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The Top 3 “Must Have” Natural Skin Care Ingredients


By: Paolo Giacomoni, PhD Posted: 03/16/2017

Far too often we see women misled by skin care products that fail to deliver on the “anti-aging” promise because two core issues: the activities of the ingredients are not scientifically proven, or the products are formulated incorrectly.

Scientific accuracy and integrity is important to us and our goal is to increase your knowledge and understanding of the science of caring for your skin, and reduce the level of deception and confusion in the marketplace. We know the more accurate information you have, the better decisions about your skin care you can make.

Let’s take a look at three highly effective, natural ingredients you should be sure to include in your skin care regimen:

Gorgonian Extract

Found everywhere in the world’s oceans and highly abundant in the Atlantic, scientists have discovered that the family of soft coral called the Caribbean Sea Whip (Gorgoniidae) seem to have an impressive anti-inflammatory effect on human skin. Scientists from University of California, Cornell, and The Scripps Institute for Oceanography published the first observation about the beneficial effect of Sea Whip in 1986 in the prestigious journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)”.

The extracts of Caribbean Sea Whip (Octocorallia Cnidaria) have been found to contain natural products which possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that exceed the potencies of existing anti-inflammatory agents such as indomethacin or hydrocortisone.

Topically applied skin care products containing Caribbean (Gorgonian) Sea Whip are most helpful in reducing inflammation, while soothing and healing the skin from harmful environmental factors such as sunlight and stress.

Vitamin B3

Since the mid-20th century, there have been great discoveries in the role vitamins play in skin health. Specifically, many vitamins can be used in topically applied products to improve the health and the appearance of skin.

Vitamin B3 is just one of them. It’s vital to both the production of energy and DNA repair. In fact, vitamin B3 is used by the body’s cells to synthesize NAD, a molecule essential to energy
production. Exposure of the human epidermis to ultraviolet (UV) radiation provokes DNA damage. In the process of DNA repair, NAD is used up. The loss of NAD in epidermal cells hinders energy production, with the consequent onset of an inflammatory process (i.e., after exposure to UV, skin reddens). This inflammatory process is known to be an early cause of accelerated skin aging.

The skin’s epidermal layer contains immune-competent cells called Langerhans cells, which enable the immune system to recognize foreign bodies. They, too, are impaired by solar
radiation, depressing the immune response of the epidermis.

Fortunately, the topical application of vitamin B3 has been shown to restore the capability of producing energy, to boost the repair of DNA and to reactivate the skin’s immune response
after UV exposure. The best time for applying vitamin B3 to the face is prior to bedtime, giving skin the time needed for this Vitamin B3 to repair and heal while you sleep—when you are free from harmful environmental factors such as sunlight and stress.

Chestnut Extract

The single worse mechanism of aging is the inflammatory process. The first anti-aging step you can perform is to provide hygiene to your skin, thus removing potentially irritating factors.

In order to keep a youthful skin, wash your face morning and evening, and apply a product able to exfoliate your skin on a daily basis. These two are critical steps in a healthy skin care regimen.

Exfoliation polishes the surface so that imperfections are less visible. It also makes it more difficult for dirt particles or unwanted micro-organisms to nest in the stratum corneum and become a source of irritation. However, some exfoliators, such as fruit acid or alpha-hydroxy acids, can cause irritation in sensitive areas of the face, such as the eye zone.

Chestnut extract is the answer for those who seek safe exfoliation in the eye zone without experiencing the stinging provoked by acid exfoliators. As a matter of fact, chestnut extract stimulates the natural process of exfoliation. It activates the enzymes that are naturally found in the stratum corneum and are responsible for the daily renewal of the epidermis. Chestnut extract helps to polish the skin’s surface, overnight, resulting in a more luminous skin and a reduction in the visible surface imperfections of the skin.