A great antioxidant body cream will block the oxidation damage that is a major cause of aging skin. The best news is, it will also do more. It will reverse all of the three biggest causes of skin aging.
But it has to have the same ingredients as an excellent face cream, and very few antioxidant body creams do.
There’s a simple reason why so few great creams are made for your body. This product has to cover a lot more area than face cream, so manufacturers usually keep costs down by making the cream from low-cost oil — mineral oil is the most common. Any really effective ingredients are generally used in tiny amounts — too little to be effective — also to keep the costs down.
Mineral oil is so common because it’s cheap. Also called petrolatum, paraffin wax and liquid paraffin, it’s a short-term moisturizer that has many nasty long-term effects. It blocks pores, encourages acne, strips the skin of its own natural oils (and therefore makes it drier than ever over time) and can make your skin more photosensitive — more easily sunburned.
A high price to pay for a cheaper body cream, in my opinion.
Here is what to look for to protect and rejuvenate the skin all over your body:
— 1. Coenzyme Q10, the powerful antioxidant, in a form your skin can absorb.
Body creams usually contain CoQ10 in tiny amounts, and even worse, in a particle size too large for skin to absorb. The most effective CoQ10 comes in a nano-emulsion (tiny particle size) of 5 percent CoQ10 and 10 percent natural vitamin E.
That combination effectively blocks the free radicals in the skin responsible for oxidation damage and skin aging and wrinkling.
— 2. A booster for your skin’s own natural production of collagen and elastin, the two key proteins whose loss is another great cause of skin aging. Note: Your skin can’t absorb collagen as a skin care ingredient. Same problem: too large a molecule to be absorbed through the skin. If collagen is contained in a topical cream, it’s there to make you think it helps. Don’t believe it.
A patented ingredient called Cynergy Tk does a great job stimulating collagen and elastin growth and boosts new skin cell growth by 160 percent in clinical testing.
— 3. A way to rebuild hyaluronic acid. Lost hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) is the last of the “big three” causes of skin aging. A damaging enzyme in the skin breaks down hyaluronic acid. But a Japanese seaweed extract called Phytessence Wakame blocks the damaging enzyme — and your skin is able to rebuild hyaluronic acid to levels it had years ago.
Those ingredients will reverse all three major causes of skin aging, sagging and wrinkling. Look for them in an antioxidant body cream.