Natural Solutions To Fight The Signs Of Ageing - Do Natural Anti-Ageing Products Work?
Updated: Aug 4
As we grow older, our skin experiences various changes including fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity. To tackle these signs of ageing, many individuals turn to anti-ageing skincare products. But, do these products actually work and are they worth the investment?
Can Anti-Ageing Skincare Halt the Signs of Ageing?
The answer is a mixture of yes and no. Whilst skincare products cannot reverse the signs of ageing completely, they can help to slow down the process and improve the appearance of the skin. The secret to success is choosing products that have ingredients that are proven to be effective.
How do natural anti-ageing skincare products compare to synthetic products?
When it comes to anti-ageing skincare products, natural and synthetic products both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Natural skincare products are formulated with nourishing, plant-based ingredients that are free from synthetic chemicals and can provide long-term results. Synthetic skincare products, on the other hand, can sometimes be more effective short term, but they can cause skin irritation and other side effects, and are often not suitable for sensitive skin.
Which natural ingredients are effective in anti-ageing skincare?
There are a number of ingredient categories that have been proven to reduce the signs of ageing in skincare products, including:
Barrier Repair Agents: These ingredients help restore and maintain the health of the skin's barrier. The skin barrier is a protective layer on the surface of the skin which prevents water loss and protects against environmental stressors and irritants. When the skin barrier is damaged, it can cause dry, itchy, and irritated skin. Barrier repair agents work by replenishing the natural lipids (fats) that make up the skin's barrier. A key ingredient in Bee Cosmetic’s range is beeswax, which is an excellent barrier repair agent and forms a protective layer on the skin's surface.
Moisturising Agents: These are ingredients that hydrate the skin and prevent water loss. Moisturisers work by forming a barrier on the skin's surface to lock in moisture, and they can also contain ingredients that attract and retain water within the skin. Moisturising is an important step in an anti-ageing skincare routine, as dehydrated skin can appear dull, dry, and is more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles.
There are two main types of moisturising agents:
Humectants: These are ingredients that attract and retain moisture in the skin, such as honey, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid (which is naturally produced in our skin but decreases with age). Hyaluronic acid is an exceptional humectant for ageing skin as it can attract 1000 times its own volume in water.
Emollients: These are ingredients that smooth and soften the skin, such as fatty acids, oils, and butters, such as jojoba, evening primrose, shea butter, and rosehip oil, among others.
Vitamins: play an important role in overall health and wellness, as well as in skincare, particularly in anti-ageing. Let's take a closer look at some of the most common vitamins used in skincare:
Vitamin A (Retinol): Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to increase collagen production, improve cell turnover, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Synthetic retinol is often added to skincare products, but it is highly unstable and can easily be damaged by sunlight and temperature. A growing alternative is bakuchiol oil, which is seen as nature's answer to retinol.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage and boosts collagen production, which helps to firm and brighten the skin.
Vitamin E: This is another potent antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage and improves hydration.
Vitamin B5 (Panthenol): Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties. It hydrates the skin, and improves its texture and appearance, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products aimed at reducing the signs of ageing.
The Best Skincare Regime for Maturing Skin
When it comes to looking after maturing skin, having a good skincare routine is crucial. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising are three key steps that could be included in your regular skincare routine.
Cleansing helps to remove dirt, oil, and make-up from your skin. Choose a gentle, non-irritating cleanser that won't strip your skin of its natural oils.
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and enhance the texture and appearance of your skin. Pick an exfoliator that is gentle and won't cause irritation and don't over exfoliate! Read our blog on exfoliation to learn more about the benefits, different types of exfoliation and much more.
Moisturising helps to hydrate your skin and improve its overall appearance. Choose a moisturiser that works for your skin and contains barrier repair agents, humectants, emollients and vitamins for the full benefits!
Bee Cosmetics Rejuvenating Facial Cream: A Solution for Ageing Skin
At Bee Cosmetics, we appreciate the importance of natural and effective skincare for mature skin. Our newly formulated Rejuvenating Facial Cream contains a blend of the best natural ingredients for ageing skin, including barrier repair, moisturising agents, as well as vitamins A and E.
When formulating this product we wanted to include as many of the richest oils and beneficial ingredients as possible. Some of the main active ingredients are:
Bakuchiol oil, the natural alternative to retinol, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and tone, and boost collagen production.
Rosehip oil and evening primrose oil are both nourishing, moisturising, and high in essential fatty acids. Rosehip oil has antioxidants and vitamins that protect and enhance the skin, while evening primrose oil has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and improve the skin's barrier function.
Beeswax and honey are both versatile ingredients in skincare. Beeswax creates a protective barrier that locks in moisture and protects against environmental damage, with non-comedogenic and anti-inflammatory properties suited to sensitive skin. Honey, on the other hand, has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that naturally hydrate and refresh the skin.
Provitamin B5 has the ability to hold onto water molecules which makes it an effective moisturiser. It helps to keep the skin hydrated and supple, preventing dryness and flaking. It is also known to have regenerating properties, helping stimulate cell growth and repair improving the skin's elasticity and firmness.
Hyaluronic acid can help to hydrate and plump the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also helps to improve the skin's texture and elasticity, giving it a more youthful and radiant appearance.
Pomegranate oil is rich in antioxidants and punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid, which helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors and improves skin elasticity. Additionally, pomegranate oil helps moisturise and hydrate the skin, improves skin tone and texture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines.