Traditional makeup covers flaws. Next-gen cosmeceuticals reduce flaws. Products that provide beauty from within (in other words, health) follow the growing trend of treating the cause of illness rather than treating symptoms. While aging looks aren't necessarily an "illness," the oxidative stress that accelerates sagging, dry skin; thin, lifeless hair; and brittle, yellow nails can be reduced by proper nutrition. Research on several key natural ingredients that can either be found in the diet or added to the diet via supplementation or topical application has shown how cosmeceutical ingredients benefit appearance.
Aloe vera can improve skin hydration and facial elasticity, and reduce facial wrinkles. Another green skin dream, green tea, provides polyphenols and catechins that protect skin from damaging ultra violet (UV) light. And a green tea lotion also reduced acne in patients with mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris.
Curcumin, the powerful yellow active component of turmeric, protects skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation.
The botanical French maritime pine bark has also shown anti-aging befits to skin health. Researchers have hypothesized that its oligometric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a class of bioflavonoid complexes, support its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.
Naturally occurring pigments known as carotenoids offer a plethora of health benefits through their antioxidant properties, including to skin health. Usually displayed in nature as bright reds, oranges and yellows, they include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and others, many of which have been shown to reduce sunburns and reduce skin roughness.
Vitamin E's isolated compounds (alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherol, and alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocotrienol) can also benefit skin health by protecting against sunburn and promoting hair growth.
Collagen, connective tissue found in skin, joint and other body components, improves skin elasticity and reduces eye wrinkles according to several studies.
And a wheat extract oil was shown to increased skin hydration and reduced skin dryness, and redness in women in one study.
Read more about these cosmeceutical ingredients in INISDER's Cosmeceutical Digital Issue.