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In Dr. Oz's Whole-Body Anti-Aging Guide 2014, he talked about "new science is making it possible to stop — even reverse — the signs of aging without painful, invasive plastic surgery."
We here at Truth in Aging know that "new science" can be an oxymoron. Sometimes the most effective natural anti-aging solutions have been right under our nose since… well, pretty much forever. Case in point: two of the natural powerhouses pitched by Dr. Oz — bearberry and vitamin B3 / niacinamide — and also ceramides. Read on to find out how these three natural ingredients can work both internally and externally to turn back the clock.
Vitamin B3 / Niacinamide
Niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3, is quite a multi-tasker. It has been proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness and skin sallowness, as well improve skin elasticity. How? Niacinamide suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage. Too much melanin (which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for both its color the skin’s absorption of UV rays) can result in age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation.
Topical application of niacinamide has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content, decrease hyperpigmentation and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis, according to many peer published studies.
You can find niacinamide in these skin care products: Osmotics Lighten FX Serious Brightening Solution ($62), Taun Facial Repair Formula and Stemulation Boost Creme ($75).
Yogi Bear may not have liked nuts and berries, but all other bears consider bearberries to be one of their favorite snacks. For people, though, it's not about how these pretty red berries taste — it's about their impressive anti-aging capabilities. Because they contain arbutin, bearberries can lighten and brighten skin as well as offer sun protection — all naturally and without side effects.
Bearberry extract is turning up more and more often in skincare. You can find it in these skin care products: La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop), Your Best Face Restore ($120) and Arcona Instant Magic Reversal Serum ($105).
Ceramides are the glue that holds our skin surface cells together. There are different ceramide types (conveniently numbered, i.e., ceramide-3) and six are commonly found in skin. All four layers of the epidermis contain ceramides, and they play an important role by creating a barrier that reduces infection and helps to retain the skin’s moisture. Reduction in the amount of ceramides may result in dry skin, dermatitis, or wrinkles.
Some studies have shown that adding ceramides to skincare products effectively replenishes the skin's reduced ceramide levels. Further studies have that topical application can actually help rebuild and restore the epidermal barrier, strengthening the skin's appearance and maximizing its moisture levels.