Naturally Prevent Wrinkles
4 Common Causes of Wrinkles
8 Ways to Naturally Reduce Wrinkles
3 Types of Thing You Consume That Cause Wrinkles
Common Causes of Wrinkles:
• Age. As you get older, your skin naturally becomes less elastic and more fragile. Decreased production of natural oils dries your skin and makes it appear more wrinkled. Fat in the deeper layers of your skin diminishes. This causes loose, saggy skin and more-pronounced lines and crevices.
• Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Ultraviolet radiation, which speeds the natural aging process, is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin's connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibers, which lie in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). Without the supportive connective tissue, your skin loses strength and flexibility. Skin then begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.
• Smoking. Smoking can accelerate the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. This may be due to changes in the blood supply to your skin.
• Repeated facial expressions. Facial movements and expressions, such as squinting or smiling, lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Each time you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. As skin ages, it loses its flexibility and is no longer able to spring back in place. These grooves then become permanent features on your face.
9 Ways to Naturally Reduce Wrinkles:
1) Stop Smoking
2) Aloe Vera Gel
3) Red Ginseng Extract
4) Pine Bark Extract
5) Dietary Fat and Vegetables
6) Proper Nutrition
7) Drink Water
1. Stop Smoking
In a 2010 study a team of dermatologists, psychologists, and nutritionists followed 64 Italian women who smoked. At the beginning of the study each woman received a score based on the condition of her skin. The researchers took into account the presence of lines, vascular and pigmentation signs, elasticity, brightness and texture.
Initial scores found that on average the smokers had a biological age that was 9 years older than their actual age.
The women then participated in a smoking cessation program. After 9 months of not smoking they were scored again. The average reduction in their biological age was an amazing 13 years.[i]
Trying to quit? Read: Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways to Quit Smoking.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe is an established topical remedy for skin. But a 2009 study found taking aloe orally reduces facial wrinkles.
In the study, 30 healthy women over the age of 45 took aloe vera gel as a supplement. One group took a low dose (1,200 mg/day) and a second group took a high-dose (3,600 mg/day). [ii]
The researchers measured signs of skin aging at the beginning and end of the study. After just 90 days, the researchers found that facial wrinkles improved significantly in both groups. But in the lower dose group facial elasticity also improved.
How does it work? The researchers found that the aloe increased collagen production leading to better structural support of the skin and fewer wrinkles.
They also found aloe decreased gene activity that causes collagen to become damaged in the first place.
Aloe gel contains over 200 healing phytonutrients. If you have access to an aloe plant you can get the gel from the leaves. Just make sure to drain the red "latex." It can cause diarrhea.
Add the gel to fruit juice or your favorite smoothie. When buying aloe vera juice make sure you avoid products with added sugars or preservatives. It should be at least 85% aloe vera juice.
3. Red Ginseng Extract
Red ginseng contains many bioactive compounds including antioxidants, immune boosters, and anti-aging agents.
In Korea, 82 healthy women volunteers over 40 years of age participated in a double-blind, placebo controlled study. Every day the women received either a placebo or 3 grams of an herbal mixture containing red ginseng extract. The researchers measured facial wrinkles, skin elasticity, water content, erythema (red patches), and pigmentation before and after the trial. Facial skin samples were taken before and after treatment, and wrinkle-related biochemical markers were also measured.
At the end of 6 months, the researchers found facial wrinkles were significantly improved in the women taking the red ginseng extract. In addition, several biochemical markers of wrinkle damage also improved.[iii]
How does it work? The researchers found that the red ginseng increased collagen synthesis in the dermis. They called red ginseng an effective "beauty food."
Red ginseng is a form of unpeeled and steamed Panax ginseng (also known as Asian or Korean ginseng). It is said to have "heating" properties that improve circulation. Don't confuse it with American or Siberian ginseng.
4. Pine Bark Extract
A 2012 study involving 112 women found pine bark extract is safe and effective in significantly improving skin color and reducing pigmentation of age spots due to mild to moderate photoaging.[iv]
Japanese researchers divided the women into two groups. One group received 100 mg of pine bark extract every day while the other group received only 40 mg. After 12 weeks both groups had a significant decrease in signs of photoaging.
In the study, women took the standardized pine bark extract marketed as Pycnogenol®. The researchers found the Pycnogenol significantly improved hydration and elasticity of the women's skin. It also significantly increased the activity of an enzyme that's critically involved in the synthesis of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid increases skin moisture and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles.
The Pycnogenol also affected genes involved in the creation of new collagen.
The researchers believe that supplementing with Pycnogenol may help counteract the clinical signs of skin aging. Supplements are available in health food stores and online.
But pine bark extract doesn't just help your skin. The supplements support heart and arterial health as well as brain function. They've also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and arthritis.
5. Dietary Fat and Vegetables
What you eat can have a big impact on wrinkles.
In one Japanese study of 716 women, researchers measured skin hydration, surface oil, and elasticity. They also measured facial wrinkles in the crow's feet area around the eyes.
The women also reported on their usual diet habits. The researchers found that women who ate more total fat, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fats had significantly better skin elasticity.
Women who ate more green and yellow vegetables also had significantly fewer wrinkles.[v]
Don't forget there are good fats and bad fats. Avoid vegetable oils. They can make skin worse. Good dietary sources of fats include:
grass-fed meat and dairy products like butter and yogurt
wild caught salmon
pastured poultry and eggs
Green and yellow vegetables are rich in antioxidants and beta carotene which promote clear skin. Healthy choices include:
kale, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, collards, mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula.
Yellow bell peppers, winter squash, zucchini, and tomatoes.
6. PROPER NUTRITION
Proper nutrition can help delay the onset of premature aging and slow the natural process. Certain ingredients used in anti-aging products, in spite of manufacturer’s claims, aren’t absorbed topically, so eat these foods to help the production of collagen and elastin and deliver skin-loving nutrients to your skin.
7. DRINK WATER
Dehydration can make the skin look drier, dull and therefore older. Drink more water to flush out toxins from the body, keep the body hydrated and deliver nutrients to the cells. This helps organs function properly, leading to plumper skin cells and firmer, clearer skin.
Some suggest drinking filtered or distilled water to avoid chemicals that might be present in tap water. You can make water more appealing by adding slices of fruit or a few drops of pure fruit juice. Water with lemon first thing in the morning, helps the body’s natural detoxification process.
During sleep the body secretes human growth hormone (HGH), which maintains the healthy growth of body tissues, including the skin. As we get older HGH production slows down and wrinkles start to develop. Lack of sleep will trigger cortisol, the stress hormone that will reduce normal tissue growth and maintenance. The skin will become drier and susceptible to infection, sun exposure and other elements and toxic environmental factors that lead to wrinkles.
3 Types of Thing You Consume That Cause Wrinkles
1) High Sugar Content
People who regularly include foods with a high sugar content in their diet are at risk for skin that is duller, and more wrinkled, than those who restrict those types of food, according to MSNBC.com. This occurs due to glycation, a body process that involves the combination of sugar traveling in the bloodstream and certain proteins. This combination produces a molecule that damages collagen and elastin, the two fibers primarily responsible for keeping skin firm and elastic. After the fibers are damaged, they become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Glycation can also transform collagen that is more resistant to wrinkles, type III, to type I collagen, which is more vulnerable to damage. To prevent wrinkles from high-sugar foods, a person should restrict sugar to no more than 10 percent of her daily calories.
2) Processed Foods
Processed foods, such as the packaged products in a grocery store, are usually stripped of nutrients, such as antioxidants, according to the Reader's Digest. Antioxidants protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals, molecules formed when the body processes food, which can damage collagen and cause wrinkles. Restricting processed food in favor of fresh, antioxidant-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can counter free radical damage.
Excessive alcohol consumption can cause wrinkles by creating inflammation of the skin. When the liver metabolizes alcohol, it creates the toxic chemicals aldehydes and ketones, which damage cells and inflame the skin. Consistent inflammation on the cellular level may cause wrinkles, according to MedicineNet. A person should also cease drinking alcohol at least three hours before going to bed. Alcohol increases the possibility of capillary leaks, which cause the skin to sag and bloat, indicates the University of Maryland Medical Center. Lying down too soon after drinking raises even higher the risk for these leaks.