Using Antioxidants to Fight Wrinkles

Wrinkles may look cute on dogs, but on the human face?

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Copyright @ Angeline Oppenheimer

Wrinkles—who wants them? I don’t know about you, but I would rather they take a hike and never show up. Over time, skin loses its elasticity with reduced collagen and elastin production in the dermis of the skin, resulting in wrinkles, crow’s feet and ruts around the mouth. Often, they are viewed negatively and efforts have been made since ancient time to erase these signs of aging—from Cleopatra soaking in milk baths to elaborate plastic surgery today-- the fight against wrinkles goes on. If you’re looking to stall wrinkles and even restore some skin’s elasticity and glow, there are a number of measures—from avoiding sun damage to better nutrition to using topical moisturizers—you can take steps to reduce wrinkles. TV commercials, advertisements, your local beauty stores and cosmetic services are all vying for you to use their products or services, which do you choose? While I’m no beauty expert, I am a great fan of natural products and moisturizers. My hub is going to focus on using antioxidants, nature’s own to fight wrinkles.

Using Nature to fight wrinkles.

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Why antioxidants?

Antioxidants hunt down free radicals in the body, produced when the body breaks down food or when the body is exposed to environmental pollutants such as radiation from the sun and tobacco smoke. Free radicals can cause a number of health problems from cancer to cardiovascular diseases but since we’re on the topic of skin, we will deal on how radiation from the sun can cause cellular damage to the skin, resulting in premature aging, wrinkles, age spots and dry and dull skin. According to American Academy of Dermatology, 90 to 95 percent of the wrinkles are caused by harmful UV rays from the sun. Genetics , lifestyle and health problems can also play a part in hastening wrinkles. Since antioxidants neutralize damaging free radicals, they are often used to prevent cellular damage to the skin. But that’s not just pure induction--the University of Maryland Medical Center states that antioxidants ointment, creams and lotions may reduce the risk of wrinkles and protect against sun damage.

Antioxidants in a bottle, why not? Here they are—fighters recruited from nature to fight the not-so-kind effects of nature:

Vitamin A

Most o f us are familiar with vitamin A but what does it actually do for the body? According to Ohio State University, vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin is essential for vision, growth, development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, mucuous membrane, immune functions and reproduction.

UV rays can deplete the skin of vitamin A and using topical products containing natural forms of vitamin A can replenish that. At this point, it is useful to note that vitamin A can exist in natural forms(retinol, retinaldehyde) or vitamin A-related products called retinoids (such as tretinoin, tazarotene).

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"Dermatologists define wrinkles as lines that are visible even when your face is totally relaxed. For prevention and a slight correction of these etched-in creases, apply sunscreen in the morning and a prescription retinoid (an effective line-smoother) at night.


The first compound to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams, retinol is a natural form of vitamin A. Although it is less potent than vitamin A derivative, tretinoin (another topical application approved by FDA for treating wrinkles), it produces few side effects (redness and irritation). Since retinol break down easily, it is often used in antioxidant creams with vitamin C or E added to stablilize it. Two studies published in scientific journals suggest that topical retinol packs more line-fighting power than originally believed and at lower doses than previously studies.

It is important to note that pregnant women or those who may become pregnant should avoid using vitamin A derivative as oral tretinoin causes birth defects.

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Best Eye Creams

Did you know that the eyes are the first place to show the signs of stress, fatigue and premature aging? And since the skin around our eyes is seven times thinner than the rest of our skin, it is no wonder that this area is the most vulnerable to damage. Crows- feet, dark circles and under eye puffiness are reminders that we are not getting any younger. Luckily there are eye creams on the market to help target our aging eye area.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is almost synonymous with citrus fruits and was once the cure-all for colds and scurvy-inflicted sailors. But don’t dismiss this grand old dame—its antioxidant properties are transcendent of times and it seems, ravages of time.  According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who had small amounts of vitamin C. How so? According to Patricia Farris, MD., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans, vitamin C helps the skin to regenerate, producing collagen, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin E

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the topical application of tocopherol cream, a form of vitamin E decreases skin roughness, the length of facial line and the depth of wrinkles. Side effects may include swollen, reddened or itchy skin.

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Alpha Hydroxy Acid

Sometimes, dead cells can rob the skin of its glow. Dermatologists agree that exfoliation or the removing of the top layer of the skin can allow the regrowth of new skin and restore glow and health. You can exfoliate using simple scrubs, or creams or intensive peeling treatments. Alpha hydoxy acids, occurring naturally in fruit and milk sugar acts as a natural exfoliant. Fruits with alpha hydoxy acids include pumpkin, papaya, pineapple, strawberry and grapes. Many home-made scrubs use these fruits as one of the ingredients to exfoliate.

Mayo clinic warns that because hydroxyl acids can increase sensitivity to sun damage, always use a sunscreen during use and for at least one week afterward.

Wrinkle Cream

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If you're looking for a face-lift in a bottle, you probably won't find it in over-the-counter (nonprescription) wrinkle creams. But they may slightly improve the appearance of your skin, depending on how long you use the product and the amount and type of the active ingredient in the wrinkle cream.


If you read my hub, “How to Include Antioxidants in Your Diet,” you will know that selenium is found in whole grains, vegetables, dairy products and seafood. Animal studies have found that L-selenomethionine, a form of selenium can protect against sun damage and even delayed skin cancer but it is not known if such benefits apply to people. The University of Maryland Medical Center, however, points out that selenium is beneficial for the skin.

There, you have it, some of the more prominent antioxidants used to prevent wrinkles. Of course, there are more out there--tea extracts, Coenzyme Q10, and kinetin, but space constraints. However, your best defense against premature wrinkles is to apply sunscreen (look for moisturizers that have a SPF of at least 15), take care to nourish and moisturize your skin daily and if you smoke, ditch the habit because nicotine can deplete collagen.

Copyright @ Angeline Oppenheimer

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great caring hub

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I use Papaya soap when I was in the Philippines, I cant find it here now, thank you angel for the other information, I love orange too and loves to dance, I dont like to have wrinkles hehe. Maita

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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

anglnwu you find me an antioxidant that will regrow my bald spot and I will be a fan 4ever !! But I am already your fan anyway.And I love papaya so that is a good thing ! Oh by the way Hi Maita !!! :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, voice!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Maita, the orange papaya girl who loves to dance--great combination. I'm with you--I don't like wrinkles too! Thanks for dropping by.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Tony, always nice to hear from you. LOL on your bald thingy--actually there are many sexy bald men, you just have to sell yourself as one. Also, if you check out my other hub, "How to include antioxidants in your diet," you will have yourself a good laugh--the comic strip was exactly how you describe it. You may have found a cure after all--hehe--you know, Tony, you're so sweet, you don't need a sexy head of hair. JK. Thanks!

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AARON99 6 years ago

A very informative hub on using antioxidants to fight with wrinkles, especially the section related to selenium is so much helpful. Keep writing. Enjoy.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Anginwu, I think this is a terrific hub as I love the idea of getting rid of wrinkles! This was great information.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Aaron, appreciate your kind comments. I think I need to add green tea too. Will be checking your hub.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Pam, are you still on cloud 9 after your people's choice award? Well-deserved. Anyway, thanks for your kind comments.

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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Very informative and fun to read. One thing I'd like to add is that getting adequate sleep is also important. Being regularly sleep-deprived can cause our skin to age prematurely as well. And by the way, I love the picture of those two dogs. So wrinkly and yet so cute! :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Om,I agree beauty sleep is another important factor. Thanks for your kind comments. How about the cute wrinkly dogs--totally lovable.

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I love this hub anglnwu!

We are all so vain and we do not like to see wrinkles especially on our face. So this is really most helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Jill, agreed--we're so vain and proud of it. After all, it's a glorious womanly trait. Thanks for your kind comments and see you around.

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

After what tony0724 said, I just thought I'd ask you if you got anything for grey hair? I keep telling my hair that it's not time for them to go grey yet they are not listening. :(

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Wandererh, for you, I'll research and write an article on that--natural cures, no chemicals, right? Actually, I wrote one that I sold but I can't duplicate the article here, so I'm going to research it more and do this thing for you! Thanks for dropping by and always, a pleasure to see you.

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

Wow, my own personal researcher! I will remember you every time someone calls me brother instead of uncle. :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Well said, how about "little brother"? That would be even better.

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

It would probably take a little more than jet black hair for that to happen but one can hope. :)

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Good information; thanks for this article.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Coolmon (sounds like cool mom, bet you're one).

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

I linked this to my Anti Aging Vitamins :) I hope that works for you . . the start of our book !! Excellent well researched great Hub! Jia Yu!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Cool--link away--love that and if you notice, I've already use your hub on the side-bar. Hehe--our little conspiracy is promising. See you!

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hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

Excellent hub on fighting and preventing wrinkles. I will be back for more!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thank you, hubby, appreciate your comments.

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nettraveller 6 years ago from USA

Wonderful hub! I immediately took 2 vitamin C's, some Omega 3 fatty acids and some orange juice!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

lol, nettraveller, won't we all want to be healthy? Thanks for dropping by.

Zambroza 6 years ago

Very good stuff. I like the fact that you've included a variety of media (the video is great) to make your point. The breakdown of antioxidants is also very useful as a reference. Thanks.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Zambroza, I'm glad you find it useful. Appreciate your comments.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

anginwu, I'm as vain as the rest. I hate wrinkles. Great information.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Wonderful and informative hub you actually shared in here which i believe you did a lot of research work before you publish this work. Thanks for sharing and am bookmarking this work.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Sun-girl, thanks for your encouraging words. I do a lot of research before I write any article. Take care.

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