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withSimplicity + Mia Barnes | April 25, 2024

The Science Behind Natural
Anti-Aging Ingredients


Many people dread skin aging. While there’s no way to reverse it, there are various ways to manage it. Natural ingredients offer a safe and effective way to reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and skin thinning.Discover the science behind some of the most beloved natural ingredients to nurture your skin.

What Happens to Skin as You Age?

As you age, your skin loses fat and becomes less smooth. Your veins and bones are more pronounced, while cuts and scratches take longer to heal.

Your pigment-containing cells, also known as melanocytes, decrease in number and increase in size. This is the reason why aging skin looks paler and thinner than before. Pigmented spots, called lentigos or liver spots, are more evident in sun-exposed areas.

The most common signs include wrinkles, saggy skin and crow’s feet. Aside from age, several factors, such as lifestyle, genetics, personal habits and sun exposure, can contribute to signs of aging. While it’s impossible to reverse aging, many ways exist to prevent the early onset of symptoms.

5 Effective Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients

With many people showing interest in anti-aging solutions, the skin care industry is projected to grow to about $145 billion in 2028. While cosmetic procedures such as Botox, non-surgical fat removal, chemical peels and fillers provide instant results, they come with expensive price tags, and are not best for those looking to lead a natural, more holistic lifestyle.

Many people use natural anti-aging ingredients in their quest for a youthful appearance. They are less invasive, effective and relatively inexpensive than cosmetic procedures. Check out these ingredients that are scientifically proven to provide anti-aging properties.

Green Tea

A warm cup of green tea provides more than an energy boost in the afternoon. It contains polyphenols that provide anti-aging and gut benefits. It’s also known for its high levels of catechins, an antioxidant that helps delay biological aging. Aside from better complexion, it can help decrease the risk of heart disease.

Consequently, applying cold green tea bags to your eye area can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and soothe red or bloodshot eyes.

You can find green tea extract in our Normal + Combination Foaming Face Wash.

Rosehip Oil

In addition to being a famous botanical skincare ingredient, rosehip oil contains nutrients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help moisturize and hydrate the skin. It also helps protect your skin from harmful UV exposure, which significantly contributes to premature aging. Rosehip oil also helps reduce scars and fine lines.

You can find rosehip oil in our Pro-Age Serum, one of our most loved and best-selling serums that helps soften the appearance of aging.

Vitamin C

This ingredient defends your skin against oxidative stress, which can result in dryness and deepening of wrinkles. Due to its anti-inflammatory benefits, it can also improve the appearance of acne scars. Ascorbic acid, l-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl glucoside and ascorbyl palmitate are synthetic types of vitamin C usually found in skin care products. This nutrient is also found in nutritious foods, such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries and kiwi.

One of the best ways to infuse your skin with Vitamin C is through a mask! We've created two natural face masks just for this purpose: Fizz-C Vitamin C Lava Clay Mask and Lumi-hance Brightening Face Mask.


Pomegranate is more than just a tasty fruit. It contains phytochemicals that provide protection against UVA and UVB-mediated cell damage, oxidative stress and DNA damage. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C, a natural collagen-boosting ingredient. Drinking pomegranate juice or applying creams, moisturizers and sheet masks containing this fruit helps support your journey to youthful skin.

You can also find pomegranate oil in our Pro-Age Serum, one of our most loved and best-selling serums that helps soften the appearance of aging.


This botanical ingredient is famed as a gentler alternative to retinoids, helping treat prematureaging, acne and skin discoloration without the high risk of irritation. It helps reduce erasing fine lines and improves skin discoloration as retinol but with less risk of burning and peeling, making it ideal for sensitive skin. It’s found in creams and serums with other botanicals, like seaweed and rose hip.

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This blog is written and contributed by Mia Barnes. Mia Barnes is a health and beauty freelance writer with a passion for clean and healthy living, skincare, and wellness. Mia is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind Magazine.