Anti-Aging: Taking a More Natural Approach
Despite the scientific breakthroughs in formulating new compounds intended to reduce the signs of aging, Americans are increasingly recognizing the importance of taking an active, natural, holistic approach to skin care and overall wellbeing.
Greater scientific and media attention is being given to both the benefits of natural skin care and the potentially long-term harmful effects of using synthetics on and within the body. Even the storylines of mainstream movies like Catwoman (2004) starring Halle Berry and Sharon Stone and Material Girls (2006) starring Hilary and Haylie Duff are tapping into growing consumer fear regarding the long-term effects of commercial beauty care products.
Natural ingredients offer a holistic, balanced synergy of nutrients and antioxidants that nourish, replenish and protect maturing skin and hair.
Natural and primarily all-natural anti-aging products include a wide array of moisturizers, cleansers, clay and mud facials, lip care products and exfoliants. Artisans are continuing to develop nutritive products that are not only effective, but are luxurious in application and aroma. Look to Beauty By the Batch's Artisan Directory for a growing list of artisans that develop handmade anti-aging personal care products.
Prolonging your youthful appearance can also achieved by using handcrafted products that may not be actively marketed as anti-aging products, but that include nutritive ingredients that benefit maturing skin. Use the below ingredient lists as your guide:
Vegetable Lipids (Fats)
Many vegetable oils and vegetable butters are high in essential fatty acids and other nutrients.
- Shea Butter
- Nilotica Shea Butter
- Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Camelina Oil
- Watermelon Seed Oil
- Berry Seed Oils including Cranberry Seed Oil
- Rosehip Seed
- Kiwi Seed
- Seabuckthorn Berry
Essential Oils and CO2 Extracts
Essential oils and CO2s serve several purposes in natural anti-aging personal care products: They act as a natural fragrance for personal care products. Depending on the essential oil, the aroma can be calming, energizing or uplifting. Also, essential oils like carrot seed, lavender, geranium and other anti-inflammatory oils can help nourish, sooth and stimulate cell repair.
- Carrot Seed
- Roman, English and German Chamomile
Hydrosols are a naturally fragrant and therapeutic byproduct of essential oil steam distillation. The steam that is used to distill essential oils returns to a liquid state once it cools to room temperature, and this light, usually colorless, water-like fluid is known as the hydrosol. Usually the word byproduct has a negative connotation, but quality hydrosols distilled from lavender, neroli (orange blossoms), helichrysum and several other botanicals are sought after for their gentle and soothing properties. Hydrosols have a light aroma reminiscent to the botanical that was used to distill the essential oils, and they are also imparted with the water soluble therapeutic properties of the botanicals. Hydrosols help to tone and refresh the skin and are often used in anti-aging and moisturizing products for their aroma and other therapeutic properties.
- Roman, English and German Chamomile
Natural exfoliants provide gentle exfoliation to loosen dead skin, cleanse pores and stimulate the growth of new cells. Natural exfoliants include the following:
- Fruit Seeds
- Fruit Fibers
- Grain Powders
- Salts (Avoid on the face)
- Jojoba Wax Beads
The biologically active substances found in cosmetic grade muds facilitate mineral/toxin exchange, reduce inflammation, increase elasticity, detoxify and nourish the skin.
- Dead Sea (Black)
- Fango Marin
Cosmetic Grade Clays
Cosmetic grade clays are used in facial mask, body wrap and other applications intended to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin and stimulate blood circulation to the skin. Each cosmetic grade clay varies in its level of toxin and oil absorption.
- White Amazonian
- Dead Sea
- French Green
- Green Illite
- Kaolin (Pink, Red, White and Yellow)
- Moroccan Red
- Multani Mitti
Other Naturally Derived Ingredients
Other beneficial natural ingredients that help to support and nourish maturing skin include the following:
- Bee Products Including Royal Jelly
- Coral Calcium
- Aloe Vera Products
Did You Know?
Many commercial brands of bar soaps and shower gels can dry out your skin and cause it to age faster.
Many commercial moisturizers contain synthetic ingredients that can harm your skin or wellbeing over the course of time.
Commercial products often contain mineral oil or petroleum jelly. Both of these are byproducts of oil refinement. Despite the use of the word "mineral," in "mineral oil," this is not a beneficial product for the skin. Both mineral oil and petroleum jelly act as a preventative barrier, clog the pores and keep the skin from breathing. They can prevent nutrients from reaching and absorbing into the layers of the skin.
Shop Confidently With Beauty By the Batch
Beauty By the Batch is a practical resource for assisting you in finding artisans that provide natural and nearly all-natural products. Begin your search by visiting the Beauty By the Batch Artisan Directory. Not only do the artisans that appear within the Artisan Directory support the efforts of Beauty By the Batch, but they have all agreed to adhere to Beauty By the Batch's Artisan Code of Conduct. By agreeing to our Artisan Code of Conduct, artisans promise to abide by truthful and accurate marketing and a number of other practices that are in the best interest of consumers.