5 Essential Ingredients for Youthful Skin

This Nutrition Bite explores 5 of nature’s best ingredients for keeping your skin bright, firm and youthful.

When it comes to skincare, there are thousands of products to choose from, which can make navigating your way to your best skin a little tricky. Especially if you are looking for vegan products, or just the healthiest options out there.

To keep things simple amidst a very vast selection of products, keep in mind that INGREDIENTS are more important than the BRAND NAME. Just because a brand is well-known, doesn’t make them trustworthy. (We covered that in our previous blog – lies about “organic” ingredients are rampant!)

As usual, nature provides. And thank goodness, because nobody wants to put toxins on their precious skin… Especially knowing your skin can absorb up to 60% of whatever you put on it (directly applied, or not)!

Here are 5 essential, NATURAL skincare ingredients to nourish your skin and keep it looking youthful.

5 Essential Ingredients for Youthful Skin


1. German Chamomile
German Chamomile is an excellent ingredient to keep your skin looking and feeling young. This youth-promoting ingredient helps your skin look tighter, plumper and more lifted.

Chamomile’s famous “calming” properties carry over into skincare, soothing skin and keeping redness and inflammation at bay.

2. Mango Seed Butter
Mango seed butter packs a triple punch thanks to its high vitamin C and Vitamin A content, paired with serious moisturizing power.

This means antioxidant protection, antiaging, wrinkle prevention and reduction, and complexion boosting benefits!

3. Vitamin C
This brightness-boosting ingredient is a staple in skin care considering its wide array of benefits. As an antioxidant it helps protect the skin from UV damage and minimizes damage.

It can also help reduce dark spots, brighten your complexion, and improve skin texture. This powerhouse of nature also helps you absorb other helpful ingredients better, which may be why it’s been known to increase the effect/benefits of certain compounds, as well.

4. Sunflower Seed Oil
Who’d have thought that the vibrant and lovely sunflower that gives us such visual pleasure also provides sunflower oil that promotes lovely and vibrant skin?

Sunflower oil is a non-comedogenic oil. That means it doesn’t clog your pores. Instead this oil’s golden goodness adds moisture AND locks it in. It also nourishes your skin with skin-smoothing Vitamin E and works on a cellular level at keeping your skin from looking ‘weathered’. What a treat!

5. Red Maple Leaf Extract
You may not have heard of it before, but maple leaf extract is nature’s anti-aging powerhouse. This lovely leaf is a potent solution for wrinkles, dryness, sagging and dullness. Think plant-based botox and retinol rolled into one. And it smells good, too!)

Maple leaf extract encourages skin to produce elastin and unlike retinol (which is commonly derived from animal sources such as chicken liver).

Red Maple Leaf Extract is a vegan alternative to addressing age-related skin concerns.

Bonus points to Red Maple leaf extract for being much gentler on the skin and unlike retinol, is unlikely to leave your skin dry and irritated if used incorrectly.

Note: The “red” leaf is just one extract. There are other maple extracts that have been studied and shown to provide immense benefits for skincare.

The Importance of CERTIFIED Organic

As we covered earlier this week, skincare brands need fantastic marketing to make it in an overcrowded industry. The caveat is that marketing claims can become exaggerated and distorted. Case in point is the ‘organic’ label.

When we see the word ‘organic’ on packaging, consumers are led to believe that a product is toxin free and packing some seriously clean ingredients. The truth is ‘organic’ is just another marketing term with very little reflection of a product’s purity. There can be as little as 1% of an ingredient in an organic label (and in some countries even zero organic components regardless of what the packaging says).

‘Certified USDA Organic’ on the other hand is completely different from ‘Organic’

It’s important to know the difference between these two terms when it comes to skincare because of the product’s integrity. Organic is just another green-washing term and can mean that a product has zero to a small percentage of an organic ingredient, Certified USDA Organic on the other hand is a formal and regulated label that’s certified from a third party. (Read more about this in our previous article.)

When it comes to skincare, ingredients matter. Don’t just slap on any product and expect your skin to glow.

Take time to read the label and choose ingredients that are good for your skin. Amidst the complex and crowded world of skincare, remember that good ingredients make for good skin.

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