Face it! There’s no magic bullet to reverse wrinkles. Over the years, our skin has undergone a lot of stress, from toxins in the environment to sun damage to the stress of life itself, and then there is the genetic factor. There are ways to contain the scourge of wrinkles.
Here are five substances that can help you stop wrinkles:
#1 Aloe Vera Gel
The gel from the aloe plant has over 200 healing phytonutrients. What’s a phytonutrient? They are compounds natural occurring in plants that have been scientifically prove to provide benefits. Ingesting the aloe gel is good for skin from the inside out, so add it to fruit juice or a smoothie. Four ounces is the recommended maximum amount to receive the full benefits. When buying the juice, however, makes sure it doesn’t contain any added sugars or other chemical preservatives. The malic acid in the plan helps wrinkles, too, so you can apply the fresh gel onto your skin. Cut an aloe vera leaf from the plant and extract the gel, apply, then leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
#2 Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)
Derived from a variety of natural ingredients, including citric acid from oranges and lemons, glycolic acid from sugarcane, lactic acid from milk, malic acid from apples, pyruvic acid from papayas, and tartaric acid from grapes, they are a natural way to exfoliate dead skin layers. Basically a skin smoother, they also supposedly stimulate the production of skin-supporting collagen and elastin. This doesn’t happen overnight, however. It could take six months to see a visible different in fine lines.
You may be familiar with retinoid from over the counter retinol and the prescription Retin-A, both used to get rid of acne, but now retinol has also come to the rescue with its anti-aging properties. Retinoids, like AHAs, exfoliate skin. Retinol and Retin-A, both retinoid, are derived from compounds of the Vitamin A family. Retin-A is in prescription form and has shown effectiveness in reducing fine lines and smoothing skin texture. Retinol-infused, over-the-counter formulations may take longer to get results. However, they are less irritating to the skin than the prescription-only formulas.
#4 Vitamin C
The nutrients in Vitamin C help form collagen and elastin, which are essential to keeping the skin looking full and young. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant to protect skin from the harsh effects of the environment, which includes toxins in the air, such as pollution. Researchers have found that vitamin C is not only is a building block, but they have found that it boosts the body into producing more collagen and elastin. Popping a vitamin C won’t help your skin, however. It has to be applied directly on the face. Experts say look for a serum that contains at least 10 percent Vitamin C for it to be effective.
#5 Tea and Grapeseed Extracts
Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You’ll find green tea extracts most likely listed on wrinkle cream ingredients. Grapeseed has the same antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but also promotes wound healing, which experts say helps repair wrinkles.
Now that you’ve learned how to stop wrinkles, keep reading 4 All Natural Ingredients for Gorgeous Skin
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