The market is full of cremes, lotions and vitamins promising to get rid of wrinkles. Everybody wants the fountain of youth, and the results need to be instant. Paying for exotic skin creams and oils that promise to erase fine lines and prevent wrinkles will most probably be a waste of money. Dermatologists are of the opinion that in spite of these creams containing vitamins, very few are actually effective in preventing or reversing skin damage. However, there are some substances that have been researched and identified as having anti-aging properties. These can be taken as supplements to help decelerate the aging process and prevent age-related disease. Some of the common supplements are:
Curcumin is the main active compound in tumeric, and has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Certain proteins are activated by curcumin which help delay cellular deterioration and promotes longevity. Curcumin has been shown to combat damage to cells and increase the lifespan of mice.
This compound has been shown to postpone age-related disease and alleviate age-related symptoms. Tumeric has been used for ages in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat conditions ranging from indigestion to cancer due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is a well-known polyphenol compound concentrated in green tea. It offers great health benefits and has the ability to promote longevity and protect against age related disease development.
EGCG may slow down aging by restoring mitochondrial function in cells and also by inducing autophagy, the process through which the body removes damaged cells. EGCG is present in green tea or concentrated supplements.
Collagen is one of the most common substances that most people are familiar with. It’s commonly promoted as the fountain of youth for its potential to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Collagen is an integral component of your skin and as you age, the amount of collagen produced by the body lessens. As this happens, the skin starts to sag and dry skin and wrinkles start to appear. There are many collagen supplements in the form of powders and capsules in the market. You can also add foods like bone broth, shellfish and egg whites to your diet. Products like SilcSkin’s medical grade silicone pads also help to increase the amount of collagen when placed on the skin for an extended length of time.
Vitamin E – a group of about eight compounds — has long been considered to be the most important antioxidant because of the protection it gives to cell membranes. Vitamin E can benefit the skin by assisting in various kinds of cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for burns and scars.
So when you formulate your anti-wrinkle routine, try not to get carried away with exotic cremes and lotions and pay more attention to supplements that are proven to make a difference.