Can you get rid of wrinkles in a natural way? Let’s see what we can do about it.
Following an effective wrinkle free skin care routine is essential if you want to delay lines and other signs of aging skin as much as possible. Is equally important to understand the causes of facial wrinkles and what can be expected from the choices we make.
Fine lines and wrinkles are caused when the top layer of your skin thins out and loses its moisture and elasticity. When you age, you begin to lose elastin and collagen fibers in your skin which causes sagging skin.
Sun exposure is another culprit of aging skin but we need it to stay alive. Studies indicates that sun damage is responsible for around 80 or 90% of aging skin.
In moderation, the sun can be good for our bodies; however, when exposed to ultraviolet light for too long, the sun causes the release of damaging free radicals which damage cells and promotes wrinkles and aging.
3 Types of Facial Wrinkles
1. Static Wrinkles
We can see these wrinkles even when the muscle is at rest.
These wrinkles are due to the lack of elasticity in the skin caused from:
- Dynamic wrinkles
- Sun exposure
2. Dynamic Or Expression Wrinkles
These type of wrinkles are linked to the underlying muscles we use for facial expressions, and appear temporarily when a muscle contracts.
Every time we make a facial movement like:
Expression lines begin to appear in our faces because the repeated contractions of the facial muscles.
These facial movements are accumulative, and start to show at around thirty.
The expression lines get deeper as we age, and it will get worse with sun damage and loss of collagen and elastin.
3. Deep Wrinkles
Deep wrinkles are often due to the effects of gravity. Changes related to gravity become more pronounced as we get older.
The skin’s elasticity declines and the face tissues start to sag – sagging skin – causing:
- The tip of the nose to drop
- The eyelids to fall
- Jowls to form
- The thinning of the upper lip
- Loss of neckline
- Hollow look to the eyes
10 Natural Wrinkle Free Skin Care Tips to Age Better
You can start taking care of your skin by feeding your body exactly what it needs. This should include foods for a wrinkle free skin which are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Other tips for a wrinkle free skin include:
1. To give your skin the best chance of being healthy the first step is to find out your skin type. Once you are clear about the type of skin you have it will be easier to find the right skin care products to feed your skin.
- For oily skin buy skin care products with salicylic acid and make facial masks containing lemon, cucumber or green clay. Avoid skin care products with heavy formulations and go instead for those with light formulas. Lotions are a great choice.
- If your skin is dry go for skin care products with humectant (hydrating) agents. Hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides will keep the skin moisturized. Natural ingredients for dry skin include avocado, natural yogurt, honey and oils such as olive, almond or rose hip.
- If, like me, you have combination skin, the T zone will be shiny while the rest of the face is normal or dry. Dermatologist Leslie Baumann recommends using a light moisturizer only on the sides of the face. Using non-comedogenic products to avoid pore blocking is a must. I find that skin care products in the form of lotions and serums help to keep my skin free of shine. Good natural ingredients for combination skin include lemon, oatmeal, natural yogurt, tomato, cucumber and clay.
- Sensitive skin is tricky because there are many reasons as to why the skin reacts badly to some skin care products. If your skin is sensitive be good to your skin and avoid using harsh products. Go for products that are kind to the skin and alcohol/fragrance-free. When making DIY remedies use natural yogurt, grapes, oatmeal, melon, honey and cornflour.
2. Good skin cleansing is definitely necessary – Make use of warm water when you are cleansing the face in order to unblock skin pores and remove grime. Use just soap free solutions due to the fact that soap could dry your skin.
3. Skin circulation is important – Apply circular motions with a facial brush to remove dead skin cells and promote good circulation.
4. Exfoliation and hydration – Proper exfoliation will remove superficial cells in the skin, allowing new cells to take their place. Exfoliate once or twice a week.
Hydration is critical in the fight against aging because if your skin is dry it will be more prone to wrinkling. Keep the skin properly hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids such as herbal teas.
If your skin is aging, is very dry or you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis check these moisturizers with ceramides. Effective top rated creams that will ease or erase these skin problems.
5. Defend from ultraviolet light – The ultra violet rays coming from sunlight will certainly harm your epidermis. Using sunscreen which incorporates high SPF will guarantee great protection from environmental factors and skin cancer.
6. Exercise – Working out is a great way to oxygenate the skin and release toxins.
7. Give up alcohol and smoking. Both clog up pores and make the skin look dull.
8. Get plenty of antioxidants, externally and internally. Try to eat foods that contain vitamin E, vitamins C and B, along with vitamin A.
Great antioxidant food include blueberries, walnuts, prunes, dark grapes and green vegetables.
Externally, top antioxidants you can apply to the skin are pomegranate oil, jojoba oil and Shea butter.
9. Sleeping is also important for the skin. If something interrupts your sleep between those hours, the hormone cortisol is produced, which damages collagen fibbers and stresses out the body. Still the recommended hours for a good night sleep and for good skin are seven to eight.
If you want to avoid sleeping wrinkles try to sleep on your back. Using an anti wrinkle pillow and silk pillowcase can help too. These pillows are especially designed to take care of the face to avoid wrinkles while you sleep.
A great tip to reduce sleeping wrinkles is place surgical tape in the deeper wrinkles of your face, like between the eyebrows and the lines from the nose to the mouth every night. I have been doing this for years, and I really notice the difference the next morning.
10. Cut sugar and refined curbs to avoid glycation. Glycation is a process where sugar molecules attach to proteins (collagen) in the body and end up forming new molecules that are said to be harmful not only for the body but for the skin too.
Glycation is said to bring forward aging of the skin, damaging collagen and elastin and hence creating wrinkles and other signs of aging. Sugar can be found in many types of food and drinks so remember to check the labels for content sugar. Hidden sugar is normally found in wine, processed foods, sauces, bread, cereals, soups, juices & many drinks.
Using organic skin care products to avoid loading the skin with chemicals is a great choice.
Although these tips often help to prevent the initial indications of aging of the skin, it is very unlikely to totally avoid lines and wrinkles. So, make use of high-quality anti wrinkle skincare products which incorporate ingredients proven to work. Use retinols, alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamin c.