Time never stops, and aging is a process that we can just slow down for a while. As we grow older, we need to deal with some physiological phases such as menopause taking an additional toll on our skin. The first signs of aging may appear quickly on your face in the form of wrinkles and crow’s feet. The skin becomes much more delicate and sensitive, dehydration becomes a main concern as the hormonal imbalances associated with this age often cause it to become thinner, less elastic, and less supple. The amount of collagen produced by your body is reduced, and the amount of fat under the external layers of the dermis become much thinner, causing it to lose elasticity, become dry and get reddened.
On top of that, exposure to sun, cold weather or other environmental hazards, as well as bad lifestyle habits such as alcohol consumption, smoking or an unbalanced diet, may contribute to your skin aging. Don’t lose your hope, though. Thanks to the progress of medical technology, today there’s a lot you can do to fight the just fight against aging skin. Although you can’t stop time, there’s much you can do to slow down its effects on your skin by taking care of it. New amazing natural ingredients are discovered every day to keep your skin firm and taut and improve its smoothness. Plantago Lanceolata’s leaves are one of them, and they are one of the key components of our SimySkin 45+ Antiaging serums that will help to keep your skin always hydrated and nourished.
What is the Plantago Lanceolata leaves extract?
The leaves of Plantago lanceolata have been used for millennia across the four corners of the world as an effective treatment for wounds and skin diseases. The Northern tribes of ancient Sweden and Norway appropriately named them “healing leaves” in their own language. Known for its regenerative properties, the P. lanceolata (commonly known as plantain or ribleaf) is a flowering plant that grows in Europe and northern and central Asia. It comes packed with many biologically active compounds such as allantoin, terpenoids, flavonoids, caffeic acid, and polysaccharides.
Today, extracts of the Plantago lanceolata leaves are a key ingredient in many anti-aging cosmetic products such as the SimySkin 45+ Antiaging. Their biologic activities are too many to count, and range from fighting against inflammation to replacing lost moisture, protecting the skin from damaging agents, and stimulating its natural regeneration. What puts our modern products and serums one step beyond ancient medicine, however, is that now we know exactly how to tap the full power of this natural extract and boost it even further by mixing it with the right ingredients to enhance its activity.
SimySkin 45+ Antiaging serum – Stop your skin aging with the Plantain extract
One of the big benefits of Plantain Extract is that it contains high quantities of allantoin, a powerful skin soothing agent that encourages cell growth. Found in many plants and herbs, Egyptians and Chinese women and men used this substance for cosmetic purposes since the dawn of civilization. By increasing the water content of the space between cells, allantoin is able to banish dry skin by improving the skin’s ability to retain moisture. In face washes, Allantoin is also used as a chemical exfoliant to remove layers of dead skin and promote the production of that extracellular matrix – the “scaffolding” that support all cutaneous tissue layers. The final effect is smooth and supple skin, but its antiaging effects may well extend beyond just desquamation and hydration.
Plantain extract is, in fact, highly specific for 45+ skin products such as the SimySkin 45+ Antiaging serum, for their skin protectant and anti-irritant properties. Its active substances neutralize many sensitizing and irritant agents by forming complexes that are rapidly eliminated as waste by skin cells. It is so delicate that it has been used for calming baby care and soothing scalp treatment as well. This extract has wound healing properties which make it great as an acne treatment. It helps combat acne and promotes skin regeneration, which reduces the chance of scarring.
Since this extract soothes skin and reduces pruritus and irritation, it’s a good treatment for sunburn. Plantain extract can be used to protect the skin against exposure to UV rays or pollution since it decreases free radical formation and inhibits their action. Counteracting the effects of the free radicals with a potent antioxidant is critical to prevent your skin from aging. These damaging substances attack cause a breakdown of the collagen and elastin fibers of the skin, causing it to lose firmness and lush, and increasing the progression of dynamic lines and wrinkles. Plantain extract is rich in flavonoids, a group of powerful natural antioxidants that act as radical scavengers. They also contribute to the overall germicidal and antibacterial properties of this ingredient, which is why it is also used in the prevention of acne and other dermatological conditions.
Crow’s feet, dynamic lines, and wrinkles are all part of our natural aging process. Nonetheless, modern science already proved us beyond doubt that the right antiaging ingredients can make the difference to help you feel and look younger. SimySkin 45+ Antiaging serum does exactly this – it is the perfect marriage between highly active substances that share one single purpose: keeping your skin as young as you can imagine.
If you still feel young, it’s because you are young. There’s no reason why you should not look young as well.
Article by Dr. Claudio Butticè, Pharm.D.
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