deliver the ingredients at their most active.
When it comes to natural ingredients, look on the label for key power players. Chia seeds are rich in skin-plumping omega-3. Perricone MD Chia Serum uses a combination of chia oil and fat-soluble vitamins to hydrate.
Argan oil is another winner. This ancient oil – used by Moroccans to treat all manner of skin conditions – has great hydration properties. Cult brand Moroccanoil harnesses it to smooth heat-damaged hair, while Josie Maran's 100% Argan Oil calms dry, sensitive skin.
Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream and Chantecaille Pure Rosewater (effective as a toner) maximize the anti-inflammatory benefits of rose. It is also a good source for vitamins C and E – excellent for fighting the withering effects of free radicals.
The latest step in anti-aging is extracting stem cells from the plant edelweiss. This promotes high concentrations of leontopodic acids A and B (strong antioxidants that boost collagen and hydration). Try Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect
“Spanish lavender extract is NATURE’S wrinkle buster, while MOISTURIZER is a high-tech HERO”
to see edelweiss in action.
Another key ingredient is Spanish lavender extract, nature's wrinkle-buster. This flower inhibits muscle contractions, reducing the appearance of lines by up to 99 percent – proven by clinical studies conducted by skincare brand Tata Harper (take that, AHAs).
But natural formulas can cause allergies. The answer is to seek out “non-comodegenic” on the label. This means the product won't block pores – in makeup, a mineral formula; in skincare, brands like Avène, La Roche-Posay and Vichy deliver results without breakouts.
WHERE TO GO FOR THE SCIENCE
Some products that use natural formulas just don't measure up to
their high-tech competitors – yet. In sunscreen, mineral alternatives still leave a white film on skin. Try a halfway house, such as Sisley Facial and Body Suncare. The range harnesses the benefit of botanical ingredients, but uses technology to protect from UVA and UVB rays, without leaving that white residue.
Moisturizer is another high-tech hero. Hyaluronic acid is still the gold standard when it comes to hydrating and plumping the skin, and its
natural forms don't yet compare to
the non-natural options. We recommend Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Advanced Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Cream – synthetic, yes, but it gets results.
Serums, too, need serious science. Ingredients such as retinol (vitamin
A) derivatives and peptides will still have a more meaningful impact in terms of penetrating the skin.
The “natural” skincare choice does not have to mean compromise.
Smart products that bridge the gap with high-tech advances mean we can still prioritize results – the best of both worlds – while looking a little more wrinkle-free.
6 natural power players
HYDRATOR: Perricone MD Chia Serum
COMPLEXION REFRESHER: Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
SKIN CALMER: Chantecaille Pure Rosewater
Dr Hauschka Rose Day
SUPER SERUM: Clarins Double Serum