Love it or hate it, wrinkles are the inevitable and unavoidable signs of aging. You can risk going under the knife, endure the pain of chemical peels, or try laser therapies, but they cost and arm and a leg and the wrinkles will ultimately creep back. Here are some natural wrinkle reduction and prevention treatments that you can do yourself at home.
Sadly as the skin ages it loses its collagen — the skin’s main tightening protein responsible for creating a smooth taut surface. This makes our faces susceptible to the fine lines, hollowness, and sagging. The dermal layer is also affected significantly — it thins out and produces less collagen. Genes also play a role in the aging process. So, how do you prevent wrinkles? Well, you can control the speed of many ageing processes and the level of damage.
An oil like coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and can avert the formation of skin-damaging free radicals — one of the key causes of early aging. It’s a natural skin-softening moisturizer and contains emollients that help diminish wrinkles that have already settled in. Massage into your skin nightly before bed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.
Olive oil, first used over 5,000 years ago when it was extracted from the olive tree, was quickly adapted by Egyptians into cosmetic products. It’s used more often as a moisturizer as it is rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins A and E, which also help fight free radicals. Massage a tablespoon of olive oil gently into the skiann twice a day to protect against sun damage as well as after sun exposure.
You know you are what you eat and your skin is a combination of proteins, water, and fats, and needs a healthy food supply for replenishment. Three superfoods for your skin, for example, are almonds, tomatoes, and blueberries. Almonds pack your skin with hydrating and plumping fats plus vitamin E, while a dominant antioxidant helps deter UV damage. Tomatoes are crammed with Vit C and have an important lycopene component that protects against sun damage and improves the vascular system giving you a natural glow due to the extra blood circulation. Blueberries are an intense mix of antioxidants and collagen-protecting Vit C.
3. Topical Vitamin C
This vitamin, which is crucial in maintaining healthy, resilient skin, is plentiful in your skin when you’re young, but less so over the years. You can replenish it through oral supplements or exfoliating with topical vitamin C each morning. A rare side effect is flaking or dryness, but these can be offset by applying a daily moisturizer.
4. Aloe Vera
Thanks to its rich vitamin and mineral content, the clear gel inside an aloe vera plant is known for its amazing wound-healing and soothing effects when applied to the skin. Having an aloe vera plant inside your home or in your garden is convenient and less expensive than buying the gel by as the leaves regrow after they’re cut or removed from the base. Aloe Vera’s quick anti-inflammatory properties are also great for treating sunburn — a quick way to damage and wrinkle skin.
Certain minerals can prevent and treat wrinkles. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, neutralizes free radicals before they cause damage, and restores any elasticity the skin may have lost from aging. Copper is an essential mineral used to form collagen, elastin, and to support skin structure. Don’t consume copper as it’s only needed in small amounts, but a cream with copper peptides helps decrease fine lines and wrinkles, improve the skin’s clarity, and reduce photo damage. Zinc is also important if you tend to have breakouts or acne by clearing the skin and subduing oil production. It also helps heal acne scars or lesions.
6. DIY Facelift Device
Instead of opting for invasive treatments, invest in a wrinkle reduction device that can be used in the comfort of your own home saving you time-consuming and repeated visits to clinics and their exorbitant expenses. Medical esthetics experts at Sensica have developed Sensilift — a do-it-yourself, non-invasive device that comprises the technical abilities of salon treatments parceled into a handheld device designed for cost-effective, convenient, time-saving home use. The device also provides a facial massage to reach wider and deeper skin layers simultaneously. It reduces wrinkles and improves the skin’s appearance and texture providing a feeling of firmness, tightening it all up. The device is super safe and virtually painless. No risk, no surgery, and no delving into the pantry for DIY food facials!