Smooth skin can be a sign of health, vitality, and youth. Many people try different ways to keep their skin wrinkle-free as they age. Wrinkles can develop on your skin due to age, exposure to ultraviolet light, smoking, and repeated facial gestures such as smiling or squinting. Although there are many anti-wrinkle creams, serums, and supplements available, you may prefer natural ways to get rid of your wrinkles. You can do this by keeping your skin moist, encouraging firmer skin with lifestyle choices, and preventing wrinkles.
Keeping Your Skin Moist
- Drink plenty of water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. This can flush your body of toxins and promote healthy, glowing skin. The moisture can also plump up your skin and temporarily fill wrinkled areas.
- Count beverages such as fruit juice, tea, coffee or flavored waters to your daily total.
- Add a slice of lemon to your water to brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Slather on a natural moisturizer. Apply a few drops of a natural product or oil such as olive or coconut to your body or facial skin twice a day. This can help maintain moisture and plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Some natural moisturizers include:
- Olive oil
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Aloe vera
- Select different oils for oily and combination skin. Even people with oily and combination skin need moisturizer for their skin. This can help you get rid of wrinkles and may even reduce redness and shine. Choose lighter natural oils to moisturize oil skin such as:
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Choose a face mask to pamper your skin. Whip up a face mask with foods you probably have around the house. Infuse your skin with vitamins and nutrients in eggs, avocados, and cucumbers. They may erase or reduce any wrinkles you have. Adding a few splashes of lemon juice to your mask may further plump your skin and make it glow. Mix together the any of the following masks and leave on your selection for 15 minutes before rinsing them off with warm water:
- One tablespoon honey with one tablespoon ground flax meal and ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- Four tablespoons lemon and ½ cup uncooked rolled oats
- One tablespoon lukewarm water, one apricot and ½ of a banana
- Two tablespoons oat- or wheat grass juice, ½ an avocado, ½ cup yogurt
Firming Your Skin with Targeted Exercises
- Perform targeted exercises to firm skin. Try different exercises that stretch and strengthen your neck and face muscles. This can not only help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but may also prevent them in the future. Repeat the following exercises once or twice a day:
- Work the muscles around your eyeballs. Place your index fingers on the outside of your eyes and the middle fingers in the centers of your eyebrows. Push up gently and look down. Squeeze your eyes tightly shut and release by opening them again. Repeat this exercises once or twice per day, which may reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent them in the future.
- Exercise your lower eyelids. Putting your index fingers on the outside corners of your eyes. Then place your middle fingers on the inside corners. Press gently, keeping your fingers in place, and close your eyes while looking up. Open your eyes and repeat the movement. Do this once or twice a day to minimize wrinkles and the risk of developing them in the future.
- Strengthen muscles around your lips. Make a V-shape with your thumb and fingers at the upper corners of your mouth. Make the same shape with your other hand and place it above the first hand. Gently press in your fingers and try to force a smile against them. Repeat once or twice per day. This can temporarily reduce wrinkles and prevent them in the future.
- Increase neck and head strength and flexibility. Place one hand below your neck. Keep your thumb spread far from the other fingers. Then place your other hand on top of this and point your chin toward the ceiling. Gently pull down your chest and smile with your mouth closed. This can reduce wrinkling around your neck while strengthening the muscles. It may also prevent more wrinkling in the future.
Minimizing Wrinkles Through Lifestyle
- Enjoy a massage. Stimulate your circulation and relax yourself with a professional massage or one you do yourself. This can boost nutrients to the skin and relieve stress, both of which may not only get rid of wrinkles, but prevent them in the future.
- Locate a qualified massage therapists either online or ask your doctor for a recommendation.
- Rub on a small bit of your favorite lotion with firm but gentle pressure. Focus on areas especially prone to wrinkles such as your neck, under your eyes, or your forehead.
- Consume foods high in C. Incorporate different foods into your diet every day that contain high amounts of vitamin C. These can build collagen, which makes your skin look firmer. They can also protect your skin from UV damage that causes wrinkling. Some examples of foods high in vitamin C include:
- Chili peppers
- Eat plenty of berries. Use a wide selection of colorful berries at most meals. These contains polyphenols and antioxidants that promote cell regeneration that may reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent them in the future. Choose any of the following berries to reap their wrinkle-busting potential:
- Boost your vitamin E intake with nuts. Eat a handful of nuts as a snack or instead of something like chips. These contain healthy fats and vitamin E, which can help your skin retain moisture. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protect you from harmful UV rays. Select any of the following foods to get plenty of vitamin E:
Preventing Further Wrinkling
- Use different facial gestures. Mix up your facial gestures throughout your day. Certain movements and expressions, such as squinting your eyes or tilting your head, can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. They also decrease flexibility in the muscles, which can make it difficult for skin to spring back to its original position.
- Wear preventative glasses. Exposure to bright lights or reading small text can cause you to squint your eyes. Invest in and wear reading glasses if you have to squint when your read. Put on sunglasses if you’re out in the sun. This can keep you from squinting and developing fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
- Limit sun exposure. Reduce how much exposure you have to ultraviolet light. This breaks down the supportive tissue in your skin and inhibits strength and flexibility. Cover yourself with sunscreen, UV-clothing, or hats when you’re in the sun. Limit the amount of time you spend at the beach or pool, walk on the shady side of a street, or sit under trees while you’re outside.
- Wear a broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen when you’re running errands or doing other outdoor activities.
- Quit smoking. Smoking also speeds up the natural aging process by changing the circulation of blood to your skin. This can contribute to wrinkles. Quitting smoking or even decreasing how much you smoke a day may slow down the aging process and prevent further wrinkles.
- See your doctor if you have trouble kicking the habit. They can help you figure out an optimal way to stop or limit how much you smoke.