This Surprising Skincare Ingredient Can Help Reduce Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Saggy Skin

We usually only think about pepper when we want to add a little flavor to our food alongside salt. But it turns out, using the spice in our skincare routine could also help get rid of some of the beauty bothers that come with aging. More specifically, products with mountain pepper berry have been shown to nix things like fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin.

Also known as Tasmanian native pepper, the spice is grown in Tasmania and the southeast region of Australia. Indigenous cultures have used it for generations as a food flavoring and in traditional medicines. The latter is thanks to the ample amount of antioxidants found in each little pepper berry. Studies have found they contain four times as much as blueberries, which are usually considered the holy grail of antioxidant-rich superfoods.

Researchers explain that mountain pepper berry is especially high in terpenes, phenolic compounds, and anthrocyanins — all of which ward off free radicals and prevent damage to our cells. You can get your hands on the whole spice (Buy from La Boite, $24.99) and grind it onto your meals, plus look for beauty companies that have found ways to extract those antioxidants into topical products to give our skin a boost.

Biologi recently began using mountain pepper berry in their Regenerate Anti-Aging Serum (Buy from Biologi, $21.82). The company claims the oil helps reduce fine line and wrinkles, increases hydration, and improves skin elasticity. According to reviews, it’s also a dry oil that won’t leave behind a lot of greasy residue. One happy customer raves, “The beautiful serum applies like a dream and I could literally feel my skin absorbing the nourishment. This is a permanent staple in my nighttime routine.” 

You can also find mountain pepper berry included among other helpful ingredients, like the Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA serum (Buy from Ulta, $6.80). The lactic and hyaluronic acid act as a gentle exfoliants for a smoother skin texture, while the pepper berry provides its anti-aging antioxidant perks.

Whether or not you go with one of these products, it’s clearly a good idea to keep an eye out for mountain pepper berry products to add to your beauty routine!

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