Ageing is a fact of life. But like many other things, we’re learning how to ‘hack’, and have greater control on how our bodies act and respond - and that includes beauty and ageing. (yippee)
Say hello to Pycnogenol (pronounced pik-nojen-ol).
When we heard this little known supplement has been hailed as a “super antioxidant for skin, one of the best out there” - we got excited.
Pycnogenol is another name for the extract of French maritime pine tree, and has been shown to modulate five major mechanisms of aging.
Not only has it been shown to prevent fine lines according to dermatologists, it also scored pretty well in the laboratory, showing significant improvements in skin elasticity. The extract itself is full of antioxidants, collagen, and elastin. Researchers also found that pycnogenol can increase production of hyaluronic acid and collagen, both of which are key ingredient in many popular anti-aging products.
Carl Thornfeldt, MD, a New York–based dermatologist, has talked about the invisible trigger and in fact the main culprit behind our aging problems: pollutants.
And pycnogenol is a key ingredient that has been determined to act as a powerful guardian against those nasty, daily skin pollutants.
While pycnogenol is a great supplement to reverse signs of aging after wrinkles are already present, it's also said to be an excellent preventative measure to help prevent lines from forming in the first place, by fighting off air toxins and plumping the skin from the inside out.
This is one supplement I’ll definitely be trying - will you?