As we age, the bones and fat underneath the skin’s surface start to shrink and our skin also starts to succumb to gravity. All these effects lead to fine lines and wrinkles. To an extent, we have no control over natural aging, but we can certainly make some lifestyle changes and use natural methods to reduce signs of premature aging. Here are some effective natural remedies to reduce fine lines and wrinkles:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that banishes free radicals and reduces the effects of aging. When you choose a moisturizer, always choose one with Vitamin E. You can also massage almond oil onto the skin at night, since almond oil naturally contains Vitamin E. Regular use of vitamin E and/or almond oil helps tighten the skin and can erase fine lines and wrinkles. Pierce open a capsule of Vitamin E and add the oil to your regular night-time moisturizer. Massage it all over your face and neck to smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
Milk is your biggest natural wrinkle fighting ally. If you have dry skin, massage the cream from whole milk all over your face and neck before a bath. Wash off with warm water and a mild cleanser to reveal softer, suppler skin. In case of oily mature skin, simply dip a clean cotton ball into cold skimmed milk and dab it all over the face and neck. Leave this on overnight. With regular use, you can prevent lines and wrinkles using this remedy.
Chamomile essential oil or chamomile tea bags can help fight wrinkles, under-eye puffiness and even dark circles. The herb helps in constricting blood vessels and is one of the best natural remedies to reduce signs of aging under the eyes. (Note: people allergic to pollen could be allergic to chamomile, so one must always try a patch test first). Brew a few chamomile tea bags and place the warm bags on the closed eyelids for 10-15 minutes. Your eyes will appear fresher and younger and this simple remedy will give you an instant non-surgical eye-lift!
Aloe Vera is known as the miracle cactus for a reason. It has anti-inflammatory properties and also has the power to reverse sun damage. Apply aloe gel onto the face and neck at night time. Leave it on overnight to boost collagen and elastin, hydrate dry skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You can either use fresh aloe gel extracted directly from the leaf or buy an organic aloe product. Just make sure it is free from parabens, dyes and fragrance.
Coconut oil is known to reduce sun damage and it even has mild SPF or sun protection factor that can block nearly 20% of harmful UV rays from the sun. Apply coconut oil onto your face and neck daily to prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming and also hydrate the skin. Regular use of coconut oil can also fill up lines and wrinkles and make the skin appear younger and softer.
Yogurt contains acids that help exfoliate dead skin to reveal the younger looking skin beneath. Mix plain yogurt with lemon juice and honey and massage the mixture onto the face and neck. Wash off with warm water after 20 minutes and pat the skin dry. Repeat this remedy 2 times a week to see results.
Manuka honey is a special honey from New Zealand. It is obtained from bees that feed on the nectar of manuka flowers that are native only to this country. The honey has special medicinal properties which scientists are studying in detail. Early research on this honey has been very promising. Manuka honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which are far superior to those found in regular honey. You can easily buy Manuka honey online and offline these days. Massage a mixture of Manuka honey and almond oil onto your face for 5-10 minutes. Leave it on overnight to reveal younger looking skin the next day.
Use an over-ripe banana for this wrinkle remedy. Mash the banana with the white of an egg. Smooth the mixture all over your face and neck and leave it on to tighten. This might need at least 30 minutes. Wash off with cool water. Use this mask once a week to prevent the onset of new wrinkles.
Grate a couple of carrots (or juice them in a blender or juicer), and mix the requisite quantity of carrot juice with a teaspoon of organic, raw and local honey. Apply the mixture all over your face and neck. Wash off after 20 minutes with warm water. The vitamin A in carrot juice acts as a natural wrinkle eraser while honey provides anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. You can use manuka honey for this remedy if available.
Cucumber juice has curative and preventative anti aging properties. Mix cucumber juice with honey and aloe vera gel and apply onto the face and neck. This remedy is especially beneficial in the summer months to protect and heal sun damaged skin. Use this simple face mask once a week for best results.
The acids from fruit juices like pineapple, papaya, tomato and citrus fruits have natural AHA and BHA (alpha and beta hydroxy acids). They help exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin layers to reveal younger looking skin beneath. Apply the juice all over the face and neck and wash off after half an hour. A mixture of orange juice and honey is another easy wrinkle banishing recipe. Apply the mixture to the face and neck for 20 minutes, then wash off. Use weekly for best results.
According to Kenneth Choi’s book on Cupping, (Cupping Therapy for Muscles and Joints: An Easy-to-Understand Guide), cupping can be used to smooth out wrinkles. This is because of the fact that with regular cupping therapy, the blood circulation improves tremendously. This brings all the nutrients to the skin. Also, cupping enhances overall health which can make the skin look healthy and youthful.
Dermaroller is a skin needling device which, when rolled over the skin, enhances collagen production by nearly 100%! Many women who have used this device have reported plumper skin and wrinkle reduction. Apart from a youthful look, the process can also reduce scars, rosacea, acne, cellulite, pore size and pigmentation marks. It can also reduce unwanted facial hair. With so many benefits, a dermaroller is indeed worth investigating!
The presence of fine lines and wrinkles can mostly be attributed to genetics and heredity. However, certain habits also accelerate aging such as smoking, excess sun exposure, improper diet, etc. Drink plenty of water and eat fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Limit your intake of alcohol, sugar and processed/refined foods. Avoid excess sun exposure and always cover your face with a hat or scarf. Sleep for at least 7-8 hours and exercise daily. Eliminate stress by practicing deep breathing, yoga and meditation. All these techniques can also eliminate wrinkles and prevent signs of premature aging.
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