For as long as people have walked the Earth, we have been on an endless quest to find products to help us look younger. Today, dozens of products can be found on store shelves, all promising to give our skin a healthy and radiant glow.
While there have been some impressive advancements in the anti-aging product industry, there’s a lot to be said for some of the ancient secrets to youth. With that in mind, let’s look at some of these old and new treatments:
Writings from the Ming Dynasty suggest using pearl powder as a natural moisturizer. Some Chinese empresses even ate the powder in an effort to have lovely skin. A 2009 study conducted in Taiwan seems to back up the power of pearls. Research shows that pearl powder moisturizes the skin and reduces the production of melanin. It also may minimize the appearance of blemishes.
Famous for being one of the gifts the Wise Men gave to Baby Jesus, frankincense is also well known for its skin healing benefits. The resin has been used since Biblical times to eliminate blemishes, and its natural antibacterial properties have made it popular as a natural anti-acne remedy. Frankincense is rich in boswellic acid, which can reduce scarring while encouraging the formation of collagen and reduction of wrinkles.
Yes, you read that correctly — that slimy stuff that snails leave behind when they crawl along is actually pretty good for the skin. Technically known as snail mucin, the Greeks began using it thousands of years ago for anti-aging skin treatments. Modern-day researchers have found that snail mucin is rich in a natural anti-inflammatory substance called salicylic acid. If your friends dare you to let a snail make its way across your face, the mucin’s moisturizing and firming action may result in fewer wrinkles and dryness.
Many current anti-aging creams often contain peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can penetrate the skin. A product that contains a specific peptide called Micro X6 is Artistry Youth Xtend by Amway. The serum concentrate is designed to help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles caused by UV exposure, and it can help protect the skin from nasty environmental toxins such as pollution, which can also lead to wrinkles.
If you want to learn more about Artistry Youth Xtend, check out the great video that Amway posted on YouTube. You’ll find it under the “Forward Beauty” category, and it will give you more detailed information about the product and how and why it works.
Products that contain retinol seem to have some pretty amazing anti-aging properties. One, called SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, is listed as one of the best anti-aging products by Total Beauty.
Basically, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that has been makes the skin smoother and younger looking. While prescription formulas may contain retinoic acid, the over-the-counter products include a version of retinol that the skin will convert into retinoic acid. One word of advice: Since retinol has been known to make skin more sensitive, people who use it should be sure to wear extra sunscreen.