Banish Wrinkles With These 5 Kitchen Ingredients
Wrinkles are an age-old problem - literally. As we get older, our skin becomes less plump, and that causes the onset of wrinkles appearing in our skin. The most noticeable wrinkles begin to appear on the face due to sun exposure, so anti-aging or anti-wrinkle products are often in the form of face creams... expensive face creams.
But before you drop your hard earned money on the newest anti-aging lotions and potions, have you considered taking a closer look to what's in your cupboards at home?! You may be surprised what anti-aging power some simple ingredients possess!
Here at Organica, we've found some surprising suggestions for how to get rid of wrinkles from the comfort of your own home, and without splashing the cash on expensive creams. Have a look in your cupboards for some of these anti-wrinkle agents!
You’re probably thinking this is ridiculous! But mayonnaise, the white eggy cream we put on burgers, is actually proven to be a highly effective anti-wrinkle solution.
Mayonnaise is made from egg whites, and those egg whites contain something called albumin. Albumin is a proven skin tightener, and tightening the skin will remove the appearance of wrinkles. It maintains the elasticity that keeps the skin looking young and boosts collagen levels (the building-blocks of plump skin cells)[i]. Furthermore, it can protect you from sunburn, which is the main culprit destroying elastin and collagen in the skin, which encourages the appearance of wrinkles!
Try applying some mayonnaise to the areas you find lines appearing, but remember to rinse off after... It might not smell so good if you keep it on! After you rinse it off, complete with a moisturizer. You could make your own mayonnaise at home, ensuring you use a quality oil to get the best benefits.
Caffeine is a popular ingredient in some skin care products, and there is a reason for it. It is a great skin tightener and can rejuvenate dull looking skin thanks to it's antioxidant and blood-pumping properties. Not only does it wake us up mentally, but it can wake up your skin, too! Coffee protects us from skin-damaging free-radicals which speed up the aging process of the skin.
But before you start rubbing instant coffee on your skin and making a mess, try making a paste from coffee grounds or instant granules. This paste can then be used as an exfoliating scrub in the shower or a pampering face mask in the evening! Don’t worry, it’s easy! Just mix some coffee grounds with coconut or olive oil, using two tablespoons of each, which should create a paste that you can apply onto the skin.
3. Green Tea
Caffeine is not just found in coffee, it’s also abundant in green tea. Green tea is known to be packed full of anti-oxidants, which can be super beneficial to your skin! Here’s a quick look at just how good green tea can be good for our wrinkles!
Green tea contains vitamin B2[ii]. Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin and is essential to keeping cells working to reproduce new ones. Cell turnover is essential to having healthy, rejuvenated skin! Vitamin B2 is the main actor in maintaining collagen levels[iii], which we need in order to keep our skin looking youthful.
Vitamin E is another powerful property of this emerald drink, which is known to reverse the signs of skin aging [iv]. It acts as a moisturizer and nourishes the skin’s nerves, making it less prone to the onset of wrinkles.
Green tea has the ability to fight damage from UV rays. Sun damage, as I’ve already said, is extremely harmful to skin, and accelerates the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Green tea has endless benefits for the skin, and don’t doubt its power in the battle against wrinkles!
You can drink green tea, or for a more topical approach, apply the teabags to your eyes. WARNING, do not do this when they’re hot! Let the tea bag brew in hot water, remove the tea bags and place into a bowl to cool in the fridge. Once they’ve cooled down, place them on top of closed eyes, and leave them on for 5-10 minutes. Repeat weekly and watch those crow’s feet disappear before your very eyes!
Lemon and other citrus fruits are abundant in vitamin C, one of the nutrients that are key to having young looking skin! Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, has the ability to restore collagen. We lose collagen as we get older, making our skin age because it has nothing to keep it plump and elastic. By applying some fresh lemon juice to your face for just 10 minutes a day, you can give yourself a glow that will make your skin appear younger and fresher. Citrus fruits also kill bacteria found on the skin[v], which adds to its ability to give you clean and fresh-looking complexion!
For further use of citrus power, try putting lemon or lime into your water, and let the antioxidants work from the inside out. Drinking lemon in with water is a great way to not only make your drink tastier but also to supply your body with the anti-oxidants throughout the day. Hydration is the key to healthy skin, by the way, so keep that water at hand!
Apple cider vinegar is well known for its curative powers - for many different ailments - but its effect on the skin is even more profound than we may have thought!
Apple cider vinegar, like green tea, is full of vitamin E. This is effective in preventing and reducing the visibility of those pesky fine lines. It is also a natural hydrant, and it can produce collagen[vi], which as we know, gives the skin its elasticity. More elasticity means fewer wrinkles. Simple!
You can apply the vinegar to your face using cotton pads, but it could be more successful if you mix it in with an ingredient that can moisturize the face at the same time, such as coconut oil. If you use a similar amount of each ingredient, you can create a paste that can be applied onto the wrinkled areas and leave it on overnight. Remember to rinse it off in the morning! If you do it for a few days, you will start to see great results!
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that give us the best results. If you feel like trying something cheap and cheerful to help you with your wrinkle woes, have a go at one of these. Natural ingredients are more than just a fad at the moment, they are scientifically proven to have long-lasting benefits for your skin. When you get a chance to try one, let us know how it goes!
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