Aging happens to everyone. As people grow older, skin naturally loses collagen and elastin — two proteins that give young skin its smooth, healthy look and feel. Skin damage caused by exposure to the sun and smoking speed the loss of these vital skin proteins, causing cracked lines around the mouth, eyes and on the brow. While you cannot completely stop or reverse skin aging, you can take several steps to diminish and obscure wrinkles, slow skin aging and prevent skin damage to maintain healthy, youthful skin.
Creams and Lotions
Skin firming and anti-aging face creams and lotions are your best at-home option for getting rid of lines on your face, regardless of age. According to the Australian Avocado Organization, lotions with avocado oil are best to diminish and prevent face wrinkles. Avocados are rich in antioxidants, which attack wrinkle-causing free radicals in the body. Avocado oil is also high in vitamin E, beta carotene and vitamin C, all of which firm skin and prevent premature aging. For the 26-year old and over crowd, creams and lotions containing retinol are best for diminishing wrinkles, say the beauty experts at Cosmopolitan Magazine.
For deep wrinkles or other lines that won’t vanish with creams and lotions, good, quality makeup containing skin-firming soy is best for concealing stubborn lines, according to Cosmo’s beauty experts. Weightless, creamy foundation and mineral powder containing soy firm facial skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of lines on your face. Heavier formulas tend to collect in and around wrinkles, emphasizing lines instead of masking them.
The best budget-friendly home remedies for getting rid of lines on your face are ones that revitalize and restore skin with antioxidant-rich vitamins. Make your own exfoliating, restorative face mask by mashing the flesh of one avocado and adding ½ tsp. of coarse sea salt to the mixture to loosen dirt and buff away dry skin. Apply to face using a circular motion to loosen dirt and remove dry skin. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes so that the vitamins and proteins have time to penetrate the skin, then wash off for a healthy glow. For the best quick fix, place moistened tea bags over eyelids for five minutes to rejuvenate tired skin and temporarily minimize fine lines around the eyes.
Medical cosmetic procedures aren’t for everyone, but plastic surgery, including face lifts, is the best option for getting rid of many deep, dramatic wrinkles, tightening loose and wrinkled skin and permanently erasing lines on your face. Non-surgical, medical cosmetic procedures include injecting the skin above the brow with a prescription medicine that repairs and prevents frown lines and prescription gel fillers that erases lines around the mouth. These powerful prescription options are best for women 31 and older, according to Cosmopolitan online.
References and ResourcesScientific American: "Why Does Skin Wrinkle with Age?"; September 26, 2005
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