant properties.
- Ginseng has numerous bioactive compounds that bring about a more youthful, bright, vibrant appearance to the skin and reduce fine lines by contributing to a number of natural processes on the cellular level; it also offers potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.
- Green tea delivers epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant, plus methylxanthines that boost circulation in the smallest blood vessels; it helps rejuvenate the skin and protect it from further damage.
- Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that’s essential for skin’s moisture retention; this naturally occurring compound decreases with aging, so it’s highly beneficial to provide it in topical supplement form.
- Niacin/nicotinic acid, also known as vitamin B3, nourishes and soothes the skin while reducing moisture loss; it aids in protein synthesis and a variety of other natural processes that promote skin resilience and healing.
- Oats soothe and soften the skin while delivering natural anti-inflammatory action.
- Panthenol is converted into panthothenic acid, otherwise known as vitamin B5, and is a soothing, highly absorbable humectant.
- Phospholipids both attract moisture and increase the skin’s ability to retain it, and they improve the skin’s ability to resist damage from environmental factors.
- Plant oils with triglycerides, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, palmitic acid, vitamin E, and other nutrients nourish the skin and build its natural barrier, have anti-inflammatory action, promote moisture retention, and offer other benefits; a few particularly good ones to look for include hemp seed oil, hazelnut oil, safflower oil, and evening primrose oil.
- Vitamin C—especially as sodium ascorbyl phosphate—is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant that combats aging effects caused by free radicals; it’s also great for treating and preventing photoaging and other sun damage, acne, and rosacea, and it stimulates collagen production and wound healing.
- Vitamin E (sometimes listed as tocopherols) is another potent antioxidant that inhibits the oxidative stress and aging effects of free radical damage, and it speeds wound healing.
- Zinc is a mineral that offers anti-inflammatory properties and that’s essential to wound healing; it’s particularly beneficial for the elderly and diabetics with slow-healing wounds.