Aging is a natural process that affects the systems and organs of the body. The skin is the largest of these organ and the most visible. According to the Mayo Clinic, with aging the skin thins, loses its elasticity and becomes drier, more fragile and more wrinkled. More than 90 million men and women in America have used antiaging products at some time, according to BabyBoomCareTaker.com. Traditional Chinese medicine offers many herbal remedies that are purported to fight against skin aging. These include Chinese ginseng, teas and aloe vera. Complementary and alternative healing treatments like herbs should never be added to your routine without consulting with a health care provider to ensure there will be no adverse reactions or drug interactions.
Chinese ginseng is used to treat a variety of conditions, including the skin aging signs of wrinkles and lines. This herb is a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight against the aging process by attacking free radicals that damage cells. Antioxidants also reduce the effects of environmental damages caused by ultraviolet rays and other environmental toxins. Chinese ginseng also prevents the loss of water from the skin, which helps to keep the skin hydrated and smooth, according to HealthandBeautyBase.com.
Tea is a popular beverage in Chinese culture. Teas and herbal infusions have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine for their health benefits. Teas such as green tea and white tea and chamomile herbal infusion are used to fight the signs of skin aging. Tea and the herb chamomile contain powerful antioxidants that protect, purify and reduce and delay skin lines and wrinkles. They also tighten and moisturize the skin. According to BabyBoomerCaretaker.com, the benefits of tea and the aging process is one of Chinese medicine's best kept secrets.
Aloe vera has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of conditions. It’s known for its effects in wound healing and in treating a variety of skin conditions, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Aloe vera moisturizes, tightens and stimulates the production of new skin cells, which helps to reduce wrinkles and lines. Aloe vera is an additive in many cosmetic products, including lotions, skin-blocks and other skin products.
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Norma Chew is a retired registered nurse who has been a freelance writer since 1978. Chew's articles have appeared in the "Journal of the Association of Operating Room Nurses" (AORN), "Point of View Magazine" and "Today's OR Nurse." Chew has a master's degree in health care administration from Nova Southeastern University.