No one can stop the clock, but it may be possible to slow things down in terms of damage to your skin. With more sunny days ahead, I was interested to see if there are compounds and plants that show real promise when it comes to anti-aging effects and skin protection. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
The polyphenols in green tea may confer sun protection, which in turn can combat premature skin aging. Participants in one particular study drank it daily for several months and were exposed to UV light along with a control group. After 6 weeks they showed 16 percent less sun damage; when 12 weeks had elapsed the number rose to 25 percent. This study focused on topically applied green tea extract and found that after UV exposure cell biopsies showed fewer sunburned cells and less DNA damage.
The oil produced from calendula flowers has for centuries been a staple in wound and skin care. We now know that the carotenoids may even help regenerate skin cells. Researchers in India recently looked into the SPF (sun protection factor) of calendula, and obtained promising results. Calendula could also help fight free radical damage to the skin.
It’s naturally present in the human body, mainly in the eyes and joints, and works as a cushion and lubricant. That explains the recent interest in this compound’s ability to moisturize and give skin a more youthful appearance.
I was curious to see if there was an affordable formula which contains this beneficial skincare element and discovered Matrixyl from Timeless Skin Care (you can get 40% off your purchase until April 30th). It’s a non-greasy clear serum that dries quickly. It’s also paraben-free and cruelty-free. To use, simply apply a few drops to your fingertips and smooth over your skin morning and night, after cleansing.
Matrixyl 3000 serum works to reduce cutaneous photodamage as your papillary dermis network is slowly restructured. Over a short period of continual use, reviewers have consistently reported big changes in the way skin looks and feels.
This mineral helps protect against cancers caused by sun exposure. Selenium scores additional points for keeping our skin elastic and slowing down the aging of skin tissue. Fortunately, you can incorporate it into your diet with foods like whole grains, eggs, seafood and garlic.
You can also find selenium in over-the-counter supplements and formulations.
It’s a very common ingredient in skincare products, so you’re probably already aware of the antioxidant Vitamin E. It protects our cell membranes from damage. Besides making its way into the medicine cabinet, Vitamin E is found naturally in vegetable oils, nuts, oats, grains and some dairy. Supplementing 400 mg per day can reduce photodamage and wrinkles.
And don’t forget one of the easiest and most basic ways to protect your skin this summer – a quality sunscreen!