5 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles Naturally
Instead of battling wrinkles with expensive creams and medical procedures, why not give these expert-approved natural remedies a try?
Whip up several egg whites in a small bowl. Massage onto your skin, allowing to sit and dry at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and let the natural B vitamins and rich Vitamin E work their rejuvenating magic. “Egg whites are rich in proteins that coat the skin to form a protective seal,” explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “It can help hydrate, calm, and sooth the skin.” Still, he cautions, any benefit they give in treating wrinkles will likely be modest and temporary. To avoid wrinkles, remember to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. The sun’s harmful UV rays can accelerate aging and cause wrinkles. Also skip tanning beds.
Natural olive oil can help your skin stay soft and supple. Gently massage a few drops on your face before bedtime and rinse with a soft towel. You’ll wake to skin that’s soft and healthy looking, says Troy, Michigan–based plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD, author of The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger and a plastic surgeon with Youn Plastic Surgery in Troy, MI. “Olive oil is great for the skin as a moisturizer,” he says. “It is also full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for the skin.” If you have oily or acne-prone, talk to your dermatologist before putting any oil-based product on your skin. Learn more about the healthy and beauty benefits of olive oil.
Using your favorite gentle lotion, take a few minutes to give your face a massage with a firm but gentle touch. Focus on problem areas like your neck, under your eyes, and your forehead. “Facial massage may help enhance blood flow to the skin and delivery of oxygen and nutrients,” Dr. Zeichner explains. “It also may help improvement lymphatic drainage of fluid that may lead to facial and under eye puffiness.” Here’s what a lymphatic drainage massage can do for your whole body.
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Fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables filled with vitamins A and C will help to plump your skin and make it seem to glow from the inside, Dr. Youn says. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the best skin-friendly foods,” he says. “Their variety of antioxidants are great for fighting oxidation and free radicals.” But, Youn cautions, results don’t happen overnight. To get the most nutrition, learn which antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables you should be eating. You’ll benefit your health along with your skin.
Slice a lemon and massage the juice into fine lines and wrinkles on your face. The acidity of lemon helps skin look brighter while reducing the appearance of wrinkles, Dr. Youn says. “You can make a DIY lemon juice fruit acid facial,” he says. “The citric acid in lemon juice can act as a gentle exfoliator, causing the skin to look and feel smoother and softer afterwards.” Drinking a glass of lemon water every AM can also improve your health.
These are the skin care tips dermatologists use themselves.
- Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
- Anthony Youn, MD, author of The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years and plastic surgeon with Youn Plastic Surgery in Troy, MI.
- American Academy of Dermatology: "Wrinkle Remedies."