As most people know only too well, wrinkles on the face are lines that develop as one ages. They are usually due a combination of many factors, which can include common facial movements that are repeated for years, dryness, smoking, overuse of astringents, overzealous scrubbing of the face, and, most importantly, unprotected overexposure to the sun.
These are the extrinsic aging factors-changes we bring on ourselves due to our lifestyle choices. Deep wrinkles are most often caused by excessive chronic sun exposure. Deep wrinkles around the lips also develop with long-term smoking.
Intrinsic aging is a function of genetic inheritance and advancing age. As we get older, our skin loses its small blood vessels, reducing the blood supply that nourishes it. Meanwhile, oil and sweat glands produce less sebum and perspiration. Some hair follicles shrink, leaving us with less hair. With time, skin gets thinner and loses some of the supporting collagen that had made it firm, plump, and able to hold moisture. Oxidative (free radical) damage causes the formation of insoluble collagen, which is inelastic and unable to absorb water well, and does not plump up. With the loss of moisture, lines and wrinkles form. We do not usually find these changes cosmetically pleasing.
Fortunately, there are many conventional and alternative ways to prevent and treat wrinkling of the skin.
The following oral supplements are recommended to protect against harmful oxidation and to slow the wrinkling process:
A high-potency multivitamin and mineral complex. Take this daily.
Beta-carotene complex. Take 50,000 international units a day.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Take 500 to 1,000 milligrams three times a day
Vitamin E. Take 400 to 800 international units a day Selenium. Take 100 to 200 micrograms a day. Consuming foods and supplements rich in vitamins A, C, and E is important, but topical application of creams containing forms of these vitamins, plus the natural hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) can be much more effective. For example, using a 10-percent topical vitamin-C product allows you to get approximately thirty times the level of vitamin C to the top layer of wrinkled skin as compared with ingesting megadoses of vitamin C. The following topical antioxidant vitamin and supplement creams are excellent for the treatment and prevention of wrinkles:
Ten-percent vitamin-C lotion. Apply this daily. Be careful, as not all preparations of topical vitamin C are effective; the vitamin C must be converted to the L-ascorbic acid form of the vitamin. Cellex-C and C Scape Serum are two products that have been shown to produce a marked decrease in the appearance of wrinkles with regular use.
Five-percent vitamin-E cream. Apply this daily
Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) cream. Apply this daily. Studies have shown that this antioxidant can decrease the depth of facial wrinkles noticeably after just one month of daily use.
DHEA cream. Apply this daily.
Herbs for wrinkles
Most natural antiwrinkle creams work either as antioxidants that mop up damaging free radicals or as emollients that moisturize and soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Topical preparations made from fruit acids, or alpha-hydroxy acids, have been successfully used to fight fine wrinkling. Glycolic acid is one commonly used fruit acid. You can also go directly to the source, using the inside of a lemon, lime, papaya peel, or pineapple peel to gently smooth over your skin in the evening before going to bed. These fruits naturally contain alpha-hydroxy acids that slough off dead skin cells, revealing fresh new skin cells underneath.
Herbs such as calendula, fennel, horsetail, and licorice are added to skin- care preparations, as they stimulate the skin cells and make the skin appear younger.
Carrot, horse chestnut, and rosemary are antioxidants that can be added to topical preparations to help reverse fine wrinkling.
Cocoa butter is a major emollient used in antiwrinkle skin lotions and cosmetics, especially for dry, wrinkled skin around the eyes, the corners of the mouth, and the neck.
Coconut, almond, avocado, and olive oil are other emollients that can help reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Many cosmetics contain combinations of vitamins and herbal products. Provitamin B5, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, glycolic acid, alphahydroxy acid, beta-hydroxy acid, and papaya are now being included in all kinds of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, sunscreens, and cosmetics produced by many different manufacturers.
Source by Charles Silverman N.D.