If you've noticed forehead lines or crow's feet on your face, then congratulations, you are human! The aging process is something many people fear, but in reality, it is a natural, healthy and beautiful part of being human. While wrinkles are an unavoidable part of growing older, you can test out a few tricks to reduce the look of fine lines on your face (without relying on plastic surgery!):
Here are 10 proven ways to reduce the amount of wrinkles on your face:
1. Drink water
First and foremost, drink water. Staying sufficiently hydrated enhances your skin's elasticity, which allows your skin to stay firm and plump. Just breathing causes our bodies to lose water, meaning we need to drink up to replace what we lose. Keep your body healthy and your skin glowing by drinking around 64 ounces of water each day, more if you are exercising.
Oils rich in antioxidants like coconut oil or olive oil can heavily reduce the appearance of fine lines on your face. Coconut is a natural moisturizer that works to soften your skin. Try massaging the sweet-smelling oil into your problem areas each night before you go to bed. While your skin works to repair itself over night, it will be enriched by the nutrients in the coconut oil.
Olive oil contains vitamin A and vitamin E which work to keep the skin free of pollutants and radicals. Rubbing this oil on your face can also reduce your risk for sun damage from harmful UV rays.
Retinol is a substance found in numerous anti-aging creams and serums that lift and firm up your skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It can be acquired through a prescription from your dermatologist or in over-the-counter moisturizers to instantly plump your skin and fill in those deep creases on your face.
4. Fruits and vegetables
Your skin needs protein and fats to keep its supple look. Indulging in foods such as blueberries (which have antioxidants), almonds (which contain healthy fats) and fruits that contain high amounts of vitamin C can do wonders for your skin. According to a recent study, all the natural pigments and antioxidants from eating enough fruits and vegetables can give your skin a healthy glow.
Face masks made from natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals can work miracles when it comes to fine lines and age spots. Here is a link to multiple recipes for natural, anti-aging facemasks. For a quick fix, try mixing fresh lemon juice with a spoonful of honey and applying it to your face. Doing so will tighten your pores and help your skin tighten to reduce wrinkles.
The yellow fruit can treat wrinkles in a simple and natural way, especially when you use the following facemask twice a week: Mash two bananas and apply the mixture to the problem areas on your face. Keep the paste on for at least a half an hour, then rinse and moisturize. The antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in bananas are great at revitalizing your skin.
7. Vitamin C
The older your skin is, the less vitamin C it contains. This crucial vitamin not only aids in immune system health, but also helps your skin remain intact and healthy. Increase your levels of Vitamin C by taking a supplement each day or using a facial primer that contains the vitamin.
Your skin needs healthy fats to maintain its hearty and supple appearance. Fish, especially salmon, contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduces your risk for new wrinkles (and hides the ones you already have).
Copper and zinc are essential for your body's ability to function. Copper helps develop elastin, which supports skin structure. This mineral also improves elasticity and thickness in your skin as well. Zinc can be a helpful way to treat acne scars or dark spots.
If sleep on your side at night, I have some bad news: when your face is in constant contact with your cotton pillowcase, it causes friction and leads to premature wrinkles. To reduce this risk, try a silk pillowcase. Silk's smooth texture will not tug at your complexion.
Regardless of your age, wrinkles are a natural part of life. Everyone gets them. While reducing the risk of these lines on your face is possible, remember that wrinkles tell the world you are aging beautifully and confidently.
Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.