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Chamomile May Smooth Lines

Anti-wrinkle creams seem as plentiful as, well, the lines they are supposed to erase. One example is CamoCare, a so-called natural cream with chamomile. In just three days, women with sun-damaged skin who used the cream noticed a visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles caused by ultraviolet rays, according to the New York-based manufacturer, ABKIT Inc. The cream sells for about $20 for a 2.4-ounce jar--about four months’ worth. It is sold through health food stores.

Worth a try? “This is not going to hurt,” says Carl Korn, a Sherman Oaks dermatologist and USC assistant clinical professor of medicine. “Chamomile tea has been used for many years as a facial astringent and toner. I would expect hydration of the skin (after application). It might make the fine lines look less visible.”


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