Wrinkles are inevitable. Repetition of facial expressions causes lines and creases in the face over time. In addition, exposure to free radicals in the environment, smoking, overexposure to the sun, stress, weight loss and improper diet can cause wrinkles.

There are dozens of over-the-counter products and cosmetic injections that aid in the reduction of wrinkles. But why buy those when there are so many homemade wrinkle-removal remedies that cost much less than a trip to a plastic surgeon?


Remedies

There must be as many homemade wrinkle-removal recipes as there are name-brand products. Trial and error is the best approach to find which ingredients works best on your skin. Fortunately, home remedies are not expensive.

Honey
Honey gets high marks from people who have used it to treat wrinkles. Spread a thin layer over the skin and wait 25 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then rub an ice cube over the skin.

Bananas
Mash two bananas into a creamy consistency. Smooth over the face and let sit for 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

Eggs
Apply egg whites under the eyes to tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Grapes
Spread crushed green seedless grapes over the face and let dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and let your face air dry.

Pineapple
Don’t toss away the core of a fresh pineapple. Instead, rub it on fine lines, then rinse the area after 15 to 20 minutes.
The juice of green pineapples and apples applied to the face daily for 10 to 15 minutes is good for fine lines and cracked skin.

Others
Another effective treatment, although the ingredients may be tricky to find, is to mix together ¼ cup of comfrey infusion, 10 drops of patchouli essential oil and ¼ cup witch hazel. Pat the mixture on the face with a cotton ball and let dry. Comfrey leafs are used to make tea and can be found in most herb shops. Patchouli essential oil can be found in most health food stores. It can also be used to treat depression and anxiety, and heal wounds.

Many people swear by coconut oil, saying they see results immediately. Massage warmed coconut oil on wrinkles at bedtime. It is rather messy, but the results are soft, smooth skin.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals. Using a clean pin, puncture three Vitamin E capsules and empty into a bowl. Add 2 tsp. of plain yogurt, ½ tsp. honey and ½ tsp. lemon juice. Apply to the face using a cotton ball. Let dry for 10 minutes and rinse.
You can also pierce one Vitamin E capsule and rub the gel on your face and let dry, then swallow the remaining capsule. It will fight free radicals inside and out.

Diet

A diet rich in fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables, and whole grains gives the skin a healthy, wrinkle-free glow. Supplements such as flax seed oil and vitamins C and D are excellent wrinkle-diminishing aids.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. At least eight glasses of water per day will keep the skin moist and hydrated.

Tips

Use only fresh fruit in these recipes, and don’t store mixtures made with fruit. Bacteria forms in fruit as it ripens and can irritate the skin.
Always wash your face with very warm water before using one of the remedies. The warm water opens the pores in the skin.