According to the Dermatology Clinic at UAMS, some botanical elements included in cucumbers or tea bags may help temporarily reduce wrinkles. Doctor Daniel Davis, Associate Professor of Dermatology, stated, “Do we understand which of the thousand compounds in them are working? No.”
The botanicals reduce wrinkles by encouraging the surrounding skin and underlying tissue to retain water. This water retention swells the skin slightly and helps smooth out wrinkles. However, the effects from a ‘spa treatment’ eventually begin to fade.
More permanent solutions for wrinkles include procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels, which remove the wrinkled tissue, letting new tissue rebuild, showing fewer wrinkles. Another option is cosmetic surgery, such as an eyelid or face lift. These procedures tighten the skin, smoothing out wrinkles.
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