For the eco-savvy, all-natural wrinkle creams serve as an earth-friendly alternative to typical, off-the-shelf products. You can turn to easily accessible, pre-made natural wrinkle creams or whip up your own concoctions at home -- in addition to being gentle on your skin, the latter type also goes easy on your wallet. Choosing green skin-care products also helps you avoid potentially harmful or harsh chemical ingredients.
All About Ingredients
All-natural wrinkle creams rely on organic ingredients rather than synthetics to fight the signs of aging. Look for ingredients such as antioxidants -- including green tea, pomegranate and the red-grape-derivative resveratol -- or skin-friendly vitamins such as E and C. In particular, antioxidant-rich ingredients soften fine lines while warding off skin-damaging free radicals. Likewise, fruit extracts like lychee and blackberry help wrinkle-prone skin stay elastic. Avoid products with acronyms such as BHA, BHT or PEG on their labels, as well as those with sodium-laureth sulfate, which sometimes contains carcinogens. Likewise, be wary of the term “fragrance," which may imply the presence of unnatural ingredients.
"Good Housekeeping" recommends SibuBeauty Repair and Protect Cream, which contains sea buckthorn-seed oil, for its non-greasy feeling and light citrus scent. John Masters Organics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum is another natural option that packs rose-flower oil, aloe-vera leaf juice and aspen-bark extract; it targets dry, mature or sun-damaged skin. For oily or combination skin, "Good Housekeeping" suggests the lightweight Korres Materia Herba Anti-Ageing Cream.
An At-Home Option
To prepare your own all-natural wrinkle cream, turn to safe, edible ingredients. Simmer a sealed jar of 1/4 cup of almond oil, 2 tablespoons each of coconut oil and beeswax, 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 1 teaspoon of shea butter in a pot of water. Once the mix melts, stir the contents of the jar and let the them rest at room temperature until it takes on a creamy consistency, then store your DIY cream in a cool place. This combo packs anti-wrinkle antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory qualities, thanks to its shea-butter content. Apply the cream twice daily after washing your face.
Do Your Research
A product's ingredients list serves as your best bet for buying safe, all-natural wrinkle cream -- even the word “natural” on the label doesn't guarantee that the product contains no synthetic or harmful elements. Look for the USDA's Certified Organic Label to ensure the safest natural ingredients, and seek reviews from nonprofit sites such as the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database or GoodGuide -- both rate cosmetic products based on the safety of their ingredients as well as their environmental impact.
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- Organic Authority: DIY Homemade Anti-Aging Face Cream Recipe