Wrinkles are caused by thin, sagging skin. Wrinkles occur as part of the natural aging process, when the collagen and elastin in the connective tissue of the skin becomes weak and breaks down.
They particularly appear on the face, neck, backs of hands, and tops of forearms. Premature or excess wrinkles can be caused by too much exposure to sunlight or harsh environments, smoking, use of certain drugs, excessive stress, sudden weight loss, loss of vitamin E, and genetic predisposition.
Nature has provided us with many plants and herbs which can fight wrinkles. EHC lists some of the anti-wrinkle remedies while admitting that a long-standing beauty stands by the natural, graceful aging.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek leaves, seeds and even oil work as an antidote for different skin problems, including wrinkles. The leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed by the body and help treat wrinkles and fine lines when this remedy is used regularly.
Grind a handful of fresh fenugreek leaves to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also wash your face with water boiled with fenugreek seeds or apply fenugreek oil onto the affected skin area.
Aloe Vera: The aloe vera plant contains malic acid that helps reduce wrinkles by improving the elasticity of your skin.
Simply cut an aloe vera leaf from the plant and extract its gel. Apply the fresh gel onto your skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Another option is to mix one teaspoon of aloe vera gel with the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Apply the mixture to areas where wrinkles are forming. Leave it on half an hour and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Ginger: It works as an excellent anti-wrinkle remedy due to its high antioxidant content. Moreover, it helps inhibit the breakdown of elastin, one of the main causes of wrinkles and fine lines.
Mix a pinch of grated ginger with a tablespoon of honey. Eat this mixture every morning. You can also drink ginger tea twice daily.
Water: Drinking water is one of the easiest and most effective home remedies for treating wrinkles. Water keeps the body hydrated and maintains the moisture level in the skin. When the body is dehydrated, your skin will generally look older. Be sure to drink pure, filtered water, as unfiltered water may have traces of chemicals that can damage your skin over time. Drink at least 2.5 liters of filtered water daily. Have a glass in the morning to kick start your day and then keep a bottle of water beside you throughout the day. Also, avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks, which can cause dehydration.
Bananas: Bananas are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that combat the causes of wrinkles and fine lines. Using this remedy twice per week will rejuvenate your skin and treat wrinkles in a natural manner.
Mash two ripe bananas into a thick paste. Apply the paste on the wrinkled areas. Leave it on for at least a half an hour and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow it with some skin moisturizer.
Almonds: They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin E, iron, zinc, calcium, folic acid, and oleic acid, which combined can delay the aging process and treat wrinkles.
Soak some almonds in raw milk overnight. In the morning, remove the skin and grind the almonds into a thick paste. Apply the paste onto your wrinkles, and even under your eyes to get rid of dark circles. Leave it on for some time and then wash it off with lukewarm water. For best results, do this daily. You can also massage almond oil into your facial skin to delay the effects of aging.
Olive Oil: It is a good source of antioxidants, like vitamins A and E, which fight skin-damaging free radicals.
Regularly massaging olive oil onto the affected skin area will moisturize, repair and even regenerate skin cells. As the oil penetrates deeply into the skin, it will provide long-lasting protection and keep it moisturized. You can also mix a few drops of honey with a few drops of olive oil and glycerin. Massage the mixture into your skin twice daily. This will eliminate dead cells and help tighten sagged skin.
Carrots: They have a high content of vitamin A, which promotes the production of collagen and helps keep the skin smooth.
Grate one large carrot into a paste. Apply it directly on the face. Leave it on for about a half an hour and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can also wash your face with carrot juice each morning and evening.
Lemon Juice: It is rich in citric acid that acts as a strong exfoliate and helps get rid of wrinkles. It also works as a deep cleansing agent and astringent that will help fade blemishes as well as wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging, like dark circles.
Gently rub a little bit of lemon juice into your facial skin. Leave it on for 5 or 10 minutes and then rinse your face with water. Do this two to three times a day. Alternatively, you can apply lemon juice mixed with amla powder (Indian gooseberry) onto your face to treat wrinkles and delay aging naturally.
Pineapple: They have enzymes that promote skin elasticity, moisturize the skin, and help eliminate dead and dull skin cells as well. The fruit is also rich in antioxidants, fibers and vitamins that boost skin health.
Rub pineapple flesh on the affected skin area. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm or cold water. Apply the juice from a green pineapple onto the skin daily for five minutes before washing off. This is also a very good remedy for treating dark circles around the eyes.
Aging is a natural phenomenon leading to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin, but these remedies will help you decelerate the process. Your skin can look younger for many more years to come.