Can you get rid of wrinkles and fine lines naturally?
There’s good news for anyone dealing with the signs of aging. You CAN soften the look of fine lines and slow down the onset of deep wrinkles without the use of Botox.
The key to to preventing fine lines from turning into wrinkles is to start preventative care early and be consistent with your routine. Think about a piece of clay. If you make a crease in that piece of clay and do nothing to it but let it dry, it becomes permanent. Skin can be the same way.
Movement and moisture are two important keys when it comes to smoothing fine lines.
Botox limits facial muscles from moving so you don’t crease the skin and start the chain of events that lead to deep set wrinkles. But, a lot of us ACTUALLY want our faces to move. It’s a good thing!
4 ways to soften fine lines and wrinkles
1. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Exfoliants
AHAs exfoliate the top layers of the skin to smooth texture and increase cellular turnover, as well as stimulating collagen production. Exfoliating regularly, such as 2-3x per week with an alpha hydroxy acid can help reduce the look of fine lines.
Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular weight of the AHAs and can penetrate deeply into the skin. The concentration and pH of the acid determines how effective it is at reversing skin damage. Unless you use a version that’s kind to your skin, like the Consonant Maximum Glycolic Meta Serum.
2. Use retinol for wrinkles and anti-aging
Retinol works deeper than an exfoliator to boost collagen and elasticity. It can be used in the same routine as glycolic acid, just use each product less and alternate days. (Read more about retinol in this post, “What is retinol and should I use it? )
Go slow when you first begin using retinol. Start by apply it on clean, dry skin 1-2 nights per week. As your skin adjusts, increase to every other night. Your skin will eventually adapt to the retinoic acid, and you may be able to use retinol more frequently. Some redness and flaking is normal, but if your skin burns and becomes irritated, use the moisturizer “sandwich” approach. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer first and let it dry, before applying the retinol. Let it dry completely and follow up with another application of moisturizer as the last layer.
3. Keep skin moisturized to get rid of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Fine lines are more noticeable on dry skin so keep your skin well hydrated with both water- soluble moisture, like hyaluronic acid, and oil-based moisture. When you do apply moisturizing ingredients like serum, lotion, or oil, apply them on damp skin. This will helps trap water on surface cells and acts as a barrier for moisture loss. It’s particularly important to apply oil on damp skin, which prevents it from sitting on top of the skin. Follow this tip and you will automatically make your moisturizer more effective!
4. Use facial massage to soften and relax fine lines naturally
Get into the habit of giving yourself a facial massage. Every night, apply an oil like argan or a blend of botanical oils on top of your moisturizer to lock in hydration and provide ‘slip’ to massage skin. Facial massage help increase circulation, tighten, and tone the face. If you’re still experiencing breakouts and afraid that an oil will make your skin worse, try Black Cumin Seed Oil . This will help inflammation but feed your skin with beneficial “anti-aging” fatty acids. For added benefit, try using a facial massage tool, like gua sha stones, jade roller, or facial cupping.