Wrinkles are a sure sign of ageing. Looking into the mirror, it might be the first thing that you notice (except if you have a giant zit!). And it’s frustrating to know that it’s just going to stay there for your lifetime. Sometimes the wrinkles and sagging are enough to make you look old and tired continually. It’s a reason why many choose to go under the knife.
It’s worse when you have signs of premature ageing. You expect your skin to be bouncy, and smooth. There are many reasons why that may be happening to you. According to BBC Good Food, excessive consumption of refined sugar can result in wrinkles.
Tanning under direct sunlight is probably not a good idea as it produces free radicals in the skin, which break down collagen. This is another reason why you may be wrinkled. Smoking also causes wrinkles through the production of free radicals and the narrowing of blood vessels. Lastly, you may have your genetics to blame. But to get to the crux of the matter, what can you do to get rid of these wrinkles naturally?
At-Home Remedies for Wrinkles
You can make some DIY face masks at home for wrinkles. Avocados, bananas, egg whites, cucumbers, and aloe vera are all good for wrinkles. It’s probably not a good idea to directly apply oils like coconut, argan or castor on your face as they can clog your pores, even if they’re very hydrating. What these things can do for you is that they’ll make the wrinkles less prominent. However, they cannot reverse it or completely rid you of them.
In addition to that, you can include antioxidant-rich ingredients in your meals. Foods that are rich in proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, selenium, and vitamins can improve the appearance of wrinkles. Eat more avocados, eggs, fish, tomatoes, papayas, oranges, sweet potatoes, and nuts.
Cosmetic Treatments for Wrinkles
Believe it or not, but this is the sure-shot way to get rid of wrinkles and truly reverse the signs of ageing.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles, you can consider the Profhilo® treatment, which is a mixture of hyaluronic acid molecules of different sizes. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body, where it works to absorb moisture and then retain it. Profhilo stimulates the collagen in elastin and improves skin elasticity.
Then there’s dermabrasion, also known as dermaplaning, where the practitioner uses a scalpel for exfoliating the topmost layer of the skin. This can help get rid of age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and melasma.
To reduce the appearance of fine lines or crow’s feet, you can also get dermal fillers, which will plump up the area and improve the appearance of the skin. Then there’s also Botox. However, it’s worth mentioning that these non-surgical treatments only give temporary results.
Surgical Facelift Surgery
If you have deep wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin due to loss of elasticity, non-surgical treatments might not give you satisfactory results. A facelift surgery gives more dramatic results for more problematic skin concerns.
The surgeon removes excess skin, tightens underlying muscles, and sculpts the fat pads. This is a quite invasive procedure and not natural but it does work. To get an idea of the surgical outcome, you can see the facelift results at Longevita.
How To Prevent Wrinkles
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, make sure that you wear sunscreen no matter if it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy, windy or snowy. You also need to wear sun-protective clothing so that you don’t get wrinkles on your body. Other than that, cut out processed sugar from your diet and stop smoking.
Another way to avoid the appearance of prominent wrinkles is that you should make sure that you’re not sleeping with your face down. This can stress your skin over time if you continuously do it, and you’ll be left with sleep wrinkles. Don’t just worry about your pillow. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep (7-8 hours at least!). According to a study, sleep acts as a natural antioxidant, ridding the body of free radicals that accumulate throughout the day.
Now, drinking loads of water won’t reverse your wrinkles, but it will ensure that your skin stays healthy and hydrated. And for this reason, you need to wear a moisturizer. A moisturizer with retinol or vitamin C can have an anti-ageing effect on your skin.
Using gentle, circular strokes, you can also give yourself facial massages at home. These also help with wrinkles. Just make sure that before you put your fingers to your face, wash them, so they’re clean.
There’s no way to stop ageing or stop the signs of it from appearing at some point in your life. If they’re bothering you, you can give home remedies a shot, but if the wrinkles are too deep, only surgery can help.
Written by Ayesha Aziz