Even the most gorgeous and glamorous arenâ€™t immune to the skinâ€™s aging process. For those of us that are eager to take on the battle with nature in an effort to attain screen-worthy skin, anti-aging serums are an obvious weapon of choice.
While most serums aim to combat age spots and wrinkles, hydrate and improve overall texture, once absorbed into the blood stream, non-organic, chemical anti-aging actives can contribute to a wide array of health consequences cumulatively.
Chemical Serum Ingredients
Argireline: This is akin to an OTC botox and has been linked to brain and organ toxicity.
Dimethylamenoethanol or DMAE: Some studies suggest that DMAE can help with facial sagging. However, DMAE is considered highly hazardous by cosmetics researchers, who note DMAE is linked to immune system toxicity, skin irritation, and irritation to the eyes and the lungs. The ingredient also can contain formaldehyde.
Retinol and Retinyl Palmate: This vitamin A derivative is an antioxidant that used to slow skin aging but is a no no if you are pregnant or may become pregnant because of the increase risk of birth defects.Â Vitamin A is also a photo-carcinogenic in that it may result in causing cancerous tumors when used on skin exposed to sunlight.
Hydroquinone: A skin lightener, this ingredient is used to reduce age spots. This is achieved by lowering the melanin in the skin. Hydroquinone has been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, and toxicity in the brain and nervous system.
Fragrances: Because manufacturers arenâ€™t required to disclose what components make up â€˜fragranceâ€™, it will be listed generically as such. However they are most often comprised of pthalates, and other neuro toxins capable of causing allergic reactions and other harm.
Triclosan: An antifungal, antibacterial component of serums, this ingredient has been linked to endocrine disruption.Â Itâ€™s been touted as a carcinogen and contributes to reduced resistance to antibiotics.
Luckily better choices are available.
Naturally Based Serum Ingredients
Red Algae: Algae produces highly active, naturalÂ UV-screening compounds known as mycosporine-like amino acids that absorbÂ UVAÂ light which is known to cause cell damage and aging in the skin. Red algae reduces UV induced damage in our skinâ€™s collagen source, smoothes and firms and reduces depth of wrinkles.
Vitamin C Ester: This form of vitamin C is a stable water, fat-soluble form of vitamin C. Vitamin C Ester allows for rapid penetration into all layers of the skinâ€™s cells. It is capable of fighting free radicals, enhancing collagen production, improving overall radiance and clarity and reduces hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin E: Vital to protecting skin cells from UV light, pollution, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radical, Vitamin E also helps regulate Vitamin A in the body, reduces appearance of fine lines andÂ wrinkles and provides excellent anti-aging antioxidantÂ protection.
Bisabolol:Â Obtained from the medicinal chamomile plant and is used to help accelerate the healing process of the skin, and is used confidently on sensitive skins Bisabolol soothes skin irritations, delivers anti-inflammatory and anti-fungalÂ properties.
Peptides and Hydrolized Soy Fiber: These ingredients help stimulate collagen synthesis, minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improve skinâ€™sÂ elasticity overall.
Green Tea: This is a safe antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that reduces sun damage and fights free radicals.
With any anti-aging product, itâ€™s best to weigh benefits against risks. Depending on what your current anti-aging regimen consists of, you may be getting more than you bargained for in the form of some of the suspect harmful ingredients previously mentioned. Â If any doubt, we encourage you to turn to The Environmental Working Group’sÂ Skin Deep Database. And if youâ€™re just beginning your search for an anti-aging product, we recommend reaching for one with only the highest quality, non-toxic ingredients available.