It’s natural for wrinkles to appear as we age, especially on areas that are commonly exposed to the harsh rays of the sun, such as our forearms, hands, neck, and face.
For most people, wrinkles start to appear between 40 to 50 years old when the skin starts to lose moisture and thickness. There are various factors that contribute to wrinkles. Our genes play a significant role, but the number one cause, especially for fair-skinned people, is sun exposure. Other factors include smoking and an unhealthy diet [R].
Here are seven science-based natural cures for reducing the appearance of wrinkles:
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a succulent plant known for its healing properties. In 2008, a study suggested that a 90-day supplementation of aloe vera effectively reduced wrinkles [R].
Another study even found that topical application of aloe gel effectively reduced wrinkles and increased collagen and moisture [R].
Speak to your physician before starting on aloe vera supplementation.
2. Burdock Root
Scientifically known as Arctium lappa, burdock is a Eurasian plant that has been cultivated for many years as a vegetable. Chinese medicine traditionally uses most parts of this plant, including the seeds, roots, and leaves [R].
In a month-long trial with 75 subjects, a twice-a-day topical application of 1.2% burdock fruit effectively reduced wrinkles [R].
This reduction in wrinkles was attributed to the arctiin component of burdock that increases collagen production, thereby increasing skin elasticity. It also played a role in the reduction of inflammatory compounds that trigger skin aging [R].
3. Horse chestnut
Before it was cultivated worldwide, horse chestnut trees are commonly found in Greece and the Balkans. A clinical test of 3% horse chestnut gel on 40 women showed a reduction in wrinkles after thrice a day application over the course of 9 weeks compared to the control group [R].
4. Ginkgo biloba
Otherwise known as maidenhair tree, ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest species of trees still existing today. In 2010, a natural anti-wrinkle cosmetic product made from Ginkgo biloba increased skin moisture by 27.88% and smoothness by 4.32%. It also reduced wrinkles by 4.63% and skin roughness by 0.4%. The Ginkgo biloba formula was found to increase skin moisture compared to other herbal formulas [R].
Otherwise known as drumstick tree, moringa is a widely cultivated plant that is rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, and antioxidants. In a study, the topical application of 3% Moringa leaf extract promoted skin rejuvenation and decreased aging. Additionally, it improved the volume, smoothness, and texture of the skin while getting rid of wrinkles, roughness, and scaliness [R].
6. Black tea and red rooibos
In a month-long clinical trial, the topical application of both black tea and red rooibos resulted in a 10% reduction in wrinkles [R].
Yarrow is a plant with small white flowers and feather-shaped leaves. It’s scientifically known as Achillea millefolium. Two clinical trials involving 83 women showed that a twice-a-day topical application of 2% yarrow extract significantly improved skin appearance by promoting skin rejuvenation and reducing pores and wrinkles [R].
We strongly advise you to have regular check-ups with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least once every six months if you decide to take any oral herbal medicine or supplements mentioned in the list for long-term.
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