Collagen is the main structural component in the skin. As we age, the collagen production in the skin is reduced. A wrinkle, very simply, is caused by the reduction of collagen. There are various things you can do to reduce wrinkles.
A. Antioxidants and Herbs
Limit the amount of oxidative damage caused by environmental pollutions and the sun’s ultraviolet rays on our skin; buy and apply a skin care cosmetic with antioxidants. Look out for the following ingredients and apply them with good water-based moisturizer to nourish the skin from the outside in and to prevent oxidative damage.
These products suspected to restore structure and volume to the skin:
Note that while studies are available on the effects of these, most of the results (except for Retinol?) are not conclusive ie. accepted peer reviewed studies.
B. Detoxification to Enhance Skin Cell Health
Excessive toxins will accumulate in our body, some of which are deposited on the skin in the form of pigments, fats, and other pathologies. It is important to rid the body of toxins built up through the years to have healthier looking skin.
Some natural herbs and nutritional factors specific for detoxification include:
C. Invasive Procedures
If you don’t mind doing something more drastic and costly, there are procedures you can do.
There are a variety of natural or synthetic agents such as alpha-hydroxy fruit acids that can be used for chemical peels. This involves applying these agents to “peel” off skin. This can be a “lunch time” treatment to a hospital procedure.
When BoTox is injected into a muscle, it causes temporary (months) paralysis of that muscle. This reduces the hyperactive facial muscle around the eyes and lower forehead may give a person an angry, tired, or displeased appearance.
Interstitial filling of collagen, silicon, or hyaluronic acid by injection into the skin. Expensive and have unknown long term effects.
D. Lifestyle changes
The easiest and cheapest way might be to effect some lifestyle adjustments.