Now, an anti-ageing plant pill to smooth wrinkles!

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Forget spending a fortune on Botox, anti-ageing lotions, potions or serums to defy the ageing process! The real secret to smooth away wrinkles and younger-looking skin could be as easy as popping a pill!

Wrinkles, the thin lines and creases — that form as a result of decreased levels of elastin and collagen in the connective tissue of our skin are the signs that we are ageing! Scientists claim to have developed a pill which is packed with nourishing ingredients said to work from the inside out.

Plant pill
According to its manufacturers, Unilever, the anti-wrinkle pill, Dove Spa’s Strength Within, contains a mix of soy isoflavones, lycopene, vitamins C and E and omega-3 fatty acids. The supplement has clinically proven that it not only nourishes the skin but also stimulates natural formation of collagen, which makes the skin plump and firm. It also leads to smoother skin, reduction in lines and wrinkles, especially deep-set crow’s feet.

Professor John Casey, vice-president for biological sciences at Unilever, stated, “We used ingredients which have been shown in the scientific literature and our own tests to combat the causes of skin ageing and kickstart old skin cells into behaving like young skin cells.

“We spent five years testing the ingredients on hundreds of women and found this combination could reduce deep wrinkles within 14 weeks. There is nothing currently on the market which can do that.”

Clinical trial

The effectiveness of the Dove Spa Strength Within pill was tested in Germany in a clinical trial involving 166 women with an average age of 61. The women were divided into three groups. The first was assigned to a low dose of Dove Spa Strength Within pill , the second given a slightly higher dose while the third took a placebo for a period of 14 weeks.

At the close of the study, experts scrutinized their skin and wrinkles by taking moulds of their crows’ feet and examining small samples of tissue. The analysis revealed the depth of wrinkles in women allotted anti-ageing pills reduced by an average of 10 per cent as opposed to those given a placebo. Subjects who were given the higher dose reportedly produced more collagen.

“We found that a significantly higher number of individuals consuming the test product showed increased levels of collagen after 14 weeks than those who consumed placebo products. To our knowledge, this is the first published report of increased collagen production in skin as a result of an oral intervention,” the researchers said.

The study was published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

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