We know that during the ageing process, skin loses elasticity and fat while producing fewer natural oils. This can have a marked effect on its texture – making it appear creased and wrinkly.
Tracking the visible signs of ageing is a long and slow process. Skin changes first become apparent around the age of 25 and is due to the deterioration of connective tissue, a drop in the efficient transportation of nutrients and oxygen to its surface and a breakdown of elastin fibres. This causes the skin to sag, stretch and lose its ability to ‘snap’ back.
There are two types of skin ageing:
- Intrinsic or chronological ageing is brought about by internal factors such as our genetics and hormonal changes that happen during the different life stages
- Extrinsic ageing is controllable – affected by external factors such as the environment (weather conditions and sun exposure), lifestyle choices (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) and medication1
As the largest organ in the human body, the skin plays a significant role as a protective barrier against biological, chemical, and physical stress, but it is also aesthetically important to consumers to have a smooth and wrinkle-free visage.
In fact, research tells us that skin problems can have a psychologically damaging effect on our mood and mental health. Its association with depression and anxiety is highest for patients with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema, and these results identify a major additional burden of skin disease with important clinical implications that open the way for therapeutic skincare products.
The case for Coconut Oil
As shoppers continue to look for products that can improve their appearance, it is up to new product developers to bring innovative products to shelf that are beneficial, safe, and clean label – in line with current consumer trends.
Coconut Oil, rich in natural antioxidants and particularly vitamin E, offers a protective effect against free radicals that can contribute to ageing – and is the perfect carrier oil for new anti-wrinkle formulations.
Key to its success is not just its hydrating effect on dry, parched skin, but a combination of natural effects that makes skin truly glow. Coconut Oil features a sweet scent and with an abundance of fatty acids, the oil is quickly absorbed, making skin feel softer to the touch without a greasy after-feel.
Research also tells us that Coconut Oil can mimic sebum. The microscopic sebaceous glands in our skin assist in waterproofing skin, act as a natural lubricator, and can also impact on collagen production, which drops off after the age of 30.
Collagen is truly a wonder ingredient for the skin. As a protein, it forms the building blocks that connect tissue and assist in skin suppleness and resilience. It also has a positive effect on reducing free radical damage due to its prominent level of antioxidants.
When looking at therapeutic uses, Coconut Oil is a fantastic addition to a wide range of skin-based products, including solutions aimed at sufferers of psoriasis and eczema. The fatty acids in Coconut Oil can have an antiseptic effect, which could help to prevent fungal and bacterial infections in the skin when directly applied. What is more, the lauric acid in Coconut Oil can naturally fight the bacteria that causes acne!
How Kerfoot can help
Anti-wrinkle and therapeutic formulations form the backbone of many brand owners’ new product development objectives as locking in moisture will make the skin appear well-hydrated, plump, and moist.
At Kerfoot, we believe our natural oils offer the perfect blend of authenticity and performance to support any businesses, large or indie. Looking at its myriad benefits the question is simply: Why not add it to your next product formulation?