Whether you are just beginning to notice the signs of aging or you already have a few wrinkles, finding ways to prevent and reduce wrinkles is probably something on your mind. You don’t have to watch as the hands of time age your skin. While dermatologists can certainly help, there are also plenty of things you can do at home to fight the wrinkle battle.
Avoid the Sun: The sun is the number one cause of wrinkles. According to WebMD, in one study, Darrick Antell, M.D., a plastic surgeon in New York, found that sun exposure was even more important than heredity when it comes to wrinkles. The study involved identical twins and found that siblings who spent limited time in the sun had fewer wrinkles than twins who got more sun exposure.
If you do spend time in the sun, protect yourself from its harmful rays. Wear sunscreen on your face as well as on your body. Wear face-specific sunscreen on your face with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours while outdoors. If it’s not possible to reapply your sunscreen, use accessories, such as umbrellas, hats, and scarves to keep the sun off your face.
According to Top 10 Home Remedies, aloe vera helps reduce wrinkles by improving your skin’s elasticity. Pluck a leaf from an aloe vera plant, and extract the gel. Apply the gel to your skin, and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off warm water.
Alternatively, mix the contents of one vitamin E capsule with one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture to your skin where wrinkles are forming. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before you rinse it off with warm water.
Get Enough Sleep in the Right Position: When you do not get enough sleep, your body produces excess cortisol, which breaks down skin cells. When you get enough sleep, your body produces more human growth hormone (HGH). This helps your skin stay thick, more elastic, and less likely to wrinkle.
It is also important to sleep in the right position to prevent wrinkle formation. According to WebMD, sleeping on your side night after night can lead to sleep lines, wrinkles that form on the surface of your skin that don’t go away once you get up out of bed. Sleeping on your side can lead to wrinkle formation on your cheek and chin. Sleeping on your stomach can lead to a furrowed brow. Instead, try sleeping on your back to prevent wrinkle formation.
Coconut Oil: According to Style Craze, coconut oil moisturizes the skin and restores elasticity. Using coconut oil on your skin often helps reduce wrinkles. Gently massage organic coconut oil under your eyes and other areas of your face where you are seeing wrinkle formation for a few minutes each night before you go to bed. Use circular motions to massage the oil into your skin, and leave it on overnight.
Eat Fish: Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids help nourish skin and reduce wrinkles. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, sardines, salmon, herring, and anchovies.
Petroleum Jelly: Petroleum jelly locks moisture into the skin. According to Style Craze, it isn’t known why petroleum jelly reduces and prevents wrinkles. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your face at night before you go to bed. Massage the petroleum jelly in for a few minutes so that your skin easily absorbs it. Leave it on overnight while you sleep. This remedy should not be used by individuals who have acne-prone skin.
Lemon Juice: According to Reader’s Digest, the acidity in lemons reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps your skin look brighter. Slice open a lemon, and massage the juice into the wrinkles and fine lines on your face.
Egg Whites: Egg whites naturally tighten the skin, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Egg whites are especially good for individuals with dry skin because they unclog the pores and absorb excess sebum from the skin. Gently whisk an egg white, and apply it to your facial skin. Allow it to dry completely before you rinse it off with warm water. Use this egg white mask once or twice a week to reduce wrinkles.
Wear Glasses: Repetitive facial motions, such as squinting, can overwork your facial muscles, which can lead to grooves forming under your skin. These grooves translate into wrinkles and fine lines on your face’s surface. Invest in reading glasses if you need them, and wear sunglasses to shade your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
Baking Soda Mask: Baking soda exfoliates your skin, effectively removing dead skin cells. It also improves blood circulation and cell turnover, which helps reduce wrinkles. Mix one tablespoon baking soda with one tablespoon water to make a paste. Gently scrub your face in circular motions with the paste for a few minutes. Rinse the paste off with warm water, and pat your face dry. Baking soda can dry out your skin, so make sure you use a moisturizer after exfoliating. You can exfoliate with baking soda twice a week.
Wrinkles are something we all want to avoid. Whether you’re just starting to notice the signs of aging or you already have a few wrinkles, you can effectively prevent and reduce wrinkles and fine lines by using these techniques.
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