Wrinkles are something we all have to live with at some point. As we age, our skin tends to lose elasticity and its ability to retain moisture. Wrinkles can appear all over, but usually occur first and most conspicuously in the face. We start seeing lines long before we’ve even thought about getting old.
The best way to delay or treat wrinkles is through a proactive lifestyle. Avoiding excessive sun, smoking, and alcohol helps, as well as regular exercise and staying hydrated. However, that’s often not enough, and it becomes necessary to treat wrinkles directly.
The best option is use of natural treatments. These tend to be less expensive than over-the-counter solutions, and don’t contain a lot of chemicals you may not be comfortable rubbing into your skin. Natural treatments are much safer and easier to come by, since they often involve common items we have in our homes.
Here are some of the natural steps to removing your wrinkles.
First off, try modifying your diet. In addition to drinking plenty of water and staying healthy, try including B complex supplements into your diet, as well as foods rich in B vitamins. These include eggs, beef, chicken, turkey, low-fat milk, and whole grain foods. Antioxidants like vitamins A, E, and C are also important to fight the effects of aging. Store-bought vitamins should be used in moderation, but consume plenty of antioxidant-rich foods like grapes, berries, green vegetables, seafood, nuts, sweet potatoes, carrots, and tea.
2. Removing Lines Around the Mouth
Coconut oil is one of the most universally recognized substances for promoting healthy skin and preventing wrinkles. Rub it generously into those deep mouth lines. Castor oil is a good alternative that you can also take internally as a health supplement, though it doesn’t taste very pleasant.
A mixture of honey, cream, and olive oil is a classic Old World treatment that works well for treating facial wrinkles.
Banana, cucumber, apples, avocados, and pineapple can all be rubbed into the skin to fight wrinkles, as well as lemon juice.
Another good remedy comes from simmering fresh rosemary leaves in hot water. Let it cool, add a little brandy, and you’ve got an effective wrinkle-remover. An alternative mixture involves fennel seeds, vodka, and honey.
You can mix water, powdered turmeric, and sugar into a paste and apply it to your skin as a mask for several minutes. The same is true using ginger and a little honey.
When using any topical treatment, even natural ones, it’s always wise to wash the face with tepid water first to remove any possible contaminants. Try to rub in the treatment with a gentle upward motion. Wash the face again afterward so you don’t leave any residue that could attract bacteria. Try to wash up and use your treatment every night before going to bed.
3. Bags and Circles Around the Eyes
The skin under the eyes is particularly thin and tender. Cold can help. Keep a pair of large spoons in the freezer that can be applied to the eyes to reduce those eye bags when you get out of bed in the morning.
Also use cool water and a natural exfoliate like sugar or whole wheat flour to clean your face instead of hot water and soap. Pat dry with a clean towel instead of rubbing dry.
Other remedies include placing slices of cucumbers, potatoes, or cotton balls soaked in milk over your eyes. You could also soak the potatoes or cucumbers in lemon juice first; just be sure to keep your eyes closed during the treatment and have a tissue handy.
When you have the time, an excellent under-eye treatment is a mask made from glycerin, hemp seed oil, and olive oil.
4. Sagging Under the Chin
Excessive wrinkling under the chin can lead to the unpleasant “turkey neck” that’s an all-too-common sign of aging. Once or twice daily, simply wash and exfoliate the area and gently massage it with natural remedies such as cocoa butter or wheat germ oil for about 5 minutes.
You could also apply a mask of egg whites or glycerin for 10 to 15 minutes. It wouldn’t hurt to strengthen the underlying muscles, such as chewing sugar free gum, holding the lips pressed firmly together, or tipping the head back and pouting the lips.
5. How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles
One of the first and most vulnerable areas for wrinkling is the forehead. These can become deep lines even in younger adults. Here are some great natural approaches to reducing forehead wrinkles.
Dab a little vegetable oil on your fingertips and gently rub it into your forehead in small circles. This helps to hydrate and firm up the skin to make forehead lines less noticeable. You can carefully wipe any excess with a tissue or paper towel. This is an effective, easy treatment you can do every day. Depending on what you have handy, you could also use olive oil, castor oil, flaxseed oil, or natural skin conditioners such as aloe vera.
You could also apply a mask made by mixing egg whites, banana, and papaya for getting good nutrition directly to the forehead.
Whatever method you use, don’t expect miracles. There’s no cure for aging just yet. However, you should see results within two weeks if you use a natural remedy every day. Keep it up and your skin will look younger for years to come.