Do’s and Don’ts to Naturally Eliminate Wrinkles
Many of us look into the mirror and worry about the lines and the tiny folds that start appearing on our face especially around the eyes and mouth. Wrinkles are the inevitable product of ageing. They are part and parcel of ageing and no one is spared. If you are lucky, they might start appearing in your fifties but if not, you could even sport them in your late twenties. Wrinkles appear because as you age, your skin loses its elasticity and does not produce as much collagen as it used to. These cause the sagging of your skin, making your wrinkles more apparent.
However, before you sulk in the corner thinking that all hopes are lost, adopting the right habits and eliminating the wrong ones could tighten your face and prevent new wrinkles from lining up (literally), thus ensuring that you’d at least look your age rather than 10 years older.
Before going on to the elimination of wrinkles, it is vital to start with the do’s and don’ts towards younger-looking skin. It is only then will the elimination methods be effective with the bad habits out of the picture. It isn’t difficult; there are only two key do’s and don’ts each:
Do #1: Sleeping Properly and Sufficiently
Nowadays, not many of us sleep well due to work and many other activities that deny us 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a day. Sleeping is not just important for keeping us awake and alert the next day; many experts claim that at least 8 hours of sleep is also needed for the skin-cell growth and repair. Sleep deprivation brings about stress hormones, resulting in wrinkle-causing oxidation and inflammation. Thus, it is important to make time for sleep. Also, for those who love to sleep on your side or stomach, it is advisable to sleep on your back. Sleeping with your face pressed against the pillow creates chin, cheek and forehead lines.
Do #2: Water, veggie and fruit regimen
Water, vegetables and fruits are the three essential must-haves for a healthy skin. If you’re not drinking enough water, start practicing adequate water intake as it rehydrates the skin, leaving it refreshed and revealing lesser fine lines. It is never too late to adapt good habits. Consume more vegetables and fruits as they are rich in anti-oxidants which neutralize free radicals and slow ageing. They are also low glycaemic, meaning that they are digested slowly and doesn’t spike sugar level which triggers inflammation and causes wrinkles.
Don’t #1: Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and drinking is a definite no-no not only to your health but also to your skin. Not only does alcohol dehydrate your skin, it causes your capillaries to leak as well. When you go to sleep, the water is collected in the soft tissue and that’s why you wake up with a puffy face. This puffiness makes way for wrinkles. As for smoking, it could deplete your arteries of nitric oxide which is responsible for your skin’s flexibility. Repetitive muscle movement, from pruning your lips, also brings about wrinkles.
Don’t #2: Soak up Sun Rays
The ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main cause of wrinkles. Many of us go under the sun without any protection. Although the morning sun which is rich in Vitamin D is good for the skin, that doesn’t mean that you should bath under the sun excessively especially in the afternoons. It is important to fight these sun rays with at least a SPF30 sunscreen swathed on your face. Spread it evenly on your face and the back of your hands at least 20 minutes before leaving your house since it takes that long to penetrate into your skin.
Now that you know what is good and bad for your skin, here are a few methods you could practice at home to keep those wrinkles at bay.
Method #1: Washing and Exfoliating
It is important to wash your skin with the right product. Use a gentle pH-cleanser instead of alkaline bar soap as it could destroy the protective acid barrier on your face which prevents bacterial and fungal growth. Other than that, it is important to remove dead skin cells for new cells to replace it. Not only are the new skin cells smoother, they are also more ready to absorb the nutrients, yielding a healthier skin. Thus, never forget to exfoliate your skin twice a week, preferably with finely grounded apricot seeds.
Method #2: Massaging with Natural Remedies
Massage is a good exercise for your skin muscles. Massaging your skin with a gentle lotion is the common practice. However, you can always take advantage of the materials easily and readily available out there to help in a more effective massage. Egg whites are one of those materials rich in Vitamin B and E, which is good for your skin. Massage it onto your skin and let it dry for 15 minutes. Then, dry it off with warm water.
Alternatively, try olive oil which can make your skin soft and supple. Before going to bed, massage a few drops on your skin and rinse with a soft towel. You’ll be amazed with the softness of your skin the next morning.
The acidity of lemon juice can reduce wrinkles and make your skin brighter. Thus, it is a good idea to massage the juice into the fine lines and wrinkles.