According to Science Daily, researchers in Germany report a major improvement in a potential treatment for wrinkles that could ultimately be an alternative to BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers and facial cosmetic surgery. The non-invasive wrinkle treatment combines high-intensity light from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a lotion made of green tea extract. According to researchers Andrei Sommer and Dan Zhu, the combination of green tea extract and LEDs is ten times faster at removing wrinkles than a similar anti-wrinkle treatment using LEDs.
Physicians have used light therapy, also known as photo therapy, for almost 50 years to heal wounds and combat skin aging. However, LED lights, much like those used in computers, have also been shown to reduce skin wrinkles when applied daily. Unfortunately, a byproduct of such extensive exposure to LEDs is the risk of cell damage. As a response, epigallocatechin, a potent antioxidant in green tea, is applied in a cream to counteract the potential for cell damage.
Researchers daily applied LED light and green tea extract to the facial wrinkles of a human volunteer over a period of one month. The treatment resulted in smoother skin, including “less pronounced wrinkle levels, shorter wrinkle valleys, and juvenile complexion,” according to the scientists. Not only could this study form the basis of a new facial rejuvenation protocol, it could lead to better understanding of cellular aging.