Breakthrough ingredients to nourish your skin

PHOTO: Breakthrough ingredients to nourish your skin

Step away from the much vaunted facial care products like whitening serums or facial creams, and look towards nature to help you firm up your skin.

AsiaOne Health shows you four natural ingredients that may be the next big thing in skin nourishment.

New Zealand sheep wool

Our skin's elasticity comes from keratin, which are proteins that promote elasticity.

These proteins are produced naturally but as we age or expose ourselves to sunlight and pollution, production of keratin falls.

Hence, we start to have wrinkles and sagging skin.

However, not all keratin are the same. Those that come from the hooves, horns or feathers or animals and birds may not be as effective in nourishing our skin.

Where else then can we find keratin which is the closest match to those produced by our skin?

According to online sources, the answer lies in a kind of keratin called Cynergy TK, which is sourced from the wool of New Zealand sheep.

Cynergy TK is said to stimulate keratin in the skin, and promote its growth.

It is almost identical to those found in human skin, and looks to be more effective on actual human skin.


Broccoli, Brussels sprout and cabbage

Want to stop those fine lines from appearing on your face?

Veggies such as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts may still be the key.

These greens contain sulphoraphane, a compound which has been proven to help protect skin cell regeneration.

On top of that, it also has anticancer, antibacterial, antidiabetic and detoxifying properties.

According to an online source, some even put this ingredient in their sunscreens, as it protects the skin from UV rays, thus protecting the wearer from possible skin cancer.

The addition of sulphoraphane in products supposedly makes fine lines disappear and deep wrinkles to decrease in depth.


Algae may also help your skin regenerate itself by up to 55 per cent.

Scientists doing algae research found that alguronic acid from acid can do just that, even more so than other well-known anti-ageing ingredients such as retinol, coenzyme Q10, and even Vitamins C and E.

Kelp from the Japanese Sea

Kelp, a kind of seaweed, can also help firm up the skin.

According to an online source, it has phytessence wakame, an ingredient which inhibits harmful hyaluronidase activity in the skin.

Hyaluronidase breaks down hyaluronic acid, also known as the "glue" of elastin and collagen fibres.

These elastin and collagen fibres then weaken and cause fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Furthermore, it's not only rich in minerals and B-vitamins which help soothe skin irritation, it also contains sulphated pilyfucose, which protects the skin from pollution and harmful UV rays from the sun.