Introduction to Wrinkles
To deal with wrinkles, one should first have a basic understanding as to what wrinkles are. Wrinkles are fine creases which get formed when the thin skin sags. This is particularly visible on the face. It is caused when elastin and collagen which are present in the skin’s connective tissue becomes weak or becomes less in concentration. The result is loss in fat content, smoothness and elasticity and is especially apparent in the face and neck, but can also be noticed on the arms, hands and legs.
Areas of regular muscle concentrations are where wrinkles tend to occur, so, typically wrinkles form around the eyes and the corners of the mouth. However, once the factors which cause wrinkles are understood, the process can be slowed down and existing wrinkles can be reduced.
Causes of Wrinkles
- Smoking: Smoking is a known cause of wrinkles. There are chemicals in cigarette smoke called “free radicals” which react with the human tissue to cause wrinkles.
- Over Exposure to Sun: Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause photo ageing. This can be reduced by avoiding direct exposure and using sun block creams
- Pollution: Atmospheric pollutants like chemicals, dust and harsh light can result in wrinkles
- Individual habits: If a person has the habit of frowning or smiling excessively, wrinkles are caused on the eyes known as “crow’s feet”
- Stress: Excessive stress in the form of life-threatening diseases can cause the development of wrinkles.
Natural Home Remedies for Wrinkles
- Egg white: Egg white applied under the skin of the eyes will help to reduce wrinkles as it nourishes the skin as well as tightens it.
- Vitamin E: Three Vitamin E capsules are added to a small bowl and 2 teaspoons of yogurt and half a teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice are mixed in. The mixture is applied to the face and washed off after 10 minutes. This will help to keep the wrinkles at bay.
- Comfrey infusion, witch hazel and patchouli oil: A mixture of 1/4 cup witch-hazel, 10 drops of patchouli essential oil and 1/4 cup comfrey infusion, is applied to the wrinkle-prone areas. You can store this mixture in a clean bottle for later use. Results should be visible after about 2 weeks of regular application
- Coconut Oil with Vitamin E: A mixture of coconut oil and vitamin E (from a capsule), if rubbed gently into the wrinkle-prone areas of the skin regularly will be quite effective for wrinkles.
- Sugarcane Juice and Turmeric: A paste of turmeric and sugarcane juice is an effective remedy to reduce wrinkles and can slow down ageing of the skin.
Do's and Don’ts of Wrinkles
- Don’t over-expose your body to direct sunlight. If you are going to be in direct sunlight for a long time, then wear protective clothing and use a sun block
- Do drink lots of water as this will keep your skin hydrated and will remove fatty substances and oily food particles from the body.
- Do use a moisturizing cream or lotion regularly, especially during the dry, winter months.
- Do include a lot of orange and yellow foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, orange and yellow bell peppers, oranges, mangoes, tangerines, papayas, lemon and apricots. Such foods are rich in vitamin C and A. Vitamin A is an effective antioxidant.
- Don’t skimp on sleep. There is a lot of truth in the theory of having a “beauty sleep”.
- Don’t allow yourself to get overly stressed. Excessive worrying is known to cause premature ageing and thereby resulting in wrinkles.