On March 26, 2014, Manalapan health Examiner Stacey Chillemi researched a variety of alternative methods, vitamins and herbal supplements that have been used for centuries to prevent or reduce wrinkles. Many of these time-honored remedies are showing promising results. Here is a rundown of some of the most popular natural remedies for preventing and reducing wrinkles.
Vitamins and supplements that reduce and prevent wrinkles
- Vitamin A Acid (tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova): Vitamin A acid is a great way to slow the age process. It has been proven and effective to help various signs of aging, such as mottled pigmentation, roughness, and wrinkling.
- Vitamin A: Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps fight negative effects of cell oxidation and prevent wrinkles.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C increases collagen production, protects against damage from UVA and UVB rays, corrects pigmentation problems, and improves inflammatory skin conditions. L-ascorbic acid is the most potent form of Vitamin C for wrinkle reduction and prevention.
- Vitamins E: Is a vital antioxidant that promotes collagen formation, lubricates the skin and fights factors of aging.
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA): Also known as, “fruit acids”, Alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic acid) stimulate collagen production and slow down the aging process. These natural fruit acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes.
- Beta-carotene: The carotenoid Beta-carotene zaps aging by acting as an antioxidant reducing oxygen damage caused by UV light, pollutions and other environmental hazards like smoking.
Foods that help fight off wrinkles
- Eat fatty fish: Salmon along with other cold-water fish is a great source of protein and fatty acid omega 3, helping your body maintain young looking skin. Fatty acids nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles.
- Eat soy: Soy improves the skin’s structure and firmness.
- Cocoa: Cocoa containing high levels of two dietary flavonols (epicatechin and catechin) protect the skin from sun damage, improves circulation to skin cells, hydrates, and makes the skin look and feel smoother.
Get Sleep: People who do not get enough of sleep are more prone to wrinkles.
Lifestyle changes to reduce and prevent wrinkles
- Sun protection creams and sprays: SPF 30 or higher should be used when you go outdoors especially in the summer.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking causes wrinkles and age spots.
- Avoid using soap on your face: Tap water strips the skin of its natural oils and moisture that protect against your face against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away the protection on your face that prevents wrinkles. Avoid regular soap on your face and use a facial cleanser instead of soap.