Natural Ways to Minimize Wrinkles

Wrinkles are unfortunately an inevitable part of getting older. As your skin matures, it becomes drier, thinner and loses its elasticity. While the fate of your skin is to some degree determined by your genetics, lifestyle choices also play a big role in the extent and severity of your wrinkles. Following a few natural skin care tips can minimize the formation and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sun Protection

A major cause of premature skin wrinkling is unprotected sun exposure. The Mayo Clinic says ultraviolet (UV) radiation accelerates the aging process by damaging the skin’s connective tissues, which leads to sagging and wrinkling. Avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when its rays are strongest and staying out of tanning booths can guard your skin against wrinkles.

Natural Moisturizing Treatments

Moisturizing your skin can temporarily minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When your skin is dry, your skin cells become shriveled and lead to premature wrinkling. Among the many natural skin moisturizers are olive oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil, which can be directly applied to wrinkle-prone areas of your skin. One home moisturizing treatment consists of mixing the contents of 3 vitamin E capsules with 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. of honey and 2 tsp. of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

Don’t Smoke

Not smoking can naturally guard your skin against fines lines and wrinkles. The Mayo Clinic says cigarette smoking is a major cause of premature wrinkling because it appears to cause changes in the blood supply to your skin. The severity of skin wrinkling is based on length of time you have smoked and how many cigarettes you smoke. Quitting smoking can improve the appearance of your skin and keep additional wrinkles from forming.

Sleep Positions

Changing your sleep position can be a natural way to avoid and minimize skin wrinkles. When you sleep in the same pose each night you are apt to develop sleep lines that over time can become permanently carved into your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology says it’s best to lie on your back to avoid sleep-related wrinkles.

Avoid Unnecessary Squinting

Every time you smile, frown or squint a groove forms under the skin’s surface. As your skin matures it’s less able to bounce back from these repeated facial expressions and wrinkles develop. While it’s impossible to completely avoid making facial expressions you can minimize squinting by wearing sunglasses and reading glasses if you need them.