On a daily basis, your skin undergoes constant internal and external assaults. Temperature variations, emotional and environmental stress and ultraviolet radiation cause damage to DNA, proteins and lipids…all of which ultimately contributes to aging.
The Science of Ayurveda identifies compounds found in nature that provide a wealth of beauty benefits and can halt (or even reverse) this damage. These “gifts of nature” are known as Phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals – What you should know
Phytochemicals are nutrients that give plants their distinct character, such as aroma, taste and therapeutic benefits. Most phytochemicals consist of protective antioxidants and enzymes that defends the skin, hair and overall well-being.
Today we ‘ll touch on a few of our favorite phytochemicals/phytonutrients/plant extracts that contribute greatly to healthy and organic skin care.
Different Phytochemicals that the Skin Needs
Complex carbohydrates (which are generally high in nutrient content) are not only beneficial to the body when ingested, but are equally good for topical application. These complex carbohydrates, or polysaccharides, are generally found in starchy sources such as whole grains, beans and cereals.
A unique form of carbohydrate, called ‘Mucopolysaccharides’ are found in the miracle plant – Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis). Aloe Vera also consists of Zinc, Water, Enzymes, Calcium, Amino acids and several other vitamins and minerals. It restores moisture, soothes Pitta or Kapha inflammations and heals wounds.
Saturated Fats and Fatty Acids (polyunsaturated fatty acids) are great for the skin and essential for preventing inflammation, dryness, collagen loss and other signposts of aging. Essential Fatty Acids, or EFAs include Omega 3 (such as Alpha linolenic acid or ALA) and Omega 6 (such as Gamma linolenic Acid or GLA). Both these types of EFAs are necessary for soft, hydrated and wrinkle-free skin.
By protecting the skin from dryness and strengthening the elastin-collagen matrix, Terpenoids promote healing and improve suppleness of the skin. Terpenoids can also reduce inflammation and soothe conditions such as atopic dermatitis (or eczema) and rosacea. Some of the most beneficial ones for the skin are:
Beta carotene (converted to Vitamin A) in Carrot Seed Oil is a carotenoid (terpenoid) and an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage. It also imparts benefits such as providing a natural glow to the skin, boosting the effectiveness of natural sunscreens and soothe skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
Ginkgolide and bilobalide in Ginkgo biloba prevents wrinkles, fine lines and skin sagging. It also improves circulation to the skin, which in turn feeds skin cells with essential nutrients and imparts a healthy glow.
Vegetable Oils and Nuts
Phytosterols, such as natural cholesterols, siosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and their oils, whole grains and legumes replenish and restore damaged skin. They not only help in controlling breakdown and loss of collagen due to sun exposure, but also encourage new collagen production.
Polyphenols can be rightly categorized as ‘antioxidants’ in general. They prevent cells from free radical damage and have amazing anti-aging and wrinkle reduction benefits. Polyphenols are subcategorized into Flavonoids, Phenolic Acid and other non-flavonoid polyphenols. Some of the most beneficial ones for the skin are:
Tannins such as Catechin, Epicatechin and Epigallactocatechin gallate (EGCG) are found in Green tea and Grapes. EGCG is a popular natural compound because of its gentle, non-toxic and effective anti-aging effects. Green tea also protects the skin from long-term environmental damage, including prevention of skin cancer.
Alfalfa and Soya
Isoflavones in Alfalfa and Soy are great to combat both acne and dry skin. Extracts of Alfalfa brightens dull skin. Power-packed with essential nutrients and vitamins, including proteins, which revitalize the skin, both Alfalfa and Soy provide tissue repair and protection against photoaging.
Blackberry, Pomegranate, Vanilla and Tea
Hydrobenzoic acids such as Gallic acid and Ellagic acid are powerful polyphenolic antioxidants found in Blackberry, Pomegranate, Vanilla, Grapes, Walnuts and Tea, which have protective effects on collagen and the inflammatory response.
5. Peptides & Other Nitrogen Containing Metabolites
Amino acids, Proteins and Peptides from vegan sources are a vital part of PuraVeda Organics’ breakthrough natural anti-aging treatments. Peptides such as Palmitoyl pentapeptide 3 (or Matrixyl) in our BioScience Peptide Complex contain micro-collagen that helps in increasing collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis. When combined with other peptides, such as Acetyl Hexapeptide (or Argireline) from organic brown rice substrates, they together prevent formation of deep wrinkles and show noticeable improvements in two weeks!
Looking for safer alternatives to toxic chemicals? It’s time to look through nature and render our skin and hair the benefits of powerful and antioxygenic ‘Phytochemical-enriched’ organic skin care products from PuraVeda Organics.