‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall ….. Help me get rid of my wrinkles once and for all.’ I presume this must be what most women must be pleading with the mirror all the time! The very first appearance of crow’s feet, a laugh line or a frown line forming a crease on their face causes panic and sends most women down depression lane and they try to cover up these signs of ageing under a sheet of makeup, which ultimately makes the lines look more visible and unsightly. Sooner or later we are all going to get wrinkles as this a natural process of ageing. What we cannot avoid, we can definitely delay by certain lifestyle changes and home remedies that will make you look as young as you feel.
The wrinkle saga
Wrinkles, sagging and looseness of the skin are the telltale signs of ageing and to better understand the story behind the wrinkle is to know more about the skin and its composition. The skin is made up of the Epidermis, Dermis and the Hypodermis. The epidermis is the outer most visible layer of the skin and consists of mostly dead, hardened cells which protect the inner layers of the skin. The next layer, the Dermis, contains collagen and elastin which provides elasticity and makes the skin ‘plump’, while the last layer, the hypodermis contains mostly fat. Skin cells are continuously dying, being shed and regenerated. This process gets a natural slowdown as we grow older resulting in the formation of fine wrinkles which is compounded by the inability of the skin to retain moisture. As ageing progresses further, the fibroblast cells, found in the dermis and which are responsible for the regeneration of collagen, become less active, making the wrinkle lines more pronounced.
There are other causes too which, besides ageing, can cause wrinkles. They are:
Sunlight (UVA and UVB rays): Our skin forms a barrier between the body and the environment, and is most vulnerable to the battering of the sun’s deadly rays and its high energy radiation. The sun is the most important cause for premature aging and most skin cancers. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, about 90% of the symptoms of skin aging are caused by exposure to the ultraviolet radiation from sunlight (referred to as the UVA and UVB) and most of these effects occur by age twenty. Both UVA and UVB rays penetrate the inner layers of the skin, causing damage leading to wrinkles, lowers immunity towards infections, ageing skin disorders and even cancer. Sunlight damages the collagen and elastin found in the dermis, resulting in an uneven formation of disorganized collagen fiber, thereby causing wrinkles.
Cigarette smoke: Smokers have what is called a ‘smoker’s’ face, characterized by a grayish skin and fine lines around the mouth and eyes, caused by lack of oxygen to the skin. Smoking causes the blood vessels in the skin to constrict, thereby making it more susceptible to wrinkles. Read more about harmful effects of smoking
Air Pollution: Pollution is one of the major causes of skin damage. Smog, dust and dirt in the air come in contact with the sun’s ultraviolet rays to form highly charged oxygen molecules also known as free radicals, which are extremely harmful to the skin and which has the potential to attack skin cells and damage DNA. It can strip the skin of its moisture, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
Rapid weight loss: Losing weight rapidly, like after going on a crash diet causes the fat in the skin to dissolve, leaving behind empty spaces in the skin resulting in loose skin and sagging.
Repeated facial expressions: By squinting repeatedly, either because of the sun or because of reading in bad light cause wrinkles or crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes. Always protect your eyes from the sun by wearing dark glasses and wear prescription spectacles if you suffer from short or long sightedness.
Home remedies for wrinkles
Wrinkles are not at all good for our self esteem. The emotional consequence caused by wrinkles and aging is one of the strongest factors for the survival and boom of the cosmetic industry. Botox injections, chemical peels, and wrinkle fillers are skin anti-aging treatments which have become very popular in the last decade, especially among the elite sections of society. The bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum, Type A, is also known as Botox, and was approved by the FDA for cosmetic treatment of frown lines. Botox injections work by blocking or paralyzing the muscles and prevent wrinkles from forming. Wrinkle fillers are also known as dermal fillers and they are used to fill in the spaces in the skin that causes the wrinkles and lines. Chemical Peels is the process of burning away the outer layers of skin using chemicals, exposing a whole new skin underneath. These surgical procedures, if not performed by a highly skilled plastic surgeon, can have drastic side effects, and leave behind even bigger scars, both emotional and physical. There are also a number of anti-wrinkle creams in the market which promise magical results, if we go by the promotional advertisements. Although these treatments are a quick fix for getting rid of wrinkles there are chances that you can end up messing your face further with dangerous chemicals which can leave your skin scarred and stiff.
A better option therefore towards a healthy, wrinkle free skin would be to follow some simple Home Remedies, which are safer to use and lighter on the purse.
- Massaging with olive oil or coconut oil is an excellent way of keeping skin clear of wrinkles. Regularly massage the oil at night before going to bed and your lines of woe will disappear in due time. Read more benefits of coconut oil.
- Cleanse your face thoroughly. Open the pores of the skin by steaming your face for about ten minutes, and then massage the face with honey using small circular movements. By steaming before the massage, minerals and vitamins from the honey are easily absorbed into the skin. After ten minutes, wash off your face, first with warm followed by cold water.
- Banana has been used since ancient times to remove wrinkles. Rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, they are effective in retarding wrinkle formation. Mash two bananas into a fine paste and rub on the face and wash off after ten minutes. Use this massage twice a week.
- The pineapple is also rich in antioxidants, fibers and minerals and scrubbing your face with the core of this fruit ensures the disappearance of wrinkles.
- Mix a few drops of lemon juice in some fresh milk and rub all over the face. Leave for twenty minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
- Apply beaten egg white on your face. Let it dry and then rinse with cold water. An excellent remedy for getting rid of wrinkles.
- Add sugarcane juice and turmeric powder to make a paste. Apply on skin and wash after it gets dry. This is a time tested method to get rid of wrinkles.
- Empty the contents of 3 vitamin E capsules in a bowl. To this add 2 teaspoon plain yogurt, ½ teaspoon honey and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Apply on face with a ball of cotton. Rinse after ten minutes.
- Have a teaspoon of grated ginger along with a teaspoon of honey on an empty stomach every morning.
- Cucumber eye mask is an effective way to get rid of wrinkles around the eyes. Make a paste of cucumber with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Apply on the area around the eyes and leave for 10 minutes. Wash off with tap water. Repeat twice a week and watch wrinkles and dark circles disappear before your very eyes!
Prevention is better than cure
While it is not possible to stop the natural process of aging, we can certainly try to delay the onset of wrinkles by taking a few precautions. Although home remedies might have a positive effect on reducing wrinkles, it is also important to take care of your skin externally as a regular routine. Follow the simple skin care routine and you can be assured of a wrinkle free, blemish less skin.
1. Drink plenty of water. Water helps to plump up your skin and keep it well hydrated. Know more health benefits of drinking plenty of water
2. Use a moisturizer. It helps protect your skin from the harmful chemicals found in the atmosphere and also acts as a shield against the chemicals found in your makeup.
3. Wear a sunscreen. To protect yourself against the harmful UV rays of the sun use a sunscreen lotion having a SPF level of at least 15, when you go out in the sun. Also carry an umbrella or a large hat to protect you from coming in direct contact with the sun rays.
4. Do not smoke and avoid excess drinking. Both are known to dry out the skin, leaving it prone to sagging and wrinkles.
5. Get adequate sleep everyday and avoid stressing out too much. Leading a stressful life can accelerate the signs of aging. If you feel you cannot avoid stress, at least try to overcome it by meditation and yoga. Read some tips to get a good sleep
6. Eat healthy. Avoid direct sugars, oily and spice food and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts.
7. Avoid going on crash diets. Trying to lose a large amount of fat in a short time span causes the skin to sag and hastens the onset of wrinkles.
Wrinkles are a scar of time left behind on the canvas of life. Let us paint a pretty, wrinkle free picture by following a good and regular skin care routine. Use the colors of self confidence, self esteem and a positive approach to make our life even more beautiful.