We’re a nation obsessed with anti-aging products. This year alone, the European anti-aging market had an estimated worth of 14.88 Billion USD , with anti-wrinkle creams topping the list of favourite products. Many of us want to turn back the clock, but is there a kinder way to revitalise our skin?
Many big name anti-aging products use formulations which are heavy in synthetic ingredients: Phthalates, Octinoxate and Polyacrylamide, to name a few. In reality, the best anti aging products will be those that gently replenish and revitalise your skin using pure ingredients already found in nature.
Discover more about mature skin and what your natural anti aging options are...
Mature skin: why you should handle with care
The more mature skin becomes, the more fragile it gets. The natural collagen breaks down and we lose elasticity, flexibility and moisture. The skin becomes thinner and more fragile, so should be treated with gentle, loving care.
Natural anti-aging products are an excellent way to repair and replenish your skin, without the use of harsh chemical compounds. Because natural is always best, here are some vegan, eco-friendly products to introduce into your skincare regime.
Natural anti aging skin care
Rose water has been considered a beauty essential since the 10th century and remains a skin care mainstay to this day. When made properly, it can be vegan, organic and 100% natural — we make our rose water by distilling rose petals with steam, so it’s all-natural and smells absolutely divine.
Rose water is full of antioxidants which can protect skin cells from damage and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It’s a natural antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory and is antibacterial, so it's a healing powerhouse.
Rose water can be incorporated into your anti-aging beauty regime in a number of ways. You can mix it with your moisturiser or facial oil, add a splash to a homemade topical recipe, or use it as a facial toner after cleansing.
Prickly pear oil
Prickly pear oil is extracted from the seeds of the Moroccan prickly pear — a fruit which grows on cactus plants. This highly underrated natural anti aging product is incredibly rich in Vitamin E oil, which protects the skin from free radicals and UV rays. Its high Sterol content keeps your skin feeling moisturised and dewy.
To reap the full benefit of prickly pear oil, aim to get the highest quality product possible. Make sure it’s organic, sourced directly from Morocco and that it’s cold pressed for purity.
You can use prickly pear oil as an evening facial oil after you’ve cleansed. You could also mix a few drops with your favourite face cream, or apply it after you’ve moisturised, to lock in the added hydration.
Jojoba oil is the ultimate product to help replace the natural moisture your skin loses as it ages. It’s a natural source of Vitamin E, antioxidants, Vitamin B and nourishing minerals, all of which help to reduce fine lines and repair damage.
As with other plant-based oils, you’re more likely to see the benefits if you buy a 100% natural product derived from indigenous Moroccan jojoba seeds. Extraction methods like cold pressing are gentle and help to preserve the nutrients in the raw seeds.
Jojoba oil is very versatile and can be added into almost any facial cream as a hydration booster or used on its own as a facial oil. You could even dispense some into a small glass roll-on for gentle application to the skin under and around the eye (being careful not to get any in your eyes!).