The Top Five Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients

Nobody wants to get older, and this is one of the main reasons why there’s a huge market for skin care products that claim to keep your skin looking young and healthy for as long as possible. 

However, many of these products contain potentially irritating or harmful ingredients that you may not want to put on your face. Luckily, there are pure ingredients that occur naturally in nature that you can use to help keep father time at bay. 

Shea Butter

The shea tree is native to Africa, and the fruit is commonly referred to in African lore. Shea butter not only leaves the skin with a soft, natural texture, which is ideal if you have dry skin, it’s also chock-full of antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage that can prematurely age your skin. 

Kola Nut Extract

Kola nut extract is taken from the kola nut, and is commonly used in natural medicine to treat dysentery, diarrhea, stomach ulcers and upset stomach. When applied to the skin topically, kola nut has rejuvenating, energizing properties that can tighten the skin for a short period of time. Look for kola nut in products like natural night creams, serums and moisturizers.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract contains polyphenols – powerful antioxidants that can help to in strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation, which can give your skin a natural, healthy glow. Grapeseed extract also helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which breaks down naturally as you age. Healthy collagen and elastin fibers keep you skin looking firm, tight and supple. 

Green Tea Extract 

Green tea extract is high in the epigallocatechin gallate, commonly known as EGCG, which has been shown to be more powerful than both vitamin E and vitamin C, both of which are common antioxidants. When used in skin care products, green tea can help to stop free radicals that can make your skin look older and dull. Green tea also contains caffeine, which can temporarily tighten and firm your skin. Drinking green tea also has health benefits, and some research shows it may be beneficial in prevent the formation of cancer cells. 


Guarana seed was used by both the Mayans and Maue Indians as a natural tonic, and it has been popular in natural health and skin care circles for many years. Guarana contains a compound that that is very similar to caffeine called tetramethylxanthine, though it contains some vegetable fat not present in caffeine. Tetramethylxanthine works topically on the skin as a stimulant, stimulating and firming aging skin, while the fat content provides moisture that is essential for healthy skin.

Keeping a young look is actually easier than most people think, so make sure you take a natural approach. Do you have any good tips to share?

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