A Look at the Best Night Cream Ingredients

Published: 20th July 2009
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If it contains the right ingredients a night cream can support your skin's natural rejuvenation processes, making you look younger when you wake up every morning. The latest cellular rejuvenation technology has revealed that we can delay and reverse the signs of aging, with topically applied creams. Here's a look at just a few of the compounds that have been tested for safety and effectiveness.

Shea Butter
In some parts of the world, Shea butter is recognized as a healing compound. Because of the many nutrients it contains, it repairs damage done to the skin's cells and fibers. It has been used for centuries to help heal burns, irritation, eczema, acne and similar conditions.

In the US, the pharmaceutical activity of Shea butter is not recognized. Some companies include a small amount in their products, but there are a number of different grades of the compound. If the highest grade or the right concentration is not included in a lotion, it will not provide the benefits.

A night cream containing the highest grade will help reduce wrinkles, improve softness, contribute to firmness and improve the skin's moisture content. What more could you ask for?

Avocado Oil
You could ask for avocado oil. A recent study showed that the use of creams containing it increases the amount of soluble collagen in the skin's layers. Collagen production normally slows down with age and that causes sagging and wrinkling.

Avocado oil contains sterolins, plant steroids that are known to help fade age spots. The oil is a good source of vitamin A and E. It provides essential fatty acids that moisturize and nourish. If you do a little shopping around, you can find a night cream that contains both avocado oil and Shea butter, as well as the other nourishing ingredients mentioned below.

Coenzyme Q10
You may have heard of coenzyme Q10. It's a natural antioxidant produced by the cells of the body. The level in the skin's cells is particularly high, at least when we're young and stay out of the sun. Researchers have seen that coenzyme Q10 is quickly depleted when the skin is exposed to UV radiation from the sun. In addition, the amount produced by the skin's cells decreases with age.

Several studies have shown that using a day or night cream containing coenzyme Q10 for six weeks reduces wrinkling by about 30%, repairs sun damage by about the same amount and improves the skin's moisture content by nearly as much. You might think of it as an anti-aging secret.

Keratin is the protein that makes up the majority of the cells in the epidermis, which is the skin's outermost layer. Processing keratin in order to allow it to be used in lotions and creams has been challenging for researchers, but they've finally come up with a way to do it. They call it "functional keratin", because the skin's cells recognize and accept it. It has been shown to improve firmness by over 40% after 18 days of use, which reduces wrinkles.

Who would have thought that a night cream could do all of these things? Lucky for us, someone did.

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