Getting older brings many challenges, but none are so hard to accept as the effects of aging can have on our skin, especially your face. It feels like one day you look in the mirror and all of a sudden there are lines and creases in places where there just wasn’t yesterday.
Luckily, there are a plethora of ways to help with the onset of wrinkles and what aging can do to our skin. You can take the more dramatic and expensive route and opt for injections, lasers or facial treatments, or you can invest in a retinol serum or cream. But, for some women, a more holistic approach is a better choice, and of course more cost effective.
For our purposes, we are going to explore things you can do right at home to help prevent and repair those unwanted creases on your face.
What Happens As We Age?
Usually, depending on your lifestyle, wrinkles, fine lines, and crow's feet will start making their appearances on your face in your late 30s and 40s. At this point in our lives, things start changing naturally in our bodies. Our bodies start losing things like moisture as we age, and it can cause our skin to look dry. We lose that youthful “dewy” radiance, unless we add moisture back to our skin topically.
The amount of collagen and elastin that our bodies naturally produce also start declining as we get older. When this happens, we begin to develop wrinkles due to the natural biochemical changes that occur in our skin and bodies. Our skin is also not as elastic, or doesn't bounce back as it did in our youth, and we might also begin to notice creases which occur from recurring facial movements and expressions, like smiling and frowning.
Collagen and elastin are proteins that occur naturally in our bodies and are what help keep our facial structure toned, firm and filled out. As we mature, collagen and elastin production begin to dramatically decline in our bodies. At this point, we will start to notice things like sagging skin and the typical characteristics associated with aging.
Other factors, like genetics, play a huge role in how your skin ages. And, of course, the main culprits of premature aging are lifestyle effects like sun damage and smoking. Sun damage can not only cause wrinkles on your face, but can also lead to dark spots which can make you look older than you are.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet
Your diet and the amount of exercise you get can also play a part in how your skin ages, so it’s important to remember to nourish your body on the inside to keep it looking healthy on the outside. Eating a diet full of healthy fats and drinking an adequate amount of water is important to maintain good skin health. Eating so-called “superfoods” will not only help prevent wrinkles, but in turn you will feel better with a healthy diet, and as the saying goes, “when you look better, you feel better.”
Superfoods include things like artichokes, avocados, chia seeds, cinnamon, egg whites, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and walnuts.
If you struggle to eat the foods you know you need to stay healthy, then you can always opt for vitamins and mineral supplements to restore your health. You know the importance of taking your vitamins, but minerals are very important for skin health too. Minerals can help support your skin barrier to help prevent excessive damage from free radicals and other environmental stressors. Two minerals you should add to your diet are zinc and selenium.
- Zinc is an essential mineral and can help maintain optimal health on the inside and out. It is especially vital in maintaining good skin health. It has also been shown to treat acne as well as help reduce the appearance of scars. Zinc can be applied topically or taken as a supplement. You can also add zinc to your diet by eating foods like oysters, beans, almonds, oatmeal, peas and cheese.
- Selenium is another essential mineral you may not have heard of before reading this article. Selenium can only be obtained through foods or supplements you eat. It can help regulate things like your thyroid and metabolism. It is an antioxidant and can help protect your skin from free radicals in the environment. Things like smoking and alcohol use can add oxidative stress to your body and selenium can protect your cells from being damaged. You can add selenium to your diet by the addition of foods like yogurt, sunflower seeds, spinach, oatmeal and bananas.
One ingredient that has always been touted for its natural soothing and hydrating properties is Aloe Vera. Aloe works well at treating and reducing the appearance of wrinkles because it adds moisture back to your skin. You can add this topically to your skin by using products that contain natural Aloe Vera, or you can apply the gel straight from an aloe plant onto your skin, too, with some effect.
Bananas are not just for breakfast, they are for good skin health too. The oils found in bananas have been shown to improve the quality, health and texture of skin for years. An easy way to apply this to your skin is by making an at home banana mask by mashing bananas into a paste and applying it like you would a store-bought mask. Let the paste sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off.
It is probably no surprise that cucumbers make our list of at-home remedies for getting rid of wrinkles. Cucumbers are packed full of water and nutrients and can help tighten and hydrate the skin on the face. To make a cucumber treatment, you want to extract the juice from the cucumber and let it sit on your face for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Natural Plant-Based Fats
Adding a hydrating oil like coconut or jojoba oil is a great way to help with dry skin and wrinkles, and will help give you back that dewy radiant glow. Both of the oils will naturally replenish moisture and elastin to your skin. You can massage a small amount of the oil into your skin and leave it on overnight for an intensive care regimen. Jojoba oil will naturally calm and soothe skin and can help with redness caused by UV rays from the sun. Jojoba oil is importantly non-comedogenic which means it will not clog your pores like some other oils.
Shea butter is also a great at home solution for wrinkles and fine lines. Shea butter is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins, which work to moisturize the skin of your face. Shea butter will naturally soothe dry skin and reduce skin conditions and irritations like acne, eczema, dry skin, wrinkles and sun damage.
A natural oil made from rosehips contains antioxidants like lycopene, which promotes skin health, and helps protect the skin. It also contains Vitamin A, which helps to minimize the appearance of sun damage and hyperpigmentation. The fatty acids in rose hip oil also will act as a barrier protecting the skin’s natural oil barrier, which helps skin stay hydrated, and gives you a youthful glow. And it also contains the most effective antioxidant in the fight against skin aging, vitamin C. Vitamin C can brighten and rejuvenate your skin.
Argan oil has been used for centuries to nourish and strengthen skin, hair and nails. It is high in antioxidants like vitamin E and fatty acids, and it helps to nourish, soften and hydrate the skin.
Both of these oils can be applied to the skin directly or mixed into other products you already have like moisturizers or serums.
Hopefully, if you are struggling with fine lines and wrinkles you now have some ideas for at-home, effective remedies. Don’t forget that a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders for your skin, but so can some nourishing beauty products!