Antioxidants are one form of home remedy that can rid the skin of wrinkles. They can be applied directly on the skin or taken orally. Ingesting fish, trace minerals, soy and green or white tea, and applying topical treatments that contain retinol, peptides and hydroxyacids to the skin reduce free radicals in the body, which cause wrinkles.
Free radicals inhibit collagen production, and antioxidants help prevent and reverse the damage that free radicals cause. Foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as those that are comprised of color-bearing compounds such as beta-carotene and anthocyanins contain large amounts of antioxidants that help skin.
Vitamin A contains a type of antioxidant known as retinol, which stimulates collagen-producing cells. Retinol is synthesized from beta-carotene and found in foods such as eggs, liver and vitamin-enriched cereals. Vitamin E is absorbed into cell membranes, where it works to repair damage caused by the reactions of fatty acids with oxygen in cells. Retinol also helps prevent further skin damage in the future. The fatty acids found in cells help the skin to retain moisture by plumping and firming the cells and providing them with the nourishment they need. This gives the skin a firmer, smoother appearance.