Can You Really Reduce Wrinkles Naturally On A Budget?
How can you reduce wrinkles? I am sure that we can all agree that wrinkles and fine lines seem to appear overnight! One minute you have beautiful, clear, youthful skin and the next – there a few fine lines around your eyes and even on your forehead – it’s long past time to find something that helps to reduce these wrinkles fast! How do you reduce these horrid wrinkles and help your skin to look more youthful? Even more perplexing is why do you even have them in the first place?
What causes fine lines and wrinkles?
Causes of wrinkles and fine lines are usually genetic – compounded by environmental factors. For example, genetically, you might be blessed with beautiful wrinkle-free skin and can expect to look younger than your actual years well into old age. However, if you spend too much time unprotected in the sun, your skin can age much faster than dictated by your genetics, making you look older than your years very quickly.
Wear sunblock every day
None of us really know how many of our fine lines and wrinkles are due to genetics or to environmental factors, but the absolute best way to reduce wrinkles is to wear a good quality sunblock with a high SPF.
A recent study in 2013, clearly demonstrated that sunblock can reduce premature aging of the skin, even in women in their 40s and 50s. Using sunblock every day significantly reduces the risk of wrinkles and age spots forming on your skin, both of which make your complexion look older than it really is!
Since UV rays cause up to 90% of the visible signs of aging in your skin – wrinkles, sagging, skin discolorations and rough skin – you can make a huge difference by simply using a sun screen whenever you go outdoors.
Eat more antioxidants
Antioxidants are nature’s anti-wrinkle and anti-aging gift! This is one of the easiest ways to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and even sagging skin . All you need to do is to include a lot of food in your diet that naturally contains antioxidants. Antioxidants give your skin the ability to fight free radicals, which causes your skin to prematurely age, particularly when you don’t wear sun screen very often.
Antioxidants also help to increase the production of collagen in your skin, plumping your skin, reducing wrinkles and smoothing away any fine lines. You won’t be surprised to learn that a study in 2010 found that antioxidants reduce photo-aging of the skin, so it’s time to stock up on Goji berries, blueberries, dark chocolate (yay!), pecans, cranberries, kidney beans, blackberries, prunes, raisins, strawberries, raspberries and lots more!
DIY home remedies to reduce wrinkles and fine lines
There are plenty of good quality face masks and moisturizers on the market and most of us have plenty of these anti-aging skincare products whittled away in our bathroom cabinets. Sometimes however, we want to try a more natural and homemade remedy to reduce wrinkles, just because we want to see if they really make a difference!
Here are a few luscious recipes to get you started
Banana Face Mask: Bananas contain lots of great antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E and the riper the bananas, the higher the amount of antioxidants they contain. So bananas are not only a healthy addition to your diet, they also make fabulous anti-aging face masks as well!
For a luscious face mask, mash one very ripe banana with a teaspoon of orange juice and plain yogurt, apply the mix to your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
Egg White Face Mask: You might have already realised that egg whites are naturally full of antioxidants and will help tone, tighten and smooth your skin, as well as reducing mild pigmentation problems due to free radical damage. So crack a few eggs, whip the egg whites until they are soft and fluffy – not runny – massage them into your skin and then leave your mask to dry for about 20 minutes.
Oils for your face: Many oils, such as coconut oil and olive oil are full of antioxidants, helping to age proof your skin and reduce the premature aging of your skin caused by free radical damage. You can make use of these benefits by massaging these oils into your face, before you go to bed and wiping off any excess with a clean towel. If your skin is already too oily however, then try argan oil instead, as this isn’t as oily as coconut oil or olive oil, whilst still containing lots of anti-aging antioxidants.
Fenugreek Face Masks: Fenugreek is one of the top antioxidant containing foods, so it’s going to be perfect for your skin and will help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Simply grind a handful of fresh fenegreek leaves to make a thick paste (you can add one or two drops of coconut oil as well), apply the paste to your face and leave on for at least 20 minutes, before washing it off with clear water.
Aloe Vera Face Masks: Aloe Vera gel is well-know for its healing and moisturizing properties, but it also helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines – it contains malic acid, which increases the elasticity of your skin. Cut an aloe vera leaf from your plant and extract the gel by squeezing the leaf. Massage this gel into your skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes. If you have deep wrinkles, you might try mixing the aloe vera gel with the contents of a vitamin E capsule, which will give you better results, faster.
Ginger and Honey Face Masks: Ginger and honey are both chocked full of antioxidants, so they make the perfect face mask that helps to reduce wrinkles and tighten your skin. Ginger is not only high in antioxidants, but it also tones your skin and boosts your immune system.
Honey also has antibacterial properties, so it’s perfect for reducing blemishes on your skin and since it’s packed full of antioxidants, it helps to prevent premature aging of your skin as well. Grate two teaspoons of fresh ginger and mix it with two teaspoons of honey (natural honey is best) and a few drops of lemon juice to thin it out a little, massaging the mask into your skin and rinsing away after 20 to 30 minutes.
Lemon, Honey and Oatmeal Face Mask: This face mask is ideal for anyone with excessively oily skin, as the lemon tightens, tones and brightens your skin. The oatmeal is also high in antioxidants that fight free radical damage and can heal dry and itchy skin. Mix half a cup of raw oatmeal with 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, adding a teaspoon of honey to make it spread easier and also to increase the amount of antioxidants in your face mask. Leave the face mask on your skin for 30 minutes, before rinsing away with warm water.
Hyaluronic acid serums have become very popular in the skincare industry, simply because they have such a remarkable effect on your complexion. When an ingredient this good comes along, everyone wants to jump on the band-wagon!
The cooler autumn temperatures and lower humidity levels cause your skin to loose some of its moisture, so autumn is all about hydration and repairing any damage caused during summer. It’s also a good time to prepare your skin for the ravages of the cold winter months yet to arrive.
There are many factors that are essential to maintaining a youthful complexion, but collagen production is the key element! The problem is that as you age, the amount of collagen in your skin decreases, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. The solution is to increase the production of collagen in your skin.
How many skincare mistakes do you make each day? When we are young we tend to take our skin for granted, staying out all night, eating the wrong foods and not using the best products on our face. All of this can create unhealthy, acne prone skin that looks dull, tired, and far too old for our age. Find out the mistakes you are making!