Signs and Symptoms of Wrinkles
Wrinkles are minor lines and creases in the skin that begin to occur as we age.
Most wrinkles appear on the face, neck, back of the hands, and top of the forearms, since these are
the parts of the body where exposure to the sun is the greatest.
There are two major types of wrinkles: fine surface lines and deep furrows. The fine wrinkles are easier to treat with home remedies, while the deeper creases typically require other more invasive techniques such as plastic surgery or injections.
Causes of Wrinkles
Wrinkles are commonly a sign of aging, since skin begins to lose its elasticity and resiliency with time. While we will all experience some wrinkles eventually, there are certain activities that should be avoided to prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely. Common causes of early wrinkles are:
- Smoking: this decrease oxygen and blood circulation to the skin, resulting in premature wrinkles.
- Alcohol: excessive drinking causes the face to puff up, which temporarily stretches the skin. The subsequent shrinking can lead to wrinkles.
- Sun exposure: excessive exposure to the midday sun can increase the rate at which wrinkles appear.
- Tanning booths: similar to sun exposure, the rays in a tanning booth can lead to premature wrinkling.
- Constant facial expression changes: excessive smiling or frowning causes the facial skin to stretch, leading to wrinkles.
- Squinting: frequent squinting on sunny days can lead to wrinkles around the eyes. Sunglasses can help reduce this.
Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Wrinkles
Egg whites are a fantastic temporary remedy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, since the proteins in egg whites help to tighten the skin. Therefore, before heading out to a big event or party, do the following:
- Beat 2 egg whites together (avoid the yolks).
- Apply the egg white mixture over your whole face.
- Leave on for 30 minutes.
- Wash off your face with cool water.
- Pat your face dry, and you're ready!
Remember that this will only last for about an hour or two.
B-Complex Vitamins, which are commonly found in beef, chicken, eggs, and whole wheat, are great for maintaining healthy skin. Additionally, topical and oral collagen, and antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E, (which can be found in many green leafy vegetables, carrots, and fruit) help to promote younger looking skin. Therefore, maintaining a healthy diet of foods or supplements rich in these vitamins can help prevent the premature onset of wrinkles.
Pomegranate is an excellent anti-oxidant that is high in many vitamins that can benefit wrinkles. Therefore, by simply drinking a glass of pomegranate juice each day you can help reduce wrinkles and make your skin look younger. You can also mix a small amount of pomegranate oil extract into your daily moisturizer cream for added benefits.
Avoid Wrinkles Using Cool and Mild Washing
Research has shown that excessive washing and scrubbing of the face, particularly with hot water and harsh soaps, can dissolve the essential oils that help to nourish the skin. Therefore, a better alternative to prevent wrinkles is to wash with cool or lukewarm water, and use a mild soap such as Neutrogena.
Other Effective Ways to Avoid wrinkles
Protect your skin from sun exposure, quit smoking, maintain a healthy diet and hydration, get enough sleep, and consider using moisturizers and moisturizing creams containing retinol or hyaluronic acid.