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6 Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients For Summer

So you can sit back and relax instead of worrying about sun spots.

Did you know that sun damage accounts for 80% of visible facial aging signs? Or that a measly 2% increase in sun damage can age you an extra three years? We don’t recommend living like a vampire and avoiding the sun forever, so here are six natural ingredients vetted by scientists to protect and repair skin from sun exposure. To protect your skin this summer, you can find all six in our Turn Back Time supplement.

Vitamin C

Not just for colds! One study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher Vitamin C intake was associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles or dryness. Why? Vitamin C can repair photo-damage and increase collagen production to keep youthful bounce.

Alpha-lipoic Acid

We tend to think of aging happening on our face when in fact, it occurs at the cellular level. Your chromosomes have little protective end caps called telomeres. When telomeres get too short our cells can no longer reproduce which causes our tissues to degenerate. Because the cells in our skin and hair reproduce more often, they are most affected by telomere shortening.

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant found in yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli and potatoes. ALA can stimulate telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres. Longer telomeres means healthier, younger cells.

Green Tea Extract

Green Tea offers a nourishing, reinvigorating boost to your entire system. Studies show that the polyphenols found in green tea have anti-inflammatory and even anti-carcinogenic properties which can protect against a variety of skin disorders. Other benefits of green tea include balancing metabolism and promoting longevity.

Turmeric

Called the “Queen of Spices,” this powerful herb was popular in Ayurveda as a oral and topical medicine. Research confirms why. Turmeric contains the anti-inflammatory antioxidant curcumin. Curcumin can counteract the pro-inflammatory state which is believed to participate in many age-related health concerns.

Lutein

This carotenoid vitamin targets eye health, which detriorates as we age. As sunlight and time threaten our eyes, lutein helps slow the aging process of the eyes to keep your sight as strong as your body.

Polypodium Leucotomos Extract

Difficult to pronounce, but effective in skin protection. This South American fern helps shield skin from damaging UV rays that cause aging. Also, extracts have the potential to help with post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

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Zena Wozniak is the Senior Content Editor at HUM. She enjoys hot yoga, bath bombs, and making a mess in her kitchen. You can find her @zenawoz on social.
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