Anti-Aging for Your Sensitive Skin

By Linda Miles, LAc, DOM

Well, good news is finally here! After years of formulating natural skincare products, I have discovered a remarkable natural ingredient that can restore skin’s healthy, youthful vibrancy with revolutionary gentleness.


You may already be familiar with popular soothing botanical ingredients such as aloe, chamomile, cucumber, calendula, and jojoba—all excellent for calming sensitive skin. But if you’re looking for a comforting ingredient that also delivers multiple anti-aging benefits, the perfect solution comes from the bark of maritime pine trees in France; it’s called pycnogenol (pik-NAH-ja-nol). Although the name of this ingredient may be tough to pronounce, it is anything but tough when caring for sensitive skin. It is one of the most soothing anti-aging ingredients available. Even Dr. Oz has touted pycnogenol for promoting younger-looking skin.

Now, you’re probably asking yourself: “What makes pycnogenol so special?” Many experts put pycnogenol in a class all by itself. It contains an amazing combination of more than 40 antioxidants, and it’s one of the most powerful yet gentle natural compounds ever discovered.

Antioxidant, Anti-Aging Power

Pycnogenol has been shown to be 20 times more effective than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing the harmful free radicals that damage the skin. Pycnogenol can actually enhance the benefits of vitamin C and extend the life of vitamin E. By providing multiple antioxidant functions, pycnogenol helps fight environmental damage and reduce visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Puffiness, Swelling, and Redness

In addition to being an anti-aging powerhouse, pycnogenol has the ability to calm, comfort, and reduce redness—a winning combination for sensitive skin. It works by protecting and stabilizing the capillary system, binding to collagen fibers that line capillary walls. This action helps build skin’s resistance to irritation, improve microcirculation, and reduce puffiness associated with leaky capillaries. Studies have shown that topical application of pycnogenol significantly reduces swelling and redness caused by UV exposure and chemical irritants.

See The Difference

Although pycnogenol is available as a supplement, using it topically is the quickest way to promote optimum skin health. The raw pycnogenol ingredient is a light rust brown color; this gives pycnogenol creams, gels, and lotions their characteristic beige hue. If a skin care formula claims to contain pycnogenol but does not reflect this rust brown color, it probably does not contain enough pycnogenol to be therapeutic.

Using pycnogenol products daily can help rejuvenate sensitive skin and slow down skin’s aging process. No matter how sensitive your skin is, you can now feel at ease knowing that you, too, can enjoy the look of younger, healthier, more vibrant skin.


In celebration of derma e’s 30th anniversary, Dr. Linda Miles, cofounder and chief formulator for derma e, is hosting this column for the year. The column will address natural skincare solutions, natural skincare ingredients, and skincare issues. To learn more, visit