The Best Anti-Ageing Australian Botanical Ingredients
We’re SO lucky in Australia some incredible botanical ingredients right here in our own backyard. Let’s take a look at some of the best Aussie botanical ingredients for anti-ageing and why we include them all in the Oskyn range!
What exactly IS a botanical ingredient?
A botanical ingredient is a gift straight from Mother Nature herself. It’s a plant extract or oil derived from berries, nuts, herbs, seeds, roots and flowers and the use of natural botanical ingredients for skincare and medicinal purposes date back thousands of years.
Why are botanical ingredients so incredible for skin?
The way our skin ages falls into two categories; intrinsic and extrinsic ageing.
Intrinsic ageing is how our skin ages naturally over time as collagen breakdown and skin cells begin to take longer to naturally regenerate. Extrinsic ageing; also known as photo ageing is caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays – it’s the kind that can make you look older than your years. Free radical damage also speeds up ageing and are your skin’s worst nightmare.
They’re the harmful molecules from smoke, pollution and ultraviolet light that cling to cells and damage the structure of collagen causing wrinkles, fine lines, and dullness. We are all exposed to free radicals on a daily basis.
Plant ingredients are made up of unique bioactive chemical substances which include those that help the skin regenerate, repair and protect itself including antioxidants, essential fatty acids, pigments, UV screens, and vitamins. They help combat the effects of ageing in a natural but very effective way.
Kakadu Plum – The holy grail of vitamin C
The Kakadu Plum really is an anti-ageing superstar! What makes it so special is its HUGE Vitamin C content. It has the highest concentration of vitamin C, higher than any other natural source in the world.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and plays a key role in the synthesis of collagen and daily use helps boost collagen and elastin that help keep your skin firm and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also a fantastic skin brightener and helps even out discolouration and fade hyperpigmentation.
You’ll find Kakadu Plum extract in our Anti-Ageing Facial Serum, Anti-Ageing Facial Cream Cleanser, Facial Moisturiser SPF15+ , and Tinted Facial Moisturiser SPF15+
Quandong – Reduces the look of fine lines
It may have a funny sounding name but this fruit doesn’t mess around when it comes to boosting an ageing complexion!
Quandong is an Australian skincare superfood, also known as the bush peach, and is brimming with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Like the Kakadu Plum, it has a potent vitamin C content helping increase the synthesis of collagen and reduce the look of fine lines.
Quandong also contains high levels of the antioxidant rutin, which when paired with Vitamin C, intensifies the antioxidant power.
Botanical anti-ageing dream teams don’t get much better than Quandong and the Kakadu Plum which is why we use both of them in our Anti-ageing Serum.
Also found in this special fruit are vitamin E, folate, magnesium and calcium which together promote cell regeneration, neutralise the effects of damaging free radicals and help skin stay moisturised and supple.
You’ll find Quandong extract in our Anti-Ageing Facial Serum and Anti-Ageing Facial Cream Cleanser.
Davidson’s Plum – Free radical fighter and healer
Davidson’s Plum is a potent source of antioxidants that combat one of the main culprits of prematurely ageing skin; those free radicals.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals—like vitamins A, C, E, which protect skin by neutralising free radicals before they begin to oxidize. Oxidative stress is the process that leads to those fine lines and wrinkles and the Davidson Plum is packed with antioxidants to combat this process.
But wait, it gets better. The Davidson Plum won’t just help prevent damage, it will also stimulate the skin’s natural healing mechanisms to repair damage already done by free radicals.
You’ll find Davidson’s Plum extract in our Anti-Ageing Facial Serum
Kangaroo Apple – Amino acids for firmer and more even skin tone
The Kangaroo Apple plant contains high levels of amino acids. Amino acids are small but potent skincare heroes, creating and maintaining smooth, healthy, younger-looking skin.
They are part of our bodies natural moisturising factors (NMFs) and are essential for keeping skin hydrated and creating the connective and structural proteins – collagen, fibrinogen, and elastin – that keep skin plump and firm looking.
Kangaroo Apple’s amino acids also encourage exfoliation buffing away the old cells reveal the brighter, fresher ones underneath helping to lighten scars and pigmentation.
You’ll find Kangaroo Apple extract in our Anti-Ageing Facial Cream Cleanser.
Mountain Pepper – An antioxidant wizard
The Mountain Pepper’s big claim to skincare fame is its super antioxidant activity.
The berries of this small Australian native are packed with Anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid, that has been shown to suppress inflammation, help stimulate collagen production to reduce the look of fine lines and act as a potent antioxidant.
The Mountain Pepper contains impressive amounts of B- carotene which is converted into vitamin A in the body.
Vitamin A is a skincare wizard when it comes to warding off the signs of ageing, tackling issues like skin elasticity, unevenness, lines, and wrinkles. It should definitely be part of your skincare routine if you’re over 30 because (sadly!) your collagen production as really begun to wane by this time.
You’ll find Mountain Pepper extract in our Anti-Ageing Facial Cream Cleanser and Anti-Ageing Facial Serum.
6 Healthy Skin Habits To Adopt In Your 30’s
Your 30’s are a crucial time to perfect an anti-ageing skincare routine to combat all the fun things like fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation that can begin to deepen in the coming decade.
If you haven’t already been taking your skincare seriously, now is the time. Here are 6 healthy skin habits to adopt in your 30’s and beyond.
Embrace Vitamin C – In your skincare and diet
Vitamin C isn’t just your go-to ingredient for knocking out a cold, it’s also a key vitamin for an effective anti-ageing skincare routine. Vitamin C brightens skin, stimulates collagen synthesis and can assist in protecting your skin against UV-induced photodamage.
Your skin will benefit from incorporating vitamin C into your routine both topically and in your diet. We use Australian Kakadu Plum extract as a key ingredient in Oskyn’s Anti-ageing Facial Serum. This incredible native fruit is the world’s highest source of natural vitamin C with more than 50 times the vitamin C concentration found in oranges.
The Kakadu Plum also has powerful antioxidant properties that provide protection against oxidative stress caused by free radicals – a contributing factor to ageing skin.
When it comes to your plate, load up on fruits rich in vitamin C, like orange, kiwi, lemon, guava, grapefruit and veggies including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and capsicums.
Exfoliate regularly to combat dull skin
Once you hit your 30’s, skin cell turnover slows down. Rather than new cells appearing once every 14 days when your skin was younger, they now appear every 28-35 days.
This results in dead skin cells piling up on the surface leaving your complexion dull and exaggerating the look of fine lines.
Regular exfoliation sessions, at least once a week, will slough away those old skin cells and reveal the brighter, fresher looking skin underneath. Removing dead skin cells also maximises the effectiveness of all your skincare products, allowing them to penetrate more deeply into the skin’s layers.
Use spot treatments instead of harsh cleansers
Thanks to changes hormone levels, you may find yourself battling rounds of breakouts in your 30’s you haven’t experienced since your teens. However, you can’t treat adult breakouts the same way your treated pimples back in high school with harsh cleansers.
These types of cleansers really dry out the skin, stripping away essential water and oil vital to ageing skin which is much less resilient than it once was. A better option is to use spot treatments to target troubled areas and opt for a gentler, sulfate free cleanser to nourish skin rather than strip it.
Never skip sunscreen
No matter your age, applying sunscreen daily really is the golden rule when it comes to slowing the signs of premature ageing.
The sun is responsible for the vast majority of visible ageing including wrinkles, rough patches, sagging, and skin discolouration. Hyperpigmentation, brown patches, that often occur on the forehead, cheeks and chin may begin to appear in or become more noticeable your 30s.
The good news is, research shows the daily use of a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can help reduce ageing of the skin caused by sun damage.
If you’ve been a little haphazard with your SPF protection in the past, this is the time to get vigilant about including it in your daily routine. Not just in summer or when the sun is out.
Every single day. We repeat, every single day.
Cut back on sugar to reduce inflammation
As you age, your skin recovers less easily from inflammation. Make an effort to cut back on the amount of sugar in your diet, especially refined sugar.
When your body absorbs sugar it quickly raises your insulin levels which can lead to inflammation. What does this have to do with your skin? Inflammation triggers particular enzymes to be released called Matrix Metallo Proteinases (MMP’s)
These enzymes break down healthy collagen and elastin fibres in your body. With collagen and elastin stores already on the decline in your 30’s, inflammation is a recipe for increased wrinkles and sagging. In general, eating diet based on low inflammatory foods can play a major role in taking a holistic approach to an anti-aging.
Step up the hydration factor
Once you hit your late 20’s your skin begins to lose hyaluronic acid. This molecule helps keep skin moisturised, resilient and plump.
As hyaluronic acid continues to declines in your 30’s, your skin becomes drier and also more sensitive. For this reason, it’s important to step up your intake of hydration; both topical and internal, to compensate for the decline of this moisture retaining molecule.
Slathering on rich, thick skin creams isn’t necessarily the answer, you need to look for products that contain water attracting ingredients that boost hydration.
Fill your plate with foods that replenish your fluids too. Cucumber, zucchini, rockmelon, watermelon, capsicum and cauliflower, to mention just a few fruits and veg that have high water content and are readily available. Ditch the soft drinks and sugary processed juices in favour of big glasses of water flavoured with a little lemon, orange, ginger or sliced cucumber.
We hope these tips help you lock down a great skincare routine in your 30’s and set you up for a healthy complexion that ages beautifully for decades to come.
Powered by the first “True to Nature” cellular certified organic native extracts, Oskyn represents a new era of natural clinical grade skincare.
For too long we have relied on synthetically produced vitamins in our skincare which have inferior bioactivity compared to their natural counterparts.
We are very excited about our launch of 6 amazing products that feel wonderful on the skin and provide real benefit. Your daily beauty routine is covered with a gentle cream cleanser, serum and moisturiser all with powerful anti-ageing active ingredients.
Cellular extraction is an exciting new technology that captures powerful botanical phyto-activity as it exists in nature. The full range of photo-active compounds are obtained via this innovative process which has never been achieved before. Conventional extraction methods are destructive to the integrity of the plant and therefore most if not all of nutrients are destroyed.
The amazing cellular certified organic Australian native extracts form the foundation of our skincare range and we are proud to say that the bioactivity of these extracts is backed by scientific data. Very exciting!
The truth about preservatives in skincare
Just about every “natural” or “organic” skincare product you pick up these days has “paraben free” or words to that effect displayed on the label. While the jury is still out on the safety of these preservatives we have made the decision not to include any questionable ingredients in our products including parabens.
That said, preservatives are an essential component of skincare that has water content for the following three reasons: bacteria, yeast and mould. Yuck! Microbial contamination in a product that has been inadequately preserved can pose a significant health risk – more so than any preservative system. Microorganisms are not visible to the naked eye. Just because you can’t see them does not mean they are not there!
Not every preservative is effective against each of the typical 3 microorganisms. This is why it is necessary to have a preservative system that is effective against the full spectrum of microorganisms – yeast, bacteria and mould.
Organic skincare products that make the claim of “preservative free” or that rely on a blend of essential oils as preservatives should be treated the same as perishable food items – kept in the fridge and used within a few days.
We have conducted extensive research to find safe, effective and the most natural as possible preservative systems for our products that provide protection against the full spectrum of microorganisms for the shelf life of the product.