7 Most Effective Wrinkle Prevention Techniques : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Looking for ways to prevent wrinkles?
Try a combination of dietary and topical solutions.

UV rays and cigarette smoke are two of the biggest offenders when it comes to encouraging the formation of wrinkles. But if you’re concerned with looking as young as possible, it’s likely you’ve already ditched the cigarettes and regularly use sunscreen.

What else can you do to prevent wrinkles? We scouted around and found seven techniques supported by research you may want to try.

1. Eat Berries & Veggies
It makes sense that eating a healthy diet would help prevent aging of the skin as well as the body, but research shows that certain foods may have specific wrinkle-preventing capabilities. Antioxidants found in berries, for example, were found to markedly prevent collagen destruction and inflammatory response in both animal and human skin following exposure to UV-B rays, the sun’s most damaging rays. The specific antioxidant used was “ellagic acid,” found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and pomegranates.

Another study found that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and unsaturated fats boosts the skin’s natural defenses against sun damage. Researchers found that people who ate wholesome foods but passed on sugary confections were less prone to wrinkling and had smoother skin.

2. Sleep Well
Recent science has shown that lack of sleep results in a myriad of health problems, and can contribute to risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and early death. Dermatologists also say that when you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a stress hormone that breaks down skin cells. On the other hand, getting enough sleep helps your body product more human growth hormone, which helps skin retain its elasticity.

In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you sleep on your back to avoid sleep lines that can become etched into the surface of the skin. Silk sheets may also help reduce sleep-induced wrinkles.

3. Use Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are natural fruit acids that help exfoliate dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and at higher concentrations, even stimulating collagen production. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that treatment with AHAs produced significant reversal of the epidermal and dermal markers of photoaging.

4. Use Retinol
A vitamin A compound, retinol is the first antioxidant to be used widely in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Studies have found that topical retinol, even at lower doses recommended for those with sensitive skin, improves fine-line appearance and skin tone after 12 weeks, with improvements continuing throughout the 36-week study. Participants experienced a 25 percent reduction in wrinkles and up to a 60 percent improvement in fine lines.

5. Try Coenzyme Q10
According to the Mayo Clinic, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) helps regulate energy production in cells, with some studies showing reduction in fine wrinkles around the eyes with no side effects. Other studies show it also protects against sun damage. Scientists in Italy, for example, found that CoQ10 may help deter the growth of skin cancer cells, and applied topically, may also protect the skin from photoaging. German researchers noted a marked reduction in the depth of wrinkles following the application of CoQ10.

New studies also show that “idebenone,” a chemical cousin to CoQ10, is a super-powerful antioxidant that after just 6 weeks of use produced a 26 percent reduction in skin roughness and dryness and a 29 percent reduction in wrinkles.

6. Tea, Anyone?
All types of tea contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. Recent research shows that tea extracts may be very helpful in protecting skin from aging. Scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University showed that ingredients in white tea are effective in boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of the sun. Researchers suggested that the results indicate the extract may also provide anti-aging benefits. Another report showed that substances in green tea may be linked to skin-cell rejuvenation.

7. Topical Vitamin C

Studies have found that topical vitamin C can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Clinical trials found that vitamin c promoted collagen formation and reduced the damaging effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm skin. Though it’s important to get enough vitamin C in your diet, oral doses are usually not very effective at increasing skin concentrations because absorption is limited by the digestion processes. Topical application produces higher concentration in the skin, helping to maintain a youthful complexion.

What are your favorite wrinkle-prevention techniques? Please share.

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Photo courtesy Valentijn Tempels via Flickr.com.


“Revisiting Retinol,” Chicago Tribune, February 28, 2010. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-02-28/features/sc-fash-0222-retinol-20100228_1_retinol-retinoic-acid-fine-lines.

Mayo Clinic Staff, “Wrinkle Creams: Your Guide to Younger Looking Skin,” October 12, 2012, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wrinkle-creams/SN00010/.

Russell Martin, “CoQ10’s New Benefits,” Life Extension Magazine, August 2006. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/aug2006_report_coq10_01.htm.

University Hospitals Of Cleveland (2003, January 30). New Study Shows Tea Extract Protects Skin; White Tea Extract Reveals Anti-cancer, Anti-aging Properties. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 1, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2003/01/030130081227.htm.

John Pickrell, “Tea Boosts Immunity and Helps Skin, Study Finds,” National Geographic News, April 29, 2003. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0429_030429_teaimmunity.html.

Colette Bouchez, “23 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles,” WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/23-ways-to-reduce-wrinkles.

Gary Goldfaden, “Revitalize Aging Skin with Topical Vitamin C,” Life Extension Magazine, May 2009, http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/may2009_Revitalizing-Aging-Skin-with-Topical-Vitamin-C_01.htm.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Hello says:

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  2. Jeana says:

    Drinking lots of distilled water is also very good for skin.

  3. how can we make our DIY homemade topical skincare?

  4. Will says:

    you did not mention tulsi or tumeric, the most potent skin care and age reversing herbs on the planet. They not only take the wrinkles away, they heal the skin cancers. (I know that your big brother won’t let you say that);-}

  5. zyxomma says:

    These are all good suggestions, but since no one else brought it up, let me mention spending 15 minutes of every 24 hours on a slant board, with the feet 14-18″ higher than the head, and the entire body on a slant (like the sit-up boards in the gym).

    Dr. Jensen, of blessed memory, called it aging in reverse, and it is.

  6. Osheena says:

    I am 62, and as I have been drinking all my filtered water with some Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, I enjoy the taste and my skin all becomes more supple. I found this confirmed in a computer resource called “the Beauty of Food”.

  7. Sandi Neal says:

    Where do you find a slant board?

  8. Nicole-australia says:

    Stress Less! Eat Well! & if you cant eat it dont put it on your skin!

  9. HawaiiAna says:

    Topical vitamin C? Can you elaborate? Thanks.

  10. joe says:

    alkalise and detoxify heavy metals couse wrinkles and yeast overgrowt.

  11. David says:

    Thanks for comment, remaided me to use my slant board, to help ease low back pain, 40 yrs. ago the ‘Drs.’ told me to stop all physical moves, get a job sitting down, I told them I had a sitting down job, didn’t like it was used to working outside physically, he nodded his head, and told me I will become paralize. My natural cures friend told me about a slant board by Dr. Jensen, along with special back extercies got better, and walking to this day.

  12. David says:

    Sandi, Hola, Jensen does not make sland boards anymore he has passed away. I built mine with wood, wore it out, bought another sland board from a place that carries extercise equip. mine only cost $50 bucks, it’s agjustable. Good luck and have a good day.

  13. Patrice says:

    Try using your fresh urine, it is full of moisture and vitamins.

    Also keeping loving and positive thoughts.

  14. Mirabelle says:

    Any recommendations for a face lotion or serum with a natural source of retinol present in a high enough concentration?

    I have had visible results with facial exercises (Flex Effect; & Facercise) & visible results with Annmarie’s anti aging serum & oil. Her products worked much better for me than dr. Hauschka, Jurlique, MyChelle & others. Exfoliating with a dry facial mitt has also improved my skin. I’m eager to try a slant board, inversion table, or hanging upside down from a yoga sling.

  15. Beverly says:

    Iuse stem cell nutrition they have different products that work really great, and a serum I use on my face, like it very much.

  16. Em says:

    Urine?????? On your face???? I am not ready for that. hahaha 🙂

  17. Cathy says:

    Where do u purchase the AHA’s, retinol, and topical vitamin C? Please?

  18. anon says:

    Sunscreen! UVA is the main cause of photoaging.

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