Since times immemorial human race has been obsessed with a wrinkle free skin. Women specially like to have their skin toned and smooth. But, it is natural for the aging process to take its toll on the elasticity of skin. All over the world a lot of money is spent on trying to get rid of wrinkles. However, the age old home remedies are still used by many across the globe.They are very effective, if you pay attention and use them with the same regularity and zeal as you do with the expensive creams and lotions. What more, they have absolutely no side effects.
Causes of Wrinkles
Age is the major cause of wrinkles. As the age progresses, the skin starts losing its elasticity. This process starts at the age of 25 years, though the wrinkles appear much later. The fat cells under the skin, which make the skin look plump, also become smaller. Effect of gravity shows itself on the drooping of eyelids and eyebrows, the lower part of the cheeks also sag due to gravity. Then there are sleep lines that appear due to freezing of the face for a long time in the same position. We all have certain habitual expressions of the face, they too contribute towards the formation of wrinkles. Radiation of the sun causes further damage to the skin, which eventually gets manifested as wrinkles. Hormonal changes in women may be another cause.
Home Remedies For Wrinkles
Milk is a wonderful home remedy for wrinkles. Milk contains alpha-hydroxy acid in a large quantity, this acid has the ability to cleanse the skin by hastening the process of peeling of its outer layer. Take 50 ml milk, soak a cloth in it and apply it on your face. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it with water. It will do its job very quickly and efficiently.
Massage Your Face
Regular facial massage helps in maintaining the blood circulation to a desired level. You can use any good home oil for this purpose. You can use the cream of the milk or some orange juice. You can even think of using the pulp of any fruit. What matters most is how you massage your face. Pay more attention to the wrinkle prone areas. Massage each area for 5 minutes. The strokes should move against the gravity. That is, from neck to head. Move your hands gently as you work your way.
Honey And Banana Mask
This is a wonderful and inexpensive anti-aging home remedy for wrinkles. Ripe bananas are the best for mask which can work very well for keeping the skin toned. Take half over-ripe banana, add 1 tbsp of natural honey, and 1 tbsp of fresh curd, mash well and use this paste on your face and neck as a mask. Wash it when dry.
To make the papaya mask, you need 2 tbsp ripe papaya pulp and 1 tbsp oatmeal. Both should be mixed well. Use this mask for your face and neck. Apply it evenly and leave it for half an hour, and then rinse it off. The enzymes present in papaya work on the dead skin cells and loosen them. Oatmeal, being rough, acts as a scrub and helps in removal of the dead skin. The skin that comes out is new and fresh.
Peeled and pureed avocado also can be used as face mask. It moisturizes the skin and works against the skin damage as well as aging. You need to keep this mask for 20 minutes and then wash it away.
Olive Oil And Pineapple Mask
It not only hydrates the skin but keeps it wrinkle free as well. Pineapple is a natural source of bromelain, famed for its many advantages. Bromelain helps in removing the dead skin. In addition, pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties. To make this mask, grind to paste fresh pineapple pieces or take washed pieces, if they are canned. Put some olive oil to make it like a paste. Use this as mask and leave it on your face and neck for 20 minutes and rinse after that.
Take two deseeded apricots, wash and chop them. You have to make a puree of these along with 2 tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp of milk and juice of one small lime. Blend them in a mixer till it becomes a smooth paste. Your face mask is ready for application. Apply it on the neck also, leave it for 30 minutes. Wash it with some lukewarm water to get the radiant skin. Apricot provides nourishment to the skin, thereby acting as an anti-aging agent.
Use Egg White
Egg white tones the facial muscles. This can form a thin film on the skin, which makes the surface of the skin tight. Take the white of one egg, whisk it well and apply it as a face mask. Leave it for about half an hour, then wash your face. This has a temporary effect, hence suitable for an outing or a party if you are want a younger looking skin.
Diet And Lifestyle
Take diet rich in proteins, whether it is animal protein or derived from milk and milk products.
Take care about your food intake. You must eat foods rich in vitamin A, C and E. Yellow vegetables and fruits like carrots, pumpkin and papaya are fantastic sources of these vitamins. Regular intake of these helps one fight wrinkles.
Getting adequate sleep is not just required for general health, but also for retaining good and wrinkle-free skin. The growth hormone responsible for retaining the elasticity of the skin is released when one sleeps.
Improve Sleeping Posture
Lie on your back so that the face does not get pressed against the pillow or the bed. When there is some pressure on the face, the lines appear because the skin remains in one particular position for a long time. All the folds that remain frozen whenever you sleep, eventually start becoming permanent.
Exercise keeps the skin muscles toned. For facial muscles the is a simple exercise that you can do. Fill air in your mouth so that the cheeks blow up. Hold for 30 seconds and release. Do neck exercises for neck muscles.
Some Other Treatments
Use Aloe Vera
Use a leaf of aloe vera plant. It is a very potent remedy for skin wrinkles. It will help in getting rid of the wrinkles as well as make your skin shine. Take a part of aloe vera leaf, scrape off the spines from the side and slice the flat surface of the succulent leaf into two, in a way that the leaf looks like a flat surface. This has a lot of gel like substance. Use this gel to apply it on your face and neck. Massage it for some time. Leave it to dry and then wash it. Aloe vera gel is loaded with the chemicals which are extremely beneficial for skin.
Sandalood powder can be used as an anti-wrinkle remedy. Make a paste with some water and apply. Wash it after keeping it on your face till it dries up.