Wrinkles are inevitable, but home remedies for healthy skin can reduce their appearance.
Sadly, the best you can do is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. You can’t get rid of them without more drastic measures like surgery, injections or the newer botox-like topical creams. You should be aware of the fact that the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the language on commercial beauty aids and anybody can say anything is “anti-wrinkle.” Don’t believe the hype.
Luckily, healthy skin is the best way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and there’s plenty you can do at home to make your skin glow.
#1 – Hydrate! Your skin needs to be hydrated to be healthy. Lotions try to seal in moisture, but the best way to keep your skin hydrated is to bring it moisture from the inside. Generally, ½ a gallon of water (8 x 8-ounce cups) every day is recommended as a minimum. It is hard to keep track of all that water and everybody is different, so a good check that you’re getting enough is if your urine is odorless and colorless throughout the day (after you first go in the morning). Also, alcohol and caffeine have a diuretic effect and will dehydrate you, so have an extra cup of water for every alcoholic or caffeinated beverage you consume.
#2 – Stop smoking! Besides saving your lungs, this will save your face. Smoke not only clogs pores and makes skin dull, but the act of puffing creates deep lines over time.
#3 – Keep your face clean. Clean skin looks smoother and younger. As you get older, skin becomes drier and if you’ve had problems with oily skin in your 20’s you may need to step back on harsh cleansers in your 30’s.
For everybody – Use warm (never hot!) water and a mild cleanser to wash off dirt, without stripping your skin. Also, be sure to rinse all traces of any cleanser off your face because residues can leave skin dull and irritated.
For sensitive or extra-dry skin – Soapwort Root extract is a jelly-like soap, but is so gentle that herbalists use lower concentrations to treat eczema. You can buy Soapwort Root chips (online and at many health food stores) to make a super gentle, all natural body and hair cleanser at home. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over ½ ounce of Soapwort Root chips, cover and allow to steep overnight. Strain the chips out with cheesecloth and keep in the fridge no longer than 1 week. Use as a daily facial and body cleanser as well as shampoo.
#4 – Exfoliate. Removing dead skin will do a lot to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As you get older, your skin regenerates less frequently, so exfoliating becomes more important after age 30.
For oily skin – Cut an orange in half and dip the cut edge in sugar. Gently scrub your face and neck with the orange, dipping it in more sugar as it dissolves. This can get messy and is best done in the shower. The acidic orange and the gritty sugar make for a double-action exfoliator.
For dry skin – Combine ¼ cup of olive oil and 1/3 cup of sugar. Use this to gently scrub off dead skin with your fingertips. Rinse excess oil off your face with a mild cleanser and warm water. Finely crushed almonds can be used in place of sugar for an even gentler scrub. Crush them in a coffee grinder or food processor.
Overnight home remedy skin treatment – Whisk ½ cup yogurt with the juice of ½ a lemon (leftovers must be kept in the fridge for future use, yogurt will spoil). Apply to your face and neck before bed. If you have dry skin, wait a few minutes until the mixture is absorbed and then apply your favorite moisturizer.
#5 –Tighten up for smaller pores. Pore size can dramatically affect your skin’s appearance.
Oily skin astringent – A good homemade astringent is 1 part witch hazel to 1 part mint tea. Steep one tea bag in 8 ounces of boiling hot distilled water. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature before combining with the witch hazel. Astringents are allowed to dry on the face, so pure water is critical because tap and spring waters can leave a residue.
Oily skin mask – Whip together 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon plain yogurt and 1 teaspoon fresh aloe juice (optional). Apply to face and throat and allow to almost dry. Rinse off thoroughly.
Dry skin mask – Whip together 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon fresh aloe juice (optional). Apply to face and throat and allow to almost dry. Rinse off thoroughly.
#6 – Reduce puffiness. Use refrigerated cucumber, thinly sliced, or a washcloth that has been dipped in ice water. Place over your eyes for 5 minutes.
#7 – Snack for healthy skin. Skin is meant to be a protective barrier and doesn’t absorb nutrients all that well. The best way to feed your skin is from the inside.
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are converted by the body into Prostaglandins, which support skin health. The best food source is cold-pressed flax seed oil, which can be used over salads.
Vitamins A and C are important for smooth and supple skin. Good food sources include cantaloupes, oranges, carrots and apricots.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), is required for the synthesis of fats and oils used by the skin. Good food sources include raw milk cheese, yogurt, leafy green vegetables, nutritional yeast and wheat germ.
Almonds are the number one healthy skin and body snack. They are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, calcium, unsaturated oil and lineolic acid, which all benefit the skin. Also, they are high in protein, low in carbs and a small handful can satisfy your hunger.
#8 – Be happy. Wrinkles are inevitable, but laugh lines look a lot better than frown or worry lines. Avoid “crows-feet” wrinkles at the corners of your eyes by wearing big sunglasses to keep you from squinting.
#9 – Last, but the most important defense against wrinkles, ALWAYS wear a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Put it on every single day, before you leave the house. If you’re outside a lot, sweating or swimming be sure to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. For a day at the beach or in the park, wear a big-brimmed hat and stay in the shade as much as possible.