The science behind skin care products and ingredients is always changing and evolving as our understanding of the way our skin works, and what it needs to look its best, grows. Some skin care trends that were considered cutting edge just a few years ago have proved to be less effective than we originally thought, while others have served as the foundation for new skin research and products.
Current skin care trends include eliminating products that contain chemicals and artificial ingredients and instead turning to more natural, plant based and organic skin care products, such as naturally derived bar soaps, cleansers, serums, moisturizers and sun screens. Continue reading below to discover a few more current trends in skin care that can help you get the healthy glow you have been looking for.
Products Containing CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil
CBD, which is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, comes from the hemp plant. You might have noticed that CBD has turned up as an ingredient in many types products lately, from hard candies to herbal teas. Also referred to as hemp oil, the reason for CBD’s popularity is that it is full of antioxidants and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a good source of vitamins A, D and E. CBD is used by some people to naturally treat anxiety and aches and pains. It is also used as a sleep aid. Considering all of CBD’s healthful properties, it is no wonder that it has become a popular ingredient in many skin care products.
Popular skin care products containing CBD include lotions used to treat very dry or chapped skin. Some people swear by CBD eye creams for reducing under-eye puffiness, and CBD lip balms are great for helping to repair sensitive lips damaged by the sun or wind.
Hemp seed oil (a different ingredient than CBD, though they both come from hemp and share some of the same properties) is also being used in several skin care products these days. Hemp oil products have proved to be great for reducing redness and smoothing out rough skin.
If you are interested in trying a skin care product that contains CBD or hemp, look for those made with hemp that was grown organically. Conventionally grown hemp can contain pesticide residues and other chemicals that may not be beneficial for your skin.
Moringa Seed Oil
Many skin care products that have anti-aging properties contain antioxidants that can improve, or even reverse, some free radical damage. Moringa seed oil, derived from the seeds of the moringa oleifera tree, which is native to India and Nepal, is a strong antioxidant that is found in many anti-aging serums and moisturizers. In addition to fighting free radicals, moringa seed oil promotes the growth of new skin cells and helps skin retain moisture. It has also been shown to aid with the healing of cuts and skin abrasions.
Antioxidants and Your Skin
The benefits of antioxidants have been discussed for years as they inhibit unstable molecules known as “free radicals” which can cause damage to cells and lead to the aging process. Your body naturally produces two types of antioxidants—enzymatic antioxidants, which break down and remove free radicals, and non-enzymatic antioxidants, which interrupt free radicals’ reactions. While these are natural support systems within your body, research shows that orally ingested antioxidant supplements can work to bolster the body’s natural defense systems.
Vitamin F (Linoleic Acid)
Vitamin F, sometimes called linoleic acid, is a fatty acid found in plant oils including pumpkin, rose, hemp, sunflower, olive and flax. Vitamin F is considered an essential fatty acid because our bodies can’t produce linoleic acid on their own. Our bodies need vitamin F to build and maintain membranes and connective tissue. The compound also helps to move water in and out of cells, which makes it great for skin hydration.
Products containing linoleic acid have also been shown to improve wrinkles and fine lines with regular use, as well as help minor cuts, scratches and insect bites heal more quickly. Vitamin F contains omega 6 fatty acids and has been found to help strengthen the skin’s natural lipid barrier, which not only contributes to a healthy glow, but can help protect your skin from pollution and toxins.
Cosmetics can act as a barrier between your skin and the outside world, but with many women choosing to go without wearing makeup these days there is a concern among some dermatologists and skin care professionals that airborne toxins resulting from fossil fuel use, pesticides and other pollutants could be contributing to free radical damage and premature aging. As a result, a few companies have developed skin care products that can be used to protect your skin from pollution. These are worn over your moisturizer and before applying makeup, if you choose to wear it. Many of these products also contain sunscreen, so they can protect you from UV damage as well.
Pollution barriers are recommended for people who spend a lot of time outside, especially in city environments.