It is well documented that the Ancient Ayurvedic Practitioners remained healthy and ageless well into their later years. Aside from favorable (organic!) environmental factors and a more stress-free lifestyle in those eras, the practice of relying only on nature-derived herbs and botanicals kept their individual Doshas in balance leaving them looking and feeling their best for life!
And so today we have put together a list of the best of these anti-aging botanical miracle containing compounds such as anti-oxidants for free radical scavenging and collagen building adaptogenic powerhouses. These ‘medicines from nature’ reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation and other signs of aging:
Whether applied topically or ingested as a supplement or food, Aloe Vera proves itself to be one of the most potent anti-aging plants on earth! It improves facial elasticity and promotes natural collagen production – which imparts fewer wrinkles and a firmer looking skin. Aloe Vera has large amounts of Mucopolysaccharides which rehydrates your skin (that our body stops manufacturing by the time we reach puberty) and Lectins which are a type of protein that boosts our immunity and greatly calms our inflammatory response system.
Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) is a revered ancient herb well known for its amazing skin rejuvenating properties. The therapeutic component in Gotu Kola, Asiaticoside, regulates cell turnover and reduces toxic degradation compounds, which helps inhibit the activity of enzymes that can cause irritation as well as degrade skin quality (thinning of collagen matrix etc). It is also rich in Vitamin A, E, and C as well as Glycolic Acid which stimulates collagen production. Gotu Kola has some serious AntiAging action via DNA protection from harmful UV light-induced damage.
Allantoin, derived from Comfrey, is a very important component in our breakthrough anti-aging serum, BioScience Peptide Complex. It can help revive tired, photo-aged and wrinkled skin. Allantoin in Comfrey has great value in the medicinal world and is known for reducing inflammation, due to its rich Tannin content. Keratinolytics in this purple-flowered plant softens skin keratin is ‘hydrophilic’ or ‘humectant’ i.e; attracting water from the air and retaining it in the skin for thicker more supple skin.
The fruit itself when eaten has a powerful anti-aging ‘Urolithin A’ content, but Pomegranate Seed Oil, helps to strengthen your skin which delays the appearance of wrinkles. Pomegranate, in fact, is a pretty amazing “elixir of youth” and is an anti-aging superhero; neutralizes harmful molecules in our cells, controls UVA and UVB induced damage and hyperpigmentation, inhibits metalloproteinase production and promotes collagen production. The fruit is a potent anti-oxidant with it’s well-documented ellagic acid, punicic acid, and polyphenol components, all of which have powerful free radical scavenging capabilities.
Soy extract has been used in beauty products for hundreds of years due to it’s unique ability to create new skin layers. It also provides youthful glow and skin suppleness with its moisturizing properties and protects against sun damage and environmental pollution. Completely vegan, topical soy doesn’t exert any hormonal effects. The active components in soy are: Genistien and Daidzein (phytoestrogens, which prevent oxidative DNA damage), Vitamin C, Retinol, Glycolic Acid, and Hyaluronic Acid.
If you ask us, we call it the queen of the Berry family! Bilberries are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, K, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Chromium and Resveratrol (also found in Red Wine!). Anthocyanins and Flavonoids in Bilberries are powerful antioxidants that can increase blood supply and generate more oxygen to help repair your damaged skin cells faster.
If you believe in a healthy lifestyle, your mornings might be already starting with super-beneficial Green Tea. The Japanese are one of the largest consumers of Green Tea worldwide and in our mind, it’s no coincidence that the Japanese look so much younger than the rest of the world! Green Tea Extract can quell inflammation and the Polyphenols and Catechins (like EGCG or Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) helps destroy free radicals to keep skin looking and acting far younger than your years.
You’ve probably heard of Grapeseed, and for good reason! Grapeseed extract contains tannins, lignins, flavonoids (like quercetin) and EGCG, cinnamic acid (such as those found in coffee), coymarins, stilbenoids and resveratrol – and thus is one of the most vital ingredients in a serious anti-aging skin care regimen! 70-90% of proanthocyanidin content in Grapeseed extracts makes it a powerful bioactive agent that counters the oxidizing (aging) effect of free radicals. It also mitigates the effects of photo-aging (UV Damage) by providing protection to the collagen-elastin matrix of our skin.
Neem is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants (in the form of Vitamin E) known to nature. A natural blood purifier which helps detox the skin from within, leaving you with younger looking skin. Neem oil contains Omega 6, Omega 9 and Palmitic Acid which plays an important role in effectively repairing damaged skin to keep it wrinkle-free. Neem Oil also plays an integral role in our SBR (Sensitive/Blemished/Rosacea) Skin Care Line as it has the natural ability to control bio-organisms which can overpopulate and result in conditions such as Acne and Rosacea.