Why Are Plants and Fruits Used In Skincare Products?
Plenty of people ask us why we use extracts from fruit, vegetables and plants for our natural skincare. It’s an easy one to answer because all of these contain amazing antioxidants which are important in protecting your skin from damage caused by nasty free radicals. It’s all very well having a term like free radicals but not everyone knows exactly what it means. Yes, you’ve all heard of it but let’s look at what they are.
They are damage caused by city and everyday pollution, petrol fumes, industrial fumes, UV rays from the sun, X-rays and smoking. Eventually, free radicals lead to lines, age spots and wrinkles so using products containing antioxidants delays premature ageing and protect skin from looking old. Free radicals are produced by your own body and they actually help metabolism but when your body produces too much this is when they become your skin’s enemy because they are able to destroy enzymes, molecules and even your cells. They multiply quickly when the body is subject to damaging outside elements. This is when they speed up ageing because they are very effective at breaking down collagen as well as stopping suitable levels of oxygen getting to your skin cells. To put it bluntly, your body gets 10,000 free radical hits a day so it’s really important to protect your skin!
That’s where antioxidants come in and these come from fruit, vegetables and plants. These are molecules which protect your skin (and body). Antioxidants are generally Vitamins such as C and E, minerals (e.g. Selenium) and something called “flavonoids” this one is found in plants. The best place to get your antioxidants is through eating fruit and vegetables and using skincare containing fruit, vegetable and plant extract.
There are so many antioxidants in fruit, veg and plants but really, it’s not important where the antioxidant comes from it’s more important that they are blended well with others. Skin gets maximum protection from free radicals when there are several antioxidants combined. Look at it this way; we are all encouraged to eat a variety of colourful fruit and vegetables, if you just stick with one fruit or vegetable type your body won’t get the same benefit as when you eat 5 different varieties. The same applies to antioxidants in skincare.
The best antioxidants for skin are as follows, you will find many of these in our Naturology Anti-Ageing collection:
- Vitamin E which prevents the cell membranes from sun damage and when combined with Vitamin C it is a powerful moisturiser.
- Vitamin C which is excellent for combatting wrinkles, lines and age spots. It is well known for being an excellent age fighter. Vitamin C encourages collagen production and strengthens the skin’s barrier and repair process. It’s also excellent for sun protection (although you should never skimp on sunscreen).
- Resveratrol found in red wine, nuts, berries and grapes is another good collagen stimulant and helps reduce cell damage. If your skin suffers acne, rosacea or eczema Resveratrol helps to diminish inflammation too.
- Retinol otherwise known as the Vitamin A molecule is well known in skin care and is an excellent anti-ageing ingredient. If you want to keep your skin looking younger for longer this is one ingredient (along with Vitamin E and C) that will go a long way to achieving your goal. It also reduces brown spots and helps improve spotty skin.
- Green Tea is known to work well for health and also improves skin’s texture, minimising fine lines and giving skin a plumping boost.
So now you know the benefits of using plants and vegetable extracts in your skincare because of their anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits. At Naturology we only use natural products! You won’t find Phthalates, Sulphate or Parabens in any of our skincare. All our products are at least 94% natural and help keep your skin youthful and radiant. Try it because we know you will see the difference.
- Mark Wallace