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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 827248, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/827248
Review Article

Skin Ageing: Natural Weapons and Strategies

1Clinic of Dermatovenereology, Clinical Centre of Nis, Bovlevard Dr Zorana Djindjica 48, 18000 Nis, Serbia
2Faculty of Medical Science, University of Kragujevac, Svetozara Markovica 69, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia
3Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Bovlevard Dr Zorana Djindjica 81, 18000 Nis, Serbia

Received 8 June 2012; Accepted 28 December 2012

Academic Editor: Yukihiro Shoyama

Copyright © 2013 Ivana Binic et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The fact that the skin is the most visible organ makes us aware of the ageing process every minute. The use of plant extracts and herbs has its origins in ancient times. Chronological and photo-ageing can be easily distinguished clinically, but they share important molecular features. We tried to gather the most interesting evidence based on facts about plants and plant extracts used in antiaging products. Our main idea was to emphasize action mechanisms of these plant/herbal products, that is, their “strategies” in fighting skin ageing. Some of the plant extracts have the ability to scavenge free radicals, to protect the skin matrix through the inhibition of enzymatic degradation, or to promote collagen synthesis in the skin. There are some plants that can affect skin elasticity and tightness. Certainly, there is a place for herbal principles in antiaging cosmetics. On the other hand, there is a constant need for more evaluation and more clinical studies in vivo with emphasis on the ingredient concentration of the plant/herbal products, its formulation, safety, and duration of the antiaging effect.