Wrinkles appear with age, usually as a result of the skin becoming thinner, losing elasticity and becoming more vulnerable to damage. Although heredity plays a major part in the determination of your skin's texture, smoking cigarettes and spending too much time in the sun can also cause premature aging and wrinkles, according to MayoClinic.com. While not considered a medical concern, wrinkles can be reduced with any number of medical, over-the-counter or natural treatments. Before opting for a more invasive solution, try making a homemade wrinkle remover using natural ingredients. Always consult your doctor before you try a home treatment.
Wash and peel the papaya. Remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into small 1- to 2-inch pieces, and place in a blender or food processor. Papayas contain enzymes that etch away the top layer of skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and tightening the skin, according to Allison Tannis in her book, “Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles.”
Add the milk to the papaya in the blender. Process on medium speed for about 30 seconds, or until smooth. Milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids that clear away dead cells and encourage collagen production to fill in wrinkles, according to “1,801 Home Remedies,” a book by Reader's Digest.
Scrape the sides of the blender or food processor with a rubber spatula or spoon, and process again for about 10 seconds to remove any lumps. If not using immediately, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours.
Spread the mixture over your face, forehead and neck, gently massaging the puree into your wrinkles. Relax in a comfortable position until the mixture dries completely, about 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse with tepid water, pat dry, and apply a gentle moisturizer. Repeat three times a week until wrinkles fade.
If you don't have a papaya on hand, try using a green apple or 10 to 20 seedless green grapes instead. These fruits also contain skin-firming enzymes, although they may not work as well as papaya.
It may take several weeks or even months before you notice a difference in the severity of your wrinkles. With regular treatment, however, wrinkles should begin to fade, and your complexion will begin to improve. Prevent further wrinkles by staying out of the sun and moisturizing your skin.
- MayoClinic.com: Wrinkles
- “Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles”; Allison Tannis; 2009
- “1,801 Home Remedies”; Reader's Digest; 2004
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