Wrinkles are a very common sign of advancing age in a person. They are the result of diminishing elastin which causes the skin to lose its natural suppleness. As a person grows older, many things like fat under the skin, lack of essential vitamins and loss of collagen protein, contribute to sagging of skin.
Fine lines are the first stage of developing wrinkles. The most affected areas of our body are the face, neck and arms. This is because wrinkles usually occur in areas where the muscles are used repeatedly, e.g. around the lips and eyes, the back of the hands and wrists etc.
In these modern times, wrinkles are not just an indication of age but also of the harmful effects of pollution, unchecked use of cosmetics, an unbalanced diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Drug abuse and smoking also hasten the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Even though wrinkles cannot be eradicated completely (without advanced chemical therapies), there are some steps that you can take yourself to help delay their onset.
Tips To Reduce Wrinkles And Fine Lines
Women over the age of 25 must treat themselves to regular facials and massages at least once a month. If it is not possible to spare time for a facial, you can get a simple face clean-up done, which is of a shorter duration.Indulge in body massages using olive oil mixed with soothing essential oils to prevent sagging of skin all over the body.
There are a few recipes for face packs that reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin.A very simple and effective mask is just some mashed papaya which can be applied on the face and neck for 15 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. The fruit acids refresh and firm the skin.
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Combine some fresh curd, turmeric and the oil from a vitamin E capsule in a bowl. Massage this mixture on your face and neck in a circular motion for a few minutes and wipe off with a damp face towel. This pack also makes an excellent moisturizing hand cream.
The enzymes in fresh sugarcane juice are supposed to have a tightening effect on skin. Combine this with some turmeric and apply on your face, neck, upper chest and the back of the hands. Let it dry completely before washing off.
Mash a small piece of banana with a little lime juice and fresh cream and mix well. Apply this to your face and massage for 3-4 minutes before wiping off with a cotton wad. The cream helps moisturize the skin while the lime juice helps lighten and tighten it.
Wrinkles can also be caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun. Ensure that you always use a good quality sun screen with a minimum SPF 15 to protect yourself from the effects of sun exposure.
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Finally, it is scientifically acknowledged that no chemical treatments or cosmetics can replace a healthy diet. A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains will help in maintaining skin that is youthful, healthy and glowing.
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