An Introduction to Natural Wrinkle Cream
Learn How to Avoid Chemicals in Anti-Aging Creams
Past the age of 30, almost all of us want to look and feel younger than we actually are, so the job of a natural anti-wrinkle treatment is a big one. Don't worry, ecolife highlights the key ingredients you should avoid and how to go about purchasing natural wrinkle creams.
Common chemicals found in wrinkle creams
The litany of toxicants in your anti-aging wrinkle creams and serums may be longer than any other given cream. Here are a few of the chemicals you should stay away from:
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Mineral oil
- Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)
- Synthetic fragrances
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
Get rid of wrinkles naturally with prevention and organic anti-aging creams
We’ve got the expert’s word on the causes of wrinkles with Mitra to help you figure out why wrinkles develop in the first place. Of course, getting rid of wrinkles naturally starts by preventing wrinkles before they start by having a nutritious, well-balanced diet, avoiding sun exposure, wearing natural sunscreen, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water. You may even want to do some facial exercises to increase circulation and improve muscle tone in your face.
But if you’re looking for ways to reverse the signs of aging, you’ll want a product that contains these natural ingredients:
- Antioxidants: These are powerful substances that reverse the signs of aging and the effects of free radicals that damage skin and help to improve skin’s overall look and feel. One of the most commonly used is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), with vitamin C being a close second in wrinkle-defense. This category also includes vitamin wrinkle-fighters like A and E which can stimulate the production of collagen naturally. You can find antioxidants in things like spinach, broccoli, peanuts, avocado, whole grains, and so forth. Most science seems to indicate that obtaining extra CoQ10 is most effective when taken orally in supplement form or through foods such as oily fish, liver, and whole grains.
- Collagen: This ingredient is used commonly in conventional anti-aging products and eye creams, and is usually derived from the animal tissues of vertebrates but has not been proven to improve your own skin’s collagen. You can look for natural and vegan alternatives for firming your skin like soy protein, amla oil (from the Indian Tree’s fruit), or almond oil.
- Elastin: This is a natural ingredient in that it is not derived from petroleum or synthetics, but it is derived from animals (cow neck ligaments and aortas). Like collagen, elastin won’t actually improve your own skin’s elastin. So if you’re looking for a vegan product, avoid this ingredient and look instead for things like plant proteins from soy, amla oil, or almond oil.
- Moisturizers: Having enough moisture in an anti-aging formula is a must. Moisturizers help to prevent wrinkles, and for this purpose you can look for things like grape seed oil (which also fades stretch marks), avocado oil (improves collagen content), shea butter, olive oil, caster oil, jojoba oil, and the like. Learn how you can make your own natural facial moisturizer.
Purchasing natural wrinkle creams
If you’re looking for a natural wrinkle cream, whether fighting forehead craters or laugh lines, look for organic anti-aging face products such as these:
- Age Reversal Face Serum - Desert Essence
- Ester-C Hydrating Masque - JASON
- Naturally Ageless Line Diminishing Day Lotion - Burt’s Bees
- Sea Buckthorn with Ester-C Rejuvenating Antioxidant Serum - Aubrey Organics
As always, when looking for any personal care products and ingredients to make your own, be sure to keep the health of animals in mind by purchasing products made without animal products, byproducts, and free of animal testing. Spy the Leaping Bunny Logo or the Certified Vegan Logo to be sure that you’ve got a cruelty-free product.
1 Coenzyme Q10. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.htm
2 Animal Ingredients List. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from Caring Consumer: http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_ingredients_list.asp
3 Animal Ingredients List. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from Caring Consumer: http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_ingredients_list.asp