Can Herbs Help Deep Wrinkles?

by Stuart Biggs ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but environmental and lifestyle factors play a key role too. UV rays from the sun are one of the main causes of wrinkling along with habitual or repeated facial expressions, note Westside Aesthetics website. Whatever the cause, a number of herbal options can help treat your deep wrinkles.

Olive Oil

After steaming your face for five to 15 minutes, apply the olive oil and massage in. The monounsaturated fat component is believed to help reduce wrinkles. This is a fatty acid present in the skin and helps protect against damage caused oxidation. It is also high in antioxidants like vitamin E, which can protect skin from free radical damage.

Rose Oil

Rose oil is well-known as an effective wrinkles treatment and it can be found in extract form in many anti-aging products. Rose oil can be massaged into the skin and left on without any concerns. It has hundreds of different chemical compounds that have both antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Complementing this, rose oil also hydrates the skin, keeps it taut with its astringent effects and is also thought to increase collagen production.

Grape Seed Extract

GrannyMed is quick to point out that there is no direct evidence that grape seed extract can improve wrinkles, but similar 2012 research on Pub Med shows its benefits to healing the skin increase speculation. Take grape seed capsules daily or massage grape seed extract cream into your wrinkles once or twice a day. It can stabilize collagen levels and also remove dead skin cells, two vital components for healthy skin. It also has beneficial antioxidant effects.

Limitations

Applying herbal remedies to the skin can cause irritation or allergic reaction so it is best to consult your doctor first. The CNN Health website notes in regard to alternative medicines, that skin care products found in health stores or drugstores are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), therefore their claims don't have to be proved. CNN Health also notes that it is highly unlikely unregulated treatments make a difference with wrinkles.

Alternatives

To effectively reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles you can use non-invasive clinical treatments like Botox injections. Westside Aesthetics' website, which is home to online information from a Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, notes that Botox is ideal for wrinkles caused by facial expressions such as forehead and frown lines, or crows feet wrinkles. Botox is a toxin that is injected into the muscles at the wrinkled site. The toxin then temporarily paralyzes the muscle, relaxes it and smooths the skin.

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About the Author

Stuart Biggs began writing in 2010 and specializes in health, beauty and lifestyle articles for various websites. Biggs graduated from Bournemouth University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in scriptwriting for film and TV.