“All natural” is a major skin care buzzword, and for good reason. Ingredients derived from natural sources can be as effective as chemically engineered ingredients. Many can even interact with your skin and body in special ways due to their natural origins.
However, the power of naturally derived ingredients goes beyond plants and essential oils. Dr. Perricone’s skin care products include natural ingredients found in plants, animals, and even your own body. By harnessing their power for his skin care and supplement lines, Dr. Perricone has created a group of extremely powerful and versatile compounds that can help you be healthier inside and out. We’ll take a look at some of the natural ingredients in Dr. Perricone’s skin care line, including their natural sources and their effects on the body and the skin.
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Alpha lipoic acid, or ALA, is in every cell of the body. Small amounts of alpha lipoic acid are also found in some foods like broccoli, peas, and organic meats. It is a fatty acid that converts glucose into energy. In addition to producing energy, ALA also protects cells, enhances the effects of vitamins, and is also a powerful antioxidant.
Why use alpha lipoic acid?
In the body: As well as improving energy, alpha lipoic acid is useful because it can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB). This unique property means ALA can pass into the brain and protect cells and nerves with its antioxidant properties. The free radical control alpha lipoic acid provides also extends to the rest of the body, preventing cell damage. Free radical damage is thought to cause many signs of aging as well as contribute to other health conditions, so keeping the body stocked with antioxidants is important.
On the skin: Alpha lipoic has a host of applications, including:
- Reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Evening out skin texture and tone
- Reducing the appearance of pores, puffiness, discoloration, and imperfections
DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol, is found naturally in wild salmon and other fish. DMAE serves two unique purposes: it functions like an antioxidant and also plays a role in muscle and skin tone. DMAE can incorporate itself into the structure of the cell membrane, creating another layer of defense against free radicals. Also, DMAE is able to enhance the effects of other nutrients and antioxidants, and is thus a useful addition to any diet or skin care product.
Why use DMAE?
In the body: DMAE boosts the production of acetylcholine, which both stimulates muscle tone. Since acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter, it also affects the brain; increasing its production is said to improve memory, thinking, and problem solving. Additionally, DMAE’s antioxidant properties stave off the damaging effects of free radicals in brain and body cells.
On the skin: DMAE can help provide an “instant lift” effect. By increasing acetylcholine production, the muscles of the face are stimulated to contract more, causing improved muscle tone. Since skin is attached to muscle, it becomes more toned in the process. Tighter muscles means tighter skin, and tighter skin means that lines, wrinkles, and sagging are reduced by the use of topical DMAE on a regular basis.
Vitamin C ester is simply the fat soluble form of vitamin C. Vitamin C is found in high concentrations in fruits and vegetables and is responsible for the healthy functioning of the body. From the synthesis of collagen to the production of substances responsible for providing energy to the body, vitamin C is a crucial nutrient.
Why use Vitamin C ester?
In the body: Vitamin C ester is fat soluble, meaning it can incorporate itself into the cell membrane and stay in the body for a longer time. This means vitamin C ester works as an antioxidant and protects the cell from free radicals. Like DMAE, vitamin C ester’s ability to provide protection to the cell membrane means there is a reduced change of cell damage.
On the skin: Vitamin C ester is useful for soothing and treating skin irritation and redness, like in the case of psoriasis or sunburn. The anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C make it an effective treatment for damaged skin, while the fat soluble properties of this formulation of the vitamin make it non-irritating. Even if skin isn’t damaged, vitamin C ester imparts a healthy glow and radiance to skin.
“Tocotrienol” is the name given to the group of isomers that make up the vitamin E family. Tocotrienols are abundant in plant oils such as:
Why use tocotrienols?
In the body: Tocotrienols are widely recognized for their ability to lower cholesterol and inhibit cholesterol-raising substances in the body. Tocotrienols also help prevent atherosclerosis (artery blockage), benefitting the heart. Tocotrienols are also have an antioxidant function.
On the skin: Tocotrienols are useful in preventing sun damage. The antioxidant properties of tocotrienols come into play right where they accumulate under the surface of the skin. This is where harmful UV rays enter the body and start a chain of free radical damage. Tocotrienols can fight this damage right at the entry point of the UV rays.
In addition to protecting the skin from free radicals, tocotrienols also prevent other sorts of sun damage and photoaging, especially when used in conjunction with sunscreen.
Allantoin is derived from allantois, a compound found in most animals other than apes and humans. It is also found in some plants like sugar beet, chamomile, and tobacco seed.
Why use allantoin?
In the body: Allantoin is used primarily as a topical skin cream to promote healthy tissue growth and has not been studied extensively for its benefits to the body.
On the skin: Allantoin is best known for its ability to promote cell turnover by softening the keratin in the skin. This causes faster production of new cells and tissue, making it easier for skin to heal and rejuvenate itself. This property makes allantoin a valuable ingredient for Perricone acne medications, because it promotes the growth of healthy skin over damaged acne spots. Allantoin is also a useful treamtent for scrapes, irritated skin, and chapped lips.
All of these ingredients are found in Dr. Perricone‘s products. They come from natural sources and are both safe and effective. When used alone or in combination, they show that natural ingredients can include more than just plants and can have impressive effects on both skin and body.