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Whether you are performing in an upcoming play or are looking to dress up as an old man for Halloween, making wrinkles with glue is a safe and easy way to make your skin appear old and aged before its time. In addition, making wrinkles with glue can help save you money when compared to prosthetic masks and skin applications.


Before you start creating wrinkles on your skin, you'll need the proper supplies, such as white, non-toxic school glue, and other tools to create the paste. Other glues such as rubber cement, Gorilla Glue and Super Glue will only damage and irritate your skin. A tongue depressor or thin wooden stick will help you spread the glue across your skin evenly and consistently.


After you've picked a spot on your skin, spread a thin layer of glue directly on the region, making sure the skin is taut. Let the area air dry or blow on it to speed up the drying process. After it dries, gently rub on the glue to achieve a wrinkly texture.


While your extremities have skin that is already taut, places like your face and neck must be tightened before applying glue. For your cheeks, puff them out before placing glue on them, holding this puffed out position until the glue dries. The same technique goes for your neck and elbows as well as any other joints where you want wrinkles.


While you'll be using non-toxic glue to create wrinkles, you should be aware of health concerns when handling this material. When young children are applying the glue to their skin, make sure they keep the glue away from their mouths. Despite being non-toxic, consuming it will cause stomach pains and aches, especially for young children. In addition, make sure it does not get applied to your child's hair during the glue application process.

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Jason Aberdeene

Jason Aberdeene has been a freelance writer since 2008. His articles have appeared in the "UCSD Guardian" and on various websites, specializing in teen health. An assistant at Kagan Physical Therapy since 2009, Aberdeene has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.