When it comes to preventing ageing, you would know that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put inside our bodies. At Edible Beauty, we love taking an easy and logical inside-out beauty approach to turning back the clock.
Every woman deserves plump, youthful skin that is bursting with vitality… without having to sacrifice their weekly pay cheque. Here are five essential and accessible “inside-out” ingredients you need to create a youthful glow.
What does it do?
Vitamin C is naturally found in our skin, but reduces with ageing and excessive exposure to UV light or pollutants. Taking vitamin C has been shown to increase collagen production in the dermis, which is vital for wrinkle reduction. It also assists in strengthening the skin’s barrier response and protecting the skin against the UV-induced damage caused by free radicals. A huge plus is that vitamin C is also instrumental in reducing dark spots on the skin and general discolouration.
Vitamin C needs to be kept “stable” in a skincare product to ensure that it is working effectively. One of the ways to keep vitamin C stable is to combine it with other antioxidants. Look for products such as serums and face oils which contain an abundance of antioxidant-rich ingredients that tend to be rich in vitamin C. One my favourite C-rich ingredients is the Kakadu Plum, which contains the highest concentration of vitamin C in the plant kingdom. Other superstar ingredients to look for include Acerola Berry, Davidson Plum, White Tea, Bilberry and Pomegranate. We have amazing results seeing women’s fine lines “fill” and dark spots fade when religiously applying vitamin C rich products.
It isn’t too hard to get your daily serve and more of vitamin C through fruits and vegetables that we all know and love. Beauty foods rich in vitamin C include: bell peppers (red, green and yellow), guava, kiwifruits, broccoli, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, all berries, mangoes, pineapple, snow peas, tomatoes, and watermelon. Certain fresh herbs such as cilantro, chives, thyme, basil and parsley are also high in vitamin C.
What does it do?
Fatty acids, including linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid, make up a key component of the skin’s intercellular matrix. We love fatty acids for anti-ageing because they work to super hydrate, plump and lock in moisture within the skin. Fatty acids do this by attracting water from the surrounding air and forming a film to prevent water loss. In this way, they mimic and enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Fatty acids also work to reduce inflammation, which is a key contributor to ageing and act as “messenger” molecules, instructing cells on how to function properly, whilst also improving and protecting them from free radical damage. Linoleic acid plays an important role in the skin’s own synthesis of Ceramide 1, a lipid which is important for keeping the skin’s barrier function intact.
Using an oil based moisturiser with a variety of fatty acids provides the ultimate reassurance of dewy, nourished skin. Look for lotions that contain abundance of pure fats from ingredients such as Olive Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter. You can also you a thicker cream as an intensive repair cream by applying a thick layer as a “sleep” or “hydrating” mask to rejuvenate the skin literally overnight. Whilst there are many sleep mask products on the market, you can easily use a rich night cream for the same results, just by layering the product a little more thickly onto your face and décolletage.
In general, our diets tends to be high in linoleic acid due to our oil, nut and seed consumption being high. However sunflower seeds, brazil nuts and pecans are the preferred types of linoleic acid. Excellent sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) include flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
What does it do?
Resveratrol is an antioxidant compound produced by plants when they are subjected to stress, which may include exposure to harsh sunlight or attack by bugs or insects. Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant previously (and conveniently!) only thought to have benefits available to us via copious amounts of red wine. It is, however, more available to us as a superstar anti-ageing ingredient, both for the inside and out.
Resveratrol supports skin collagen synthesis by protecting the dermal matrix from harmful enzymes and improving the function of fibroblasts that create healthy collagen. Studies show that topically it protects against UVB-mediated skin damage as well as inhibiting UVB-induced oxidative stress. It has also been shown to prevent UVA damage and abnormal cellular proliferation.
Look for products rich in fruits such as Blueberry, Pomegranate and Red or Black Raspberry Seeds. These ingredients are found in many anti-oxidant rich formulas. They are bursting with resveratrol and flavonoids such as quercetin. Black Raspberry Seed and Red Raspberry Seed oils are specifically very rich in resveratrol and have been shown in studies to protect the skin against inflammation, whilst acting as a natural SPF.
It could be easy for me to recommend drinking red wine daily to get your resveratrol fix. Fortunately (or unfortunately) resveratrol is also found in high amounts blueberries, pomegranate, blackberries and raspberries which are hang-over free!
What does it do?
AHAs are not only found in intense peels and harsh skincare treatments. They are found naturally in fruits and are super effective in removing dead and damaged cells, helping to reduce fine lines, age spots, acne scars and discoloration. They also work to bind moisture and improve healthy collagen production. In this respect AHAs create a beautiful smooth complexion; balancing uneven skin texture, refining pores and enhancing your overall glow.
Fruit extracts are naturally rich in AHAs and can be very easily found in skincare products. Look for products containing natural AHA’s present in Apple Extract, Strawberry Extract and Lime Extract. Synthetic AHA’s can be slightly irritating to sensitive skin so I always prefer pure natural sources of AHA’s.
Lemon, grapefruit and other citrus fruits contain alpha hydroxy acids, primarily in the form of citric acid. Drink in your AHAs with a daily squeeze of lemon or grapefruit juice in water, and your liver will also feel the love!
What does it do?
Hyaluronic acid is one of my favourite skin plumping and lifting ingredients. It works very quickly to plump and boost the skin by attracting and surging water deep into the layers of the skin. It moisturises your skin by binding up to 1,000 times its weight in water. As you age, your body can’t produce enough Hyaluronic acid, which can cause the skin to lose its firmness and smoothness. Applying Hyaluronic acid helps your skin to repair and regenerate and ensures it is remains ultra-nourished and hydrated.
Look for skincare with plant based sources of Hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin. Applying Hyaluronic Acid topically quenches parched and dry skin and can even be used on the lips for plumping action. The beauty of Hyaluronic acid is that it has an instant plumping effect when applied to the skin so you can be sure to get a quick boost without needing to wait a few weeks for it to take action. Gone are the days when you could only derive this ingredient from non-plant sources. Many products now use plant-based sources of Hyaluronic Acid but be sure to find this out before you purchase a product.
Foods that promote Hyaluronic acid production include leafy greens and fermented soy products such as tempeh and miso.
As a naturopath, Anna Mitsios is a strong believer in the incredible power of herbs and natural foods to transform, nourish and revitalize our lives. Anna’s focus is on the importance of using nutrition and natural products to promote vibrance and vitality. Her love of herbal and natural ingredients led her to create Edible Beauty Australia, a luxurious edible botanical product range including skin care and teas. Anna is committed to creating products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using exotic, natural and certified organic ingredients and encouraging her clients and people who use her skin care to nourish their skin, from the inside out. Anna firmly believes that we can all be beautiful by nurturing our body, mind and soul.