We all want to keep a youthful glow, and it’s best to start a preventative skincare routine early to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming. It can be scary to deal with them when they suddenly do creep up on you, but it’s not necessary to dish out an obscene amount of money on expensive creams or spa treatments. Here are eight natural treatment hacks and home techniques to help your skin look brighter and reduce the signs of wrinkles and acne.
Oils are a great way to keep your skin moisturized and plump. Coconut oil can prevent the formation of free radicals, which are one of the primary causes of early ageing, as it is rich in antioxidants. It can also help reduce and treat wrinkles that may have already developed because coconut oil is a natural skin-softening moisturizer that contains emollient.
Massage into your skin each night before bed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Olive oil can also be used as a moisturizer because it’s rich in antioxidants, and vitamins A and E, which also help to fight the skin-damaging free radicals. It also works to protect against sun damage and after exposure. Take a dime-sized amount and rub it into your skin twice a day to help moisturize and restore your skin.
Sleep is always important for overall good health, especially when it comes to wrinkle reduction. Sleep helps you grow body tissue that helps regenerate skin and will also increase your production of cortisol. That means an increase in wrinkles because cortisol slows down the growth needed to get rid of wrinkles. The position you sleep in matters and sleeping on your back is much better for your skin as sleeping on your side or stomach can lead to wrinkles on the face.
3. Aloe Vera
Most people know that aloe vera is a miracle plant. The clear gel inside the plant has wound-healing and soothing effects when applied to the skin. It’s most commonly known for its use as after-sun care cream, thanks to the vitamins and minerals it contains. It’s an inexpensive investment to have an aloe vera plant inside your home or growing in your garden rather than buying the gel. The leaves regrow after they’re cut or removed from the base. Sunburns are one of the quickest ways to damage and wrinkle skin, so applying gel can ease the healing process with its anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Protect yourself from the sun
Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones, and we absorb vitamin D from the sun. However, the same sun that feeds us vitamin D also allows UV rays to harm our skin and increase our wrinkles. Since vitamin D can be found in food and supplements, it’s best to lessen sun exposure to keep skin looking young and smooth.
When you’re in the sun, wear clothes that keep your skin protected or apply sunscreen. Try using a sunscreen with at least SPF 45. Sunglasses are also important since constantly squinting causes those fine wrinkles around the eyes called crow’s feet. Hats are also helpful. Wide-brimmed hats allow the face to stay protected from direct sunlight.
5. Don’t wash too much
It’s important to gently wash makeup and dirt off your face before bed, however, it’s also important not to wash your skin too much. Washing too often, especially with soaps that contain caustic chemicals, dries skin out and strips it of the oil it needs to stay moist and smooth. Even minus the soap, most water coming from the tap still has the ability to dry out skin.
6. Vitamin C
Our bodies don’t store Vitamin C, which means that we have to make sure we are getting enough each day. A great way to do that is to consume foods that are high in vitamin C, like pineapple and citrus.
Collagen is known to be great for skin and nails. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, so we must have it in our bodies to have skin that is pliable and avoid wrinkles. As you age, the amount of vitamin C in your skin reduces. By replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels through an oral supplement or exfoliating with topical vitamin C every morning, you can repair sun damage, such as discoloration and fine lines. Sometimes vitamin C can cause dryness or flaking, which can be treated with a daily moisturizer right after applying vitamin C.
7. Get an eyetest
Squinting, either due to poor eyesight or exposure to the sun, causes wrinkles. Those crow’s feet grow deeper every time our eyes make the repetitive motion of squinting. Plus, squinting involves more than just our eye muscles, so it increases wrinkles all over the face. If you need them, buy a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses and wear them when you’re instructed to. Prescription sunglasses are also a must have since they will keep squinting at bay.
8. Beware of makeup
When shopping for products, choose products that don’t contain alcohol to dry out your skin. Also, be careful of where you place makeup since concealer or base used to cover wrinkles may actually make them look deeper.