Here at Beautiful Because we believe that ageing is something to be grateful for and to embrace with open arms, but we also understand that women want to look their best throughout their life's journey. With that in mind, this feature will explore the top natural anti-ageing (or as we prefer, pro-ageing!) skincare ingredients and trends that are forecast to experience a surge in popularity in 2017, and we'll also showcase some of the best natural wrinkle and pigmentation fighters on the market that will help you look your best at any age.
Found naturally in our joints and skin, hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water and helps to hydrate and plump the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately our skin’s natural hyaluronic acid content decreases as we age, which leads to a loss of firmness and an increase in the number and depth of fine lines, which is why hyaluronic acid-based skincare products are an essential element of an effective pro-ageing skincare routine.
Some of our favourite options here at Beautiful Because include La Mav Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum, which combines hyaluronic acid with natural vitamin E, green tea and cucumber extract to hydrate and nourish your skin. Vanessa Megan Advanced Anti-Ageing EPI Cell Serum contains hyaluronic acid along with quandong (Australian wild peach) and green coffee seeds for added antioxidant protection, while Divine Woman Age-Defying Gel Serum and Madara SOS Hydra Recharge Cream combine hydrating hyaluronic acid with additional pro-ageing ingredients for more radiant, plumped and youthful-looking skin.
From naturally-derived retinol (vitamin A) to powerful botanical extracts like papaya that help remove dead skin cell build-up, potent natural exfoliants are vital to an effective pro-ageing skincare routine. Here at Beautiful Because we stock a range of fantastic exfoliants that promote a brighter, fresher and more youthful-looking complexion and help create a more even skin tone with regular use. MUKTI Age Defiance Night Serum is a fantastic option for women who are looking to combat age spots and stubborn pigmentation, while Kypris Moonlight Catalyst helps to refine your complexion without irritating skin that’s on the sensitive side.
MUKTI’s 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant is perfect to use two to three times a week and is formulated with bioactive native Australian alpha hydroxy fruit acids (AHAs) along with bamboo stem particles which work together to remove dead skin cells leave your complexion looking refined and refreshed. One of our newest additions, Vanessa Megan’s Two-Phase Vitamin C Brightening System is one of our most active and effective exfoliant offerings, and helps to reduce pigmentation while also brightening the skin with a potent combination of vitamin C, Kakadu plum, bearberry extract and kiwi fruit oil.
Natural plant-derived squalane (usually from olives) helps put back into skin what time takes away! It is an antioxidant-rich, age-fighting emollient among the most common lipids produced by human skin cells (making up approximately 10 percent of our own sebum). On our skin’s surface, it acts as a barrier, both protecting the skin from moisture loss and providing protection from environmental toxins. Internally, the liver produces squalane as a precursor to cholesterol. Now potent plant-derived squalane is being used in some of our favourite brands Antipodes, Divine Woman, Erica Brooke, Vanessa Megan and Kypris.
Beautiful skin starts from the inside, which is why it’s so important to nourish your body with a balanced diet and plenty of water. And while we all try to choose nutritious food options, sometimes life gets in the way and we can find ourselves favouring convenience over health. We recently published an informative article on eating for optimal skin health which you can read here, and we also stock a selection of supplements to help boost your skin’s health (and glow-factor!) from the inside out. Ingestible skincare can help give your skin an age-defying collagen boost. Some of our favourites include The Beauty Chef’s Glow Inner Beauty Powder and Collagen Inner Beauty Boost.
While it has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic practice and holistic skin remedies in Asia, gold leaf is currently receiving a resurgence in popularity. As well as being undeniable luxurious, gold leaf is actually fantastic for the skin as it has anti-inflammatory, brightening and healing properties. Gold leaf has also been shows to stimulate blood flow to in the skin, which helps to support regeneration and helps your skin cells to function optimally as they receive more oxygen. Here at Beautiful Because, we stock Susie Sierra’s gorgeous range of facial oils which contain gold leaf to help fight the signs of skin ageing.
By Lauren Dunne