Looking for safe but effective natural anti-aging skincare products — to slow the signs of aging without any unhealthy chemicals?
Well my friend, you CAN have it all! These natural anti-aging products contain powerful active ingredients that have been well-studied for their effectiveness. No crossing your fingers and hoping!
Aging. It happens to the best of us…
Unless you’re Benjamin Button… OK or Jennifer Lopez. (Dayum, J Lo!)
Now aging isn’t something to be condemned — I’ve always loved the quote “Don’t regret growing older; it’s a privilege denied to many” and believe each day I’m able to spend on this gorgeous earth is a blessing.
But I’d like to “age gracefully” and certainly not before my time! Are you with me or are you with me!?
And so I’ve researched and researched, searching for the best natural anti-aging skin products.
Because as much as I’d like to slow the signs of aging, I of course refuse to sacrifice health in the name of beauty!
I also don’t want to waste my time (or money) on products with big promises and little results.
I want science. I want precision. I want these darn wrinkles to not get any deeper and for my dark spots to please go away.
Luckily, there are a few prized active anti-aging ingredients that are as natural as they are effective.
In fact, these well-studied actives are used in most conventional anti-aging skincare products too.
Even dermatologists swear by them because they WORK.
Vitamin C is required for collagen synthesis, so it’s no surprise that studies like (this one) found that topical application of vitamin C significantly increased collagen production.
A potent antioxidant, vitamin C also helps protect skin from free radicals, which damage the structural proteins in the skin. According to The World Health Organization, up to 90% of the visible signs of skin aging is said to be thanks to photo-aging or sun exposure, so vitamin C’s ability to defend from UV exposure in and of itself is a biggie.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, niacinamide increases protein synthesis — collagen and elastin are the primary proteins in the skin and keep it firm and youthful — and decreases wrinkles and fine lines. It also increases skin hydration by increasing ceramide synthesis, and hydrated skin appears plumper and more youthful.
Niacinamide is especially helpful for reducing hyperpigmentation or dark spots. In fact, one study found that application of niacinamide at a 4% concentration decreased hyperpigmentation almost as well as hydroquinone but with far fewer side effects (hydroquinone is banned in Japan, the EU, and Australia). That’s awesome news!
Bakuchoil (a safe alternative to retinol)
While retinol is pure vitamin A and so could easily be included on this list, it doesn’t come without concerns:
- EWG toxicity score: 9 (out of 10… yes, that’s VERY high)
- Increases skin’ sensitivity to the sun, and so opens the door to sun damage (which is why SPF is an absolute must if you’re using a retinol or any retinoids!)
- Some studies have even indicated that retinol may increase the risk of skin cancer
- Can cause extreme sensitivity, dryness, peeling, and breakouts (usually within the first month for most people, but those with more sensitive skin types may never get over this transition period)
- Can’t be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding
Traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurvedic skin-care remedies, bakuchiol is a plant that has all the benefits of retinol but without any of the risks or irritation.
Compared with retinol, this study found:
Bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds. The retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging.
It’s also ranked as 1 on the EWG, making it a safe ingredient to use, even during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
8 All-Natural Anti-Aging Products That Mean BUSINESS!
I’ve tried quite a few vitamin C serums and this is by far my favorite! It contains 17% L-ascorbic acid, which is smack dab between the 15-20% studies have shown to be most effective without causing irritation.
However, some L-ascorbic acid can be too strong for some. If you have sensitive skin that is easily irritated or prone to breakouts, opt for the Mad Hippie serum below instead.
If you have sensitive skin, give this vitamin C serum a try over the MyChelle serum above — whereas L-ascorbic acid can be too irritating for some, this serum is made with a much more gentle but still very potent form of vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. It also contains the antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid (which has been shown to enhance the benefits of vitamin C and E), and plumping hyaluronic acid.
This is the newest addition to my skincare routine and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been on the hunt for a great product with niacinamide for ages.
In addition to niacinamide, this mist contains hyalauronic acid for deep hydration — and hydrated, moisturized skin appears more plump and youthful.
I’m allllll about exfoliation… and vitamin C! So it’s no wonder this has become a favorite of mine.
Exfoliation increases cell turnover and collagen production, which is why it’s an essential part of any anti-aging routine. This miracle product uses fruit acids and lactic acid to remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother skin.
Another great exfoliation option, these simple pads are meant to be used each day (and so provide a much more gentle exfoliation than the MyChelle peel).
In addition to exfoliation fruit acids, it contains niacinamide for further anti-aging benefits.
This cream combines bakuchiol with antioxidant-rich Swiss Alpine rose, and has been clinically validated to reduce under-eye puffiness, visibly increase skin firmness, decrease the appearance of under-eye discoloration, and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. I’ll take it! This is the newest addition to my skincare routine and I can’t wait to update you on the results.
This hard-hitting, super moisturizing cream combines bakuchiol, antioxidant-rich Swiss Alpine rose, repairing amino acids, and tripeptide to smooth and brighten skin. Of 32 women who participated in a 4-week trial, 97% experienced brighter and more radiant-looking skin and 97% agreed appearance of fine lines and wrinkles was reduced.
Last but not least… an effective natural anti-aging skincare product that also doubles as a tinted moisturizer!
I’ve been using this CC cream for quite a few years now and love it. It provides SPF protection, all the anti-aging (and clinically-validated) goodness of Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular line, and great color coverage in a wide range of shades. What more could we ask for!?
Wondering how to use these products and where to get started?
First of all, know that you of course don’t need each and every one of them! I’d start by adding just one or two products into your current routine, particularly since vitamin C and retinoids both can cause some sensitivity and/or irritation when first introducing them.
I like to apply vitamin C serum in the AM since it helps protect skin from the sun, and retinoids should only be used in the evening, and it’s critical to protect your skin from the sun during the day.
Right now I’m using the vitamin C serum in the morning under the CC cream, the hyaluronic beauty mist in the evenings under my homemade face oil blend, and the C peel just once a week. Since I do spend a lot of time in the sun, I don’t want to venture into retinoids right now. I’ve also recently been testing the 100% Pure Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum, which I use after the beauty mist and before my oil.