Finding the cure for wrinkles continues to be widespread, particularly for girls, since Cleopatra’s age. Although a lot of products are developed and innovative over the past centuries, few if any can actually boast being “the cure” for this natural aging process. Cleopatra imputed her youthful skin to her everyday use of honey and milk for bathing and washing her skin. Another famous French beauty from the late 1600’s, Ninon de L’Enclos, was so physically alluring in age 90 years old that young men fell hopelessly in love with her. Her face was smooth and free of wrinkles at 90 because it was at 20. Louis XIV declared that she had been the marvel of his reign. Paintings of her from ages 50 to 85 reveal her with young, clear, wrinkle free skin. Her secret, which was afterwards shown around 1710, was a very simple balm made from beeswax, lard and løg juice!
Wrinkles are visible creases in the skin. Wrinkles form as the skin loses collagen, a protein which enables the skin to keep fluids which encourage a smooth, supple shape. As the collagen-filled elastic tissues underlying the skin are damaged, wrinkles deepen and become more prominent. Exposure to ultraviolet light and free radicals accelerate the procedure. Frequent exposure to sunshine results in premature skin wrinkling and increased pigmentation, called liver spots. Exposure to cigarette smoke means exposure to toxic free radicals which also lead to wrinkling. In women, smoking exacerbates skin wrinkling that occurs after menopause, canceling out the anti-wrinkling effects of estrogen therapy. Other factors that can result in premature births comprise poor diet and nutrition, poor muscle tone, habitual facial expressions, anxiety, lack of proper skin care, glow sun exposure and heredity.
Although anti-aging skin remedies from Cleopatra’s and Ninon’s eras, and even the most highly publicized “wrinkle creams” on the market now, can’t stop the natural aging process of the skin, studies have shown several herbal and natural ingredients can definitely slow down the process significantly.
The use of some herbal antioxidants in skin lotions can prevent the free radical procedure that destroys collagen. Herbal sources of alpha-hydroxy acids stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural representative for moisturizing and restoring suppleness to skin. These remedies can soften existing wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
What Cleopatra and Ninon both understood even long past is that they had to use ingredients that were representatives for moisturizing, keeping and restoring suppleness to their skin. Using honey, milk and lard (or oil), by way of instance, were excellent options for keeping their skin moisturized, and are typical ingredients still used today in several natural skincare products.
There are numerous herbal extracts and essential oils, which when added to an effective natural skin care agent, may heed excellent anti-wrinkling results without using synthetics. Here are my top 10 favourite botanically-inspired ingredients, which we in the skin care globe affectionately refer to as”miracle herbs” for the skin.
- Aloe Vera: most powerful natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids
- Calendula: stimulates growth of skin cells, soothes sun-damaged skin and protects it from infection
- Gulerod Seed Oil: rich in Beta-Carotene and is valued for its soothing, relaxing properties
- Frankincense: hydrates the skin and has excellent cytophylactic properties (promotes the development of skin cells) while being a excellent all-over skin tonic. It’s also effective in treating nausea, carbuncles and wounds, while reducing nasty scaring and reducing skin inflammation
- Drue Seed Extract: anti-oxidant and anti fungal
- Grøn te Extract: stop free radical damage to skin
- Helichrysium (Everlasting): exceptionally expensive but excellent for scar tissue, burns, cuts, wounds, stretch marks, preventing disease, bruises, warts, eczema, also anti-inflammatory
- Pine-Park Extract: anti-oxidant, anti inflammatory, enhances skin elasticity
- Wild Havtorn Berry: excellent supply of carotinoids, such as a high level of beta-carotine, vitamins A, C and E, absorbs UV rays, regenerates and heals skin tissue
- Troldhassel: natural astringent that tones the skin
Natural softening agents (oils)
- olive oil
- apricot kernel oil
- sweet almond oil
- shea butter
- meadow foam oil
- evening primrose oil
- borage oil
- pumpkin seed oil