Unfortunately, when skin ages it loses its collagen, which is the skin’s main tightening protein responsible for creating a smooth taut surface. This makes everyone susceptible to the wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, and hollowness that appear on the face. The effects of aging on the dermal layer are significant. Not only does the dermal layer thin, but also less collagen is produced.
As we age our skin loses moisture and elasticity making it prone to wrinkles. Dermatologists have many tools for tackling those little lines that mark the passage of time. They include prescription creams, chemical peels and injections of the toxin Botox, which paralyses facial muscles temporarily so you can’t wrinkle your skin when you frown for example, or with other facial expressions. But perhaps the best option is to protect your skin just as it is, and to do what you can to keep it healthy.
SMOOTH FINE LINES:
• Use a lotion or cream that contains alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs. AHAs come from milk, fruit and sugar cane and act by clearing away dead cells on the surface of your skin. These products encourage collagen growth, which fills in wrinkles. They also counteract free radicals rogue oxygen molecules in your body that can damage your skin. Since AHAs can sometimes cause irritation try rubbing a little of the product on a small patch doesn’t turn red by the next day, the moisturizers is safe for you to use.
• Soak a clean flannel in milk and apply it to your skin. Milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids.
• Apply fresh aloe vera gel which contains malic acid. Cut off a leaf at the base and slit it open. Scrape out the gel with a spoon taking care not to rupture the green rind and apply.
• Papayas are full of enzyme that can etch away the top layer of your skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Wash and peel a papaya then thoroughly mix 2 tablespoon of the pulp with 1 tablespoon of dry oatmeal to help exfoliate your skin. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Scrub off the mixture with a flannel.
SOFTEN & MOISTURIZE:
• Apply a moisturizer every morning after washing to help retain moisture and make your skin feel softer. Look for the moisturizers that also contain sunscreen to protect your skin from ultra violet rays. Don’t forget to apply moisturizers to your neck and hands as well as your face.
•Whip up several egg whites in a small bowl. Massage onto your skin, allowing to sit and dry at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and let the natural B vitamins and rich Vitamin E work their rejuvenating magic.
• Ginger works as an excellent anti-wrinkle remedy due to its high antioxidant content. Moreover, it helps inhibit the breakdown of elastin, one of the main causes of wrinkles and fine lines.Mix a pinch of grated ginger with a tablespoon of honey. Eat this mixture every morning.
You can also drink ginger tea twice daily.
• Try an avocado facial. This supplies moisture plus vitamin E, an antioxidant. Puree the pulp smooth it on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
Should I call the doctor?
If you’d like to see more improvements than you’re getting from self-help treatments, talk to your doctor about medical options for treating wrinkles.
FOR SMOOTHER SKIN:
• Eat fish such as salmon, sardines, fresh tuna and mackerel several times a week. These are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are very nourishing to your skin.
• Another good way to get omega-3s is to eat a teaspoon of flax seed oil a day. Mix it with juice or pour it over a salad.
• Pile your plate with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These provide vitamins A, C, and E – antioxidants that block harmful free radicals before they can cause skin damage.
•Cucumber juice Scoop out the seeds from the cucumber and grate the rest.
Squeeze the grated cucumber to extract the juice.
Gently cleanse your skin and apply this all over your face.
Let it dry naturally and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this once every day.This one is yet another home remedy for wrinkle-free skin that is simply fail proof. Because cucumber contains 95% water and have minerals and vitamins. Within a few try, you will see that the wrinkles and dark circles have visibly reduced.
• Lemon juice,Slice a lemon and massage the juice into fine lines and wrinkles on your face. The acidity of lemon helps skin look brighter while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
• As well as getting more vitamin C in your diet, you could go a step further by putting it onto your skin. Recent French research found vitamin C skin cream to be as effective as the current ‘gold standard’ vitamin A-based retinol creams. Both vitamin A and C are ingredients in several skin creams; if you want to give vitamin C a whirl, look for Reti-C corrective day cream and Reti-C night concentrate.
• Get in the habit of sleeping on your back. When you sleep on your side or stomach, you bury your face in the pillow, ‘ironing in’ wrinkles and crevices.
• Exercise for 20 to 30 minutes most days of the week. You’ve probably notices that exercise can make your skin flush – a sure sign the oxygen and nourishment in your blood are reaching the capillaries in your skin.
HOW TO PREVENT WRINKLES:
• Don’t smoke.Research shows that the skin of smokers ages more quickly than that of non-smokers. The skin tends to be thinner and has more furrows and lines.
• Drink enough water to make your urine very pale. This really does help to keep your skin moist.
• It’s the top cause of wrinkles. Plenty of studies have found the connection between wrinkles and too much sun.On sunny days, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face, neck and other areas of exposed skin before you go outdoors, and head for the shade in midday sun.
• Never use a tanning salon. Half-an-hour on a sunbed does more harm than lying on the beach all day without sunscreen.
• Wear sunglasses to avoid crow’s feet – wrinkles that come from screwing up your eyes.
SHOULD TO KNOW?
Nothing! But after the age of thirty or so, some of the connective tissue in your skin starts to break down, oil production slows down and wrinkles develop.But wrinkles are also caused by factors that you can control.Sun exposure,the sun’s ultraviolet rays do direct damage to connective fibers in the skin and they promote the generation in the body of rouge oxygen molecules called free radicals, which wreak havoc on cell membranes.Smoking is a major culprit; it slows down circulation, so skin doesn’t get as much oxygen as needed.