There are a number of natural ways to erase fine lines and wrinkles. Instead of using expensive anti-aging products, you can try these inexpensive remedies to delay skin aging. In addition to regular skin care, a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in preventing skin sagging and wrinkling. Here are some natural ways to prevent premature skin aging.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Oily skin ages slowly, whereas dry skin develops fine lines and wrinkles fast. Hence, hydrating the skin is the best way to reduce wrinkles. Although there are numerous commercial products for moisturizing the skin, plant oils are considered best for the skin. As the fatty constituents in natural oil closely resemble human lipids, they are easily absorbed in the skin. Apart from moisturizing the skin, they contain antioxidant compounds that protect the skin cells from the harmful effect of free radicals. Natural moisturizing agents best suited for fighting skin aging include coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil and black cumin seed oil.
Protection from Sunlight
Exposure to the harsh radiations of the sun damages the skin and accelerates skin aging. Therefore, always use good quality sunscreen product to shield the exposed parts of your body from the sun. Also wear sunglasses to cover your eyes from the harsh sunlight and to prevent crow’s feet that develop when you squint excessively.
Use Less Soap
Soap dehydrates the skin and removes the natural oil from the skin, which make the skin vulnerable to wrinkling. Don’t over-wash your face with soap. Instead use moisturizing natural oil such as coconut oil to remove the makeup and to remove the grime and dirt use a mild soap or a moisturizing cleanser.
Smoking accelerates skin aging. Quit smoking to prevent premature skin aging.
Eat a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables
Every day eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are sources of essential skin friendly nutrients and antioxidants that help in improving the antioxidant profile of the skin. By negating the highly reactive oxygen species, commonly known as free radicals, they prevent premature aging of the skin.
Eat Healthy Fats
Eat healthy fats. They are essential for improving the health of the skin. Add oily fish, avocado, nuts and olive oil to your diet. The ideal ratio of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your diet should be 1:1:1. Although fats are good for the skin, limit your daily fat intake to 25 to 30% of your total daily calorie requirement.
Exfoliate with Natural Products
Exfoliation is the process of removing the old and worn out skin cells and exposing the younger layer of skin. A number of natural products contain alpha-hydroxy acids that help in breaking down the old skin cells. An easy and safe way to exfoliate is to apply a face mask made with citrus fruit, apple or sugar cane juice or yogurt. You can also use commercial alpha-hydroxy peels to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Massaging the facial skin for a few minutes helps in improving circulation. It makes the skin firmer and more beautiful naturally. Starting from the neck, move upwards, gently rubbing the fingers on the skin in upward circular motion. Facial massage for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a week, can delay appearance of wrinkles.
You need enough restful sleep every day to prevent premature aging of the skin. Sleep deprived people have high level of the hormone cortisol that damages the elasticity of the skin. Therefore, your skin will sag easily if you don’t get about 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily.
Sleep on your Back
Studies have shown that sleeping on the sides causes wrinkling of the chin and cheeks and creases appear between the brows when you sleep with your face down. Therefore to prevent wrinkles, sleep on your back.