Where increasing age brings along tons of experiences and wisdom, it also welcomes unwanted skin problems such as wrinkles. Though ageing is considered to be the prime reason for emergence of wrinkles around the body and face, yet there are several external factors such as regular intake of alcohol, smoking, sun exposure, etc. that result in saggy skin, fine lines, and other skin issues.
As per the guidelines of dermatologists, you can execute a few things in your daily life, in order to prolong the emergence of wrinkles. Let’s have a look at what those are!
Are you one of those individuals who have extremely busy day nearly every day, and once you are in your bed, you sleep like a baby, least bothered about your posture? Well, it might sound difficult to be aware of the way you are sleeping once you are sound asleep, but we all must admit that we toss and turn numerous times at night. And, during that constant tossing and turning, we wake up several times (even if it’s for a split second). When you wake up during night’s sleep, pay special attention towards the way you are sleeping. Make sure that you are always lying on your back. Sleeping on your stomach is the most disastrous way of sleeping. It not only affects your body internally (due to the weight of your spinal cord on your internal body parts), but also impacts your facial skin. Therefore, make it your habit to sleep on your back every time. Apart from sleeping correctly, also make sure that you are using silk pillows while sleeping. Using pillows made out of cotton do not only increase skin temperature, but also cause wrinkly skin when you get up in the morning.
Stuff in tons of moisturizers
People tend to have a misconception that a person having dry skin is less prone to wrinkles and premature ageing signs, but scientifically, it has been seen that even dry skin cause wrinkles and that too those, which are way tougher and deeper as compared to the people having oily or normal skin. Therefore, the best way out to help your skin is to stuff it with moisturizers atleast twice a day – once during the day, before applying your regular makeup; and once during the night time, when you have taken off all your makeup and have prepped your skin for a good night sleep. This daily ritual will keep your skin moisturized and free of dry patches, and also help in visible reduction in the amount of wrinkles.
Help your body in collagen production
Collagen is a natural protein found in your body that helps in structuring your skin and strengthening your bones. Its production slows down tremendously after you cross 30. To artificially embed it in your body, you must start using exfoliants and facial scrubs during your late teens. If you start using such products that early, they automatically send signals to your middle layer of skin and aware it about the production of necessary amount of collagen. However, if you have crossed way over your teens, and have got wrinkles already, then you must invest in some collagen rich facial products. These will no only rejuvenate your skin, but also make it elastic and youthful.
Don’t stay out in the sun for too long
Did you know that 90% of the visible skin changes (including blemishes, wrinkles, sags, bruising, bags, etc.) have been attributed to be cause due to prolonged exposure to the skin. If you are out and about in the sun, for even 20 minutes every day during a week, by the end of the week, you will have caused your skin a damage equivalent to baking in the sun for 1 hour and 40 minutes! Thus, you need to understand the severity of the matter and make sunscreen your best buddy. No matter it is summer, winter, autumn or spring, you must not step out of your house without applying a sunscreen. Also, bear in mind that even if you are indoors most of the time, you must apply sunscreen, because sun’s UV rays come inside your house through the windows. Thus, you are not safe anywhere!
Mend your eating habits
Are you one of those individuals who have their freezer and even fridge stuffed with tons of products made of sugar and processed items? If yes, then you are filling up your body with harmful products that not only increase your body weight, but also harm your skin. Instead of filling up your grocery list with unhealthy items, you must invest more in fruits, vegetables and healthy items. Apart from mending your eating habits, you must also remove alcohol and smoking from your lifestyles. After all, there’s nothing positive you can achieve from them. Neither they help your body in any positive way nor do they keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
Well, these were all the changes that you can bring in your lifestyle to prolong the emergence of wrinkles before you are actually ‘old’ and can’t stop them anymore. Now, let us have a look at some homemade, safe and effective ways to treat wrinkles and reduce them drastically.
1 – Oils
Oils are one of the safest and the guaranteed products that help in visible reduction in the amount of wrinkles. It not only reduces the wrinkles already on your skin, but also helps in the prevention of new ones. Instead of using essential oils, which are stuffed with chemicals and unwanted fragrances and products, you must go the all natural way and use jojoba oil, coconut oil, castor oil, argan oil or olive oil for treating wrinkles at home. No matter what oil you use out of these, make sure that it is organic.
Where coconut oil has tons of antioxidants to fight the formation of free radicals, olive oil has tons of vitamin A and E along with necessary antioxidants. On the other hand, Castor oil helps in the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, and argan oil is stuffed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids needed by the skin.
The method of application in case of argan, olive and coconut oil is the same. You just need to take a tiny amount of oil in your palm and massage it all over your face (once or twice a day), under your eyes as well. Use circular motions in order to massage the oil well into your skin and once you are done massaging for well 5-10 minutes; leave it on your skin as it is, till the next morning. On the next day, you will see a radiant glow and freshness on your skin, which will ultimately give you a sigh of relief that you are doing something good with your skin.
However, in case of castor oil and jojoba oil, you don’t need to massage it in your skin. Simply take a cotton ball, put some castor/jojoba oil on it and apply the cotton ball over the areas having visible signs of wrinkles. In this case too, you can leave it in for the whole night and wash your face in the next morning.
2 – Egg White Mask
If you have oily skin, then you can’t even imagine how many miracles an egg white mask can do for your skin. There are two ways using which you can make your own egg white mask.
First way is to simply take one egg white, whisk it properly and then apply it on your facial skin. Once the mask is fully dry, you can then rinse your face with lukewarm water. You can apply this mask once or twice a week in order to get its maximum benefits.
Second way of prepping the egg white face mask is to take one egg white, a teaspoon of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey. Good thing is that you can easily find all these ingredients in any household, isn’t it? Once you have them ready, just mix them well and apply the mixture on your face. By adding lemon juice and honey in egg white, you are adding astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial properties to your mask. Some of the benefits that you can reap from egg white include:
- Magnesium to make skin radiant, and to slow down the ageing process
- Potassium to preserve the moisture in skin cells
- Fiboflavin to eliminate free radicals and toxins causing wrinkles
- Protein to repair damaged tissues and help in the growth of new tissues
- Lysozyme to digest the cell walls of bacteria that cause acne
3 – Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is another natural ingredient that is overloaded with antioxidant, cell-regenerative, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. An Aloe Vera gel comprises of three layers, the inner-most out of which is the one that contains 99% water and nearly 75 active ingredients that can help in several skin disorders. Different benefits that can be attained by regularly applying Aloe Vera to your skin include: soothing sun burn, adding moisture, relieving skin irritation, treating cold sores, fighting acne, preventing/fading dark spots, slowing signs of ageing and lightly exfoliating your skin. To avail all these benefits, it is necessary that you get the best Aloe Vera gel for yourself. Though there are several premade products in the market, yet you must look out for the natural Aloe Vera leaf to extract its gel on your own. With this, you have peace of mind that the product that you are applying on your face is all natural and does not contain any artificial ingredients.
To apply Aloe Vera gel on your skin, extract 1 tablespoon of gel from the leaf. You can either apply it directly onto your skin or add 1 egg white into it in order to avail maximum benefits. In both ways, you need to gently massage the mixture onto your skin and leave it on for nearly 30 minutes. After that, rinse off your face with water. You can apply this gel two times a week to see its effect.
4 – Lemon Juice and Honey
Another good way to make your skin look flawless and radiant every time is to use lemon juice and honey dab. You just need to take equal parts of both these ingredients and form a mixture. Once you have it ready, you can just dip in a cotton ball inside the mixture and dab it all over your face. Leave it on your face for nice 10 minutes and then wash it off. Applying this mixture regularly on your skin help it drastically as the humectants in the honey will preserve moisture inside the skin and lemon juice will aid in the production of collagen. Apart from using both these ingredients together, you can use honey individually as well.
Simply take a decent amount of honey and massage it onto your face for nearly 1-2 minutes. After that, let it sit on your skin and do its magic for nearly half an hour. After that time, simply wash off your face using lukewarm water. Following this procedure will help you in reducing wrinkles and fine lines as honey helps in neutralizing your skin’s pH levels. For more benefits, you can even add shredded ginger in honey.
5 – Baking Soda Mask
Applying baking soda on your facial skin sounds a bit weird, isn’t it? But, in reality, baking soda paste has been proven to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. To make this mask, you just need to take 1 tablespoon of baking soda and form a paste with 1 tablespoon water. Once the paste is ready, just take a small portion of it and scrub it in circular motions, on the affected areas. Alternatively, you can even apply the paste on the skin and let it dry itself for nearly 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, wash off your face and pat it dry. Beware that this method tends to make your skin really dry once you wash the paste off of your face. Hence, moisturizing after removing the mask is really very important. You can use this method once or twice a week to get the required results.
6 – Banana Mask
Banana does not only have plenty of benefits for your body, but also helps as a mushy face mask. You can prepare a banana mask using two ways.
In the first way, you can simply mash one banana with teaspoon of plain yoghurt and teaspoon of orange juice. Once the paste it ready, simply apply it on your face, for anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes. After that, wash off your face. Using this method, you will be getting following benefits:
- Vitamin A to fade away blemishes and dark spots
- Vitamin B to prevent ageing
- Potassium to hydrate and moisturize skin cells
- Vitamin E to fight the damage caused by free radicals, and to boost skin’s resistance to UV rays
Another way of forming banana mask is to puree half a banana with a piece of papaya. Once the paste is ready, apply it on the places that have fine lines and wrinkles. Leave it on for upto 20 minutes and then wash off your face using lukewarm water. Papain enzyme in papaya and vitamins in banana help your skin stay wrinkle-free and vibrant always. Apply this mask once or twice a week for best results.
7 – Blend of Yoghurt and Cucumber
You need few mint leaves, half a cucumber and half cup of plain Greek yoghurt to form this blended puree. Once the puree is ready, store it in the fridge until it is really cool. Apply it onto your face and let it sit until dry. Then wash off your face. By applying this blend on your face, you will be stuffing your body with vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, which is why you will be guarding your skin against premature ageing, dryness, inflammation, neutralizing free radicals, peeling, cracking, darkening and dehydration.
Apart from all the vitamins and minerals in this mixture, you will also be able to benefit much from the natural enzymes and lactic acid present in plain, natural yoghurt. These will help you in cleansing your pores, shrinking them in size and smoothing your skin in general. On top of that, you will also be able to diminish scars, fine lines and wrinkles on your face. What else is needed?
As you can see, all these ingredients are 100% natural and can be easily found in every household pantry. You can use these methods to make your own homemade treatments to cure wrinkles and reduce them in no time. So, what are you waiting for? Try them now and get rid of those nasty wrinkles that are preventing your inner spark from shining through! Good luck.