Those pesky tiny folds in your skin that creep up as you get older — everybody gets wrinkles. They are a natural part of aging and should be seen as such; however, it’s also fair to say that you may want to put off their appearance for as long as possible. This is particularly true considering that due to lifestyle and environmental factors skin seems to crease earlier in life.
If you’ve seen people reach for expensive creams, but worry about the costs and the chemicals, you’re in luck! There are plenty of natural ways to prevent and reduce wrinkles that will keep those Botox shots away for good.
- Egg whites
Egg whites are good for more than just omelets! They’re protein-rich, cheap, and a staple ingredient that you probably already have in your kitchen and regularly stock up on.
Separate the eggs to end up with a gooey, but soothing mask, which incidentally works wonders on small burns. Place it on your face and leave on until they dry up then rinse with warm water.
You’ll instantly experience the tightening effect, but in the long term, it helps with excess sebum production.
Using oil on your face may seem counter-intuitive, especially if you are fighting against oily skin. However using a small amount of it and gently massaging into your skin before sleep is good to naturally keep wrinkles at bay. Doing this in the evenings and leaving it on overnight will help your skin maintain its elasticity. It also works on keeping moisture inside the skin cells.
You can use a variety of oils, such as coconut — this jack-of-all-trades — in both cosmetics and the kitchen. Or, opt for more fragranced oils such as jojoba, argan, or rosehip for added Vitamin C.
- Lemon or Vinegar
Speaking of Vitamin C, try using some lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar to give your face a boost. There are multiple benefits to these, including balancing out the skin’s PH levels and having an antibacterial effect.
However, caution should be used because high-concentration lemon juice can irritate the skin. With this in mind, remember to dilute the solution — 1 part lemon to 2 parts water — before applying with a cotton ball.
- Aloe Vera
Another well-known natural remedy for just about anything, and you should already have it growing in your backyard! The Aloe Vera wonder-plant has plenty of uses, but the skin benefits the most from its cooling effect. It has antiseptic properties, which makes it ideal for small cuts, and the calming of the skin after sun exposure.
Regarding wrinkles, the gel will help by naturally filling them up with collagen that is abundant in its composition.
Open up a leaf, and gently rub it onto your face, focusing on problem areas. Rinse after a few hours of applying.
You might consider skipping that banana for breakfast today and instead crush it and slather it onto your face.
Add honey for extra Vitamin E and a tightening effect, and your skin will glow due to the powerful antioxidants it contains. Alternatively, rub the inside of the banana peel on your face. Either way, don’t forget to rinse.
Turmeric is a great skin-care remedy. Just be careful not to leave any bathroom stains.
Mix 1 tsp. with 1 tsp. honey to form a paste, apply the mask, and rinse it off after it dries for a few hours. This method doesn’t only help with wrinkles, but it is also especially efficient in smoothening out your skin tone.
- Baking soda
You’ve heard it’s used for whitening teeth, but did you know baking soda is also good for the skin? Baking soda fights impurities by clearing off excess sebum. It also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as exfoliating effects.
Mixing it into a paste with some water and gently rubbing on your skin will reduce lines and wrinkles. Don’t overdo it though, especially on already existing acne!
- Green tea
Dehydrated skin shows more creases, this is why moisturizing is important. But not just on your face; remember to also hydrate from the inside-out instead of only lathering up with cream.
This is where green tea comes in, and although it should not be used as a replacement for water, it does come with additional benefits.
After drinking the tea, put the teabag under your eyes for instant pep, and input of antioxidants.
Excessive use of cosmetics is a contributing factor to the appearance of wrinkles. They are even more dangerous if you sleep with them overnight.
Chemicals will continue to seep into your skin and your face doesn’t get to breathe properly. This is why you should remove all makeup before bed, and wash your face properly. An icy splash at the end firms up the skin, reducing wrinkles.
A well-rested face will always look better, so you might want to incorporate face yoga in your nightly routine.
When you do go to sleep, try to do so in a position that does not press or put pressure on your face. Sleep on your back if possible to prevent compression wrinkles, or use silk pillow covers for a smoother feel.
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Give these natural ingredients a try and see what works best for your skin type. While they all have benefits, it should be noted that they will not replace a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to your skin pollution and stress are two of the most determining factors. If that is something you cannot control, then you should be extra careful about what you put into your body.
A diet rich in antioxidants is recommended, along with prioritizing non-inflammatory cooking methods – think boiled or steamed versus fried or grilled.
Also, try limiting alcohol and sugar intake, and if possible, give up smoking altogether — you won’t regret it.
This being said, the skin’s greatest enemy is UV radiations which you cannot avoid, so keep wearing those natural sunscreens.