5 Nutrients That Can Transform Your Skin
Trends in the cosmetic and skin health industries tend to come and go, each promoting nutrients that promise supple skin, reduced fine lines and a renewed glow. But which 2015 skin nutrient trends are actually backed by science and impressing skin health chemists? We found 5 skin-firming, glow producing ingredients that you should definitely try in 2016.
This powerful, plant-based lipid penetrates skin cells in a unique way to lubricate, regenerate and protect — and skin health chemists are finally catching on. A superior moisturizer with a non-greasy feel, squalane is best known for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and is an incredibly valuable skin health antioxidant. The naturally occurring compound can be found in human sebum, but by the time we’re in our late-thirties we no longer have the levels we need to maintain smooth, supple skin. In fact, the dramatic drop off of squalane levels is thought to be responsible for the development of age spots, as well as thinner, lack-luster skin.
Adding squalane (or a product that contains it) to your skin health regimen can:
- Boost cell regeneration
- Increase oxygenation and cellular turnover
- Prevent “age spots”
- Protect against UV damage
- Heal dry, cracked skin.
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Lipid Soluble Vitamin C
Vitamin C has long been known for its benefits to skin health. The vitamin helps prevent and protect against the oxidative damage that breaks down collagen and leaves skin sagging and wrinkled. The problem? Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient and your skin cells are more impacted when nutrients come in lipid-friendly form. Enter the solution: lipid-soluble vitamin C. Also known as “tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate,” this form of vitamin C is taking the cosmetics industry by storm for its ability to dramatically heal, tone and protect skin. Lipid soluble vitamin C has the ability to penetrate the lipid-rich skin barrier so that the free-radical fighter can reach the dermis, where it can offer the most benefit and stimulate collagen production.
3. Topical CoQ10
Many nutrients that promote skin health offer benefits when used both orally (internally) or topically, but few stand out quite like CoQ10. When you’re young, skin cells naturally produce CoQ10 and other antioxidant nutrients that protect it from damage. CoQ10 also has an amazing ability to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One study showed that CoQ10 decreases the depth of wrinkles, making them considerably less noticeable. But beginning around the age of 30, production of CoQ10 declines rapidly, compromising the health of every cell in the body. Topical CoQ10 has been known to quickly penetrate the skin to nourish and protect skin cells, keeping your skin looking healthy, smooth and youthful. It also protects your skin from damage and restores skin smoothness and elasticity.
4. Hyaluronic Acid
Not just for joint health anymore! Turns out this “joint lube” offers superior skin health benefits as well. Hyaluronic acid has the remarkable ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, therefore, is a great nutrient for maintaining your skin’s hydration. Additionally, it acts as a bonding agent, of sorts, keeping your skin cells from separating (i.e. wrinkling).
Astaxanthin is the pink-hued compound found in foods such as shrimp and krill. It is one of the only carotenoid compounds that is not converted to retinol in the body, allowing 100% of its antioxidant strengths to be reserved for fighting free radicals that damage the skin. With prolonged use, studies have shown astaxanthin is incredible for restoring elasticity of the skin and supporting overall skin heath. In fact, one study indicated that astaxanthin may visibly improve the appearance of skin by correcting dry skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots if taken consistently for 6-8 weeks. Whichever brand you choose, just make sure it’s 100% all natural, as there are synthetic astaxanthin formulas on the market that are not nearly as effective.