Wrinkles can mean more than just aging. In one quote that I saw, it says that wrinkles are signs of wisdom, endurance and happiness. Yes, that is true but then again, we cannot deny the fact that it does make us feel awkward, conscious and sometimes embarrassed. This blog post will discuss causes of wrinkles and give you numerous do-it-yourself masks to choose from made with ingredients that are proven to be very effective but not as expensive as those in the market!
Causes of Wrinkles
Aging– As we grow older, degenerative processes take place. This is normal and inevitable. Your desmosomes (the one that links your cells together) tend to be more fragile. Your lipids that lock up your skin’s moisture will eventually decrease. Muscles, if not exercised on a regular basis will sooner or later sag. Remember that gravity makes this progression faster.
Habits – Activities that put your muscles in high active state can cause wrinkles as you age. This would include chewing gum, frowning, laughing, squinting eyes, and using straws when drinking.
Diet – If you are fond of consuming foods high in sugar you have to expect damages in the links of your collagen and elastin. This is due to the process of glycation (happens when molecules of sugar bind to the tissues. It can cause make your facial skin appear flabby. Insufficient water, vitamins and minerals and even healthy fats can also speed up the formation of wrinkles.
Lifestyle – Smoking cigarette and not wearing sunscreen are only some of the things that we do that add more stress to our skin.
Posture – Resting your face on hands or arms while sitting, side-lying position with pillow squeezed in cheeks and jaw, and the likes deforms the consistency of your integument, forming marks that will eventually become more obvious lines.
Before we start, let me just run by again that the sensitivity of our skin vary from one person to another. It is important that you orient yourself first with the substances that can trigger any allergic reactions. Try on a small amount initially in a span of few minutes before applying the entire mixture all over your face. If you feel severe itchiness or burning sensation, wash it off immediately. Also, it is highly advisable not to experiment a night before an important event (you do not want rashes or other manifestations of hypersensitivity on that big day!).
Affordable Home-Made Masks from your Kitchen
You may use these masks two to three times a week, depending on your need for a natural Botox. Cleanse your face well before applying the mask. Make sure to rinse with lukewarm water and dry the skin by patting (not rubbing) towel to your face.
Milk and Honey
- 4 tablespoons milk powder
- 4 teaspoons honey
- 4 teaspoons warm water
- Melt the honey with the warm water.
- Add the milk powder and mix to dissolve.
- Continue mixing until you form a pasty substance.
- Apply the mixture in your face. Avoid the areas of your eye to prevent irritations.
- Once your face is already fully covered, let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the mask by rinsing with lukewarm water.
The ingredient honey is not only antibacterial, it also boosts the complexion of your skin and it binds your cells together. The milk on the other hand makes the skin fair and smooth, no wonder why milk baths were so popular even centuries ago!
- Medium banana, ripe
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Mash the banana using fork. Make it more refined by using spoon afterwards.
- Add the honey and lemon juice, mix thoroughly.
- Apply to your face avoiding the eyes. You may want to use two coats for this mask to allow deeper penetration.
- Let it stay on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
*Since bananas are naturally sticky, you may wash your face with a mild cleanser. Alternatively, you might want to wipe the mixture off with facial tissue or cotton first before cleaning with lukewarm water.
Banana is rich in potassium. This particular nutrient hydrates the skin. It is also full of vitamins A, B and E which delays aging and diminishes wrinkles. In addition to anti-bacterial properties of honey, the lemon juice lightens dark skin, and it evens out the color of your face.
Eggs and Oatmeal
- Egg white
- 2 tablespoons oatmeal
- Separate the white and the egg yolk.
- Whip the egg white and add the oatmeal.
- Mix the two ingredients to form a paste.
- Apply the mixture to completely cover your face.
- Wait for twenty minutes.
- Rinse well.
Eggs and oatmeal are full of protein that hydrates, moisturizes, tightens skin, and shrinks pores – the key requirements in achieving youthful skin! Oatmeal is also a well-known cleanser and oil absorber. You can see a lot of products in the market that contain this such as soaps and lotions.
- 2 tablespoons Plain yogurt
- Apply the yogurt liberally onto your face.
- Leave on for 10-30 minutes.
- Wash it off.
Yogurt’s ingredient lactic acid, protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics can prevent premature aging, rejuvenate and make your skin smoother. Yogurt can also be combined with other ingredients from your pantry such as honey, strawberry, lemon, oatmeal and even turmeric. The effects will vary depending on the chosen elements.
Some Facts About Wrinkles
The The simple fact is, every person who has the privilege of growing old will get wrinkles! It’s an indisputable fact of life, so we might as well just embrace it! I have found the wrinkles can be a sweet embrace if we learn to accept them. Laugh lines are proof that we have had a joyful life. Stress lines on the forehead are bvisible proof of all we've been through in life.
Wrinkles can be sweet and tell a story of joy and grief that is lived over decades. Though in our American culture we see signs of aging (gray hair, wrinkles, saggy skin) as a sign of defeat, something I should dread and hide, but you can learn to love yourself throw wrinkles. Of course, that’s not to say that you don’t do what you can to restore your skin to be as healthy as possible, or that there is anything wrong with wishing you did not have wrinkles!
How Wrinkles Form
Repeated Motion-Dynamic: First off, there are two important aspects of how you gain wrinkles in older age. The first way is by constant movement. If you are constantly smiling, you will likely get joyous crows feet. If you are constantly anxious, it will show in your forehead. If you are in deep though for much of your life, the movement will leave its mark. These are some of the signs of a life lives deeply!
Gravity Loss-Static: The other way you can get wrinkles is by the gravity that falters over the years. It weighs heavy on us, and it does catch up eventually! You will also notice that as you age, you become less and less elastic.
Types of Wrinkles
There are so many types of wrinkles that can form. They can be caused by the two things above, but they can also be genetic. It is interesting to trace the wrinkles on the faces of your older loved ones and see just how yours might look!
Forehead: I will never forget the day I went to a chiropractor and he told me to stop looking so worried all the time. Lines would form on my forehead if I did! I realized that when I consciously decided to release the forehead tension, it was because I chose peace over stress. Worry lines are the lines that form in between your eyebrows, and they truly are caused by worry!
Eyes: It is true that putting eyeliner on to where you drag your bottom eye skin all the way down, or rubbing your eyes when you’re tired because the afternoon slump has hit really sags them! Stay away from these movements.
Mouth: Laugh lines form around the mouth, but they are not necessarily a type of wrinkle you may want to avoid! Laughing is good for the soul and body, and the more you do it, the better off you will be. Laugh hard and often with those you love. You will not regret these lovely wrinkles!
There are indeed many other materials you can make use of and combine that can reduce fine lines that expose your age. You can either simplify (use only egg whites or plain banana for example) or experiment by combining others – even with those that are formulated and sold in market! However, the ones I have mentioned above are the simplest and most practical ingredients that can guarantee youthful glowing skin.
Are you willing to try do-it-yourself facial masks over the ones you can buy on the market? Share your thoughts with us.
Author bio :
I’m a blogger, shopaholic, and beauty-obsessed blogger from NYC, armed with a Professional MBA from Fordham University and a License in Cosmetology from Empire Beauty School in my hometown of Brooklyn. I’m the proud owner of a successful salon and beauty parlor in the city, and I’ve started this blog to share my beauty secrets with you.
Peter has a background in IT and has been more or less of a gadget enthusiast for all of his teenage and college years. He spend the first few years of his working life reviewing consumer electronics like cameras and phones.