You've probably heard of words like CoQ 10, Peptides, Glycolic acid, Collagen fillers or any of the other "scientific" wrinkle busting skincare terms you are constantly exposed to in advertising.
Wrinkle creams, serums and lotions contain a wide variety of ingredients depending on which brand you buy and what they claim works for your skin.
While it is true that ingredients like A, C, E and K stimulate collagen production and smooth skin, they aren't hidden away in some vault that only skin care scientists have access to.
Many of these complex sounding "beneficial active wrinkle defying" ingredients that you expect to pay good money for in skin care ranges, may have been given fancy commercial names for added "marketability", but are in fact readily available in their natural concentrated form in fruits, vegetables, base and essential oils.
Most of these ingredients are in fact a derivative of a naturally occurring vitamin, mineral, peptide or enzyme that is either manufactured in it's cheaper synthetic form or extracted from a natural source.
Chemical ingredients vs natural ingredients:
Skin care products contain ingredients including emollients, humectants, stabilisers, fragrance and preservatives which form the base of a product that "active" ingredients are added to. Some are chemical based with potential side effects like irritation and sekin sebum production imbalances.
Emollients are an example of a common ingredient. These bind liquid and oils together and help to lock in moisture. An example of an emollient might be petroleum or some natural products contain naturally derived beeswax.
Humectants are another commonly used ingredient, these draw moisture from the air. Propylene glycol is a popular chemical humectant, so is honey, aloe vera, castor oil and glycerin. Many oils like Jojoba oil (actually a plant wax) is a natural emollient and highly benefical when used with other oils.
Many people have sensitivities to synthetic ingredients and don't even know it. Some signs of flaking, ageing and dehydration are a symptom of skin sensitivity that can easily be corrected using natural alternatives to chemical ingredients.
Why use natural wrinkle remedies for getting rid of wrinkles?
Cost: Natural ingredients are much cheaper to buy and use. Most ingredients are available from your local grocery store or are already in your home.
Freshness: You've probably heard the saying "fresh is best". Well the same applies to skin care ingredients. The highest concentrations of vitamins including A, C, E and K or enzymes are in fresh almost overripe fruits that you can use to enhance your skin. Fruits like papaya and pineapple also contain papain, a protein dissolving stimulating enzyme.
Your skin specific: No one has the same skin - so why use a product that may not suit you. Making your own skin care recipes means you can add all of the ingredients that are best for your skin type and condition.
Essential oils to get rid of wrinkles:
Essential oils contain some of the most potent concentrations of benefical nutrients for skin. You can make numerous serums to moisturize, balance, regenerate and rejuvenate skin.
Use them every day and your skin will look and feel softer, smoother and more radiant!
Here are the top essential oils for wrinkles:
- Violet leaf
- German chamomile
- Palma Rosa
Using oils like rose oil and rosehip oil on a regular basis will rehydrate dry skin, others reduce red veins and pores or can help with other skin issues, but today I am going to share with you my favorite wrinkle recipe.
Here is my favourite of all my natural wrinkle remedies. It is a very potent effective recipe which will exfoliate skin, stimulate cell growth and collagen production and smooth skin.
Best serum recipe for getting rid of wrinkles around eyes or mouth:
8 tablespoons wheat germ oil (or almond oil)
2 drops each of Frankincense or Fennel oil. (Can just use frankincense).
5 drops carrot seed oil
3 drops avocado oil
10 drops rose hip oil
5 drops borage (starflower) oil
Wheatgerm oil increases collagen production and is also reputed to repair your DNA.
Carrot seed oil contains vitamin C, and A, both excellent for anti-aging. The other oils stimulate collagen production and cell renewal.
Blend these oils together well. Apply twice daily for ten days and then every few days as required. A blend of this oil will last a very long time, you only need a tiny amount around effected areas. Applied daily over ten days, you should see a big difference in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Store blend in a glass dropper bottle out of direct sunlight.
Ten Day In Between Papaya Or Pineapple Wrinkle Mask:
Apply mashed papaya, pineapple, kiwifruit or canteloupe to wrinkles areas for ten minutes every day. Wash off after no more than ten minutes as the enzymes in these fruits are very strong. This will also help to exfoliate and stimulate skin. You can also add some honey and molasses to this mask for extra nourishiment followed by the serum. Do this for ten days and then use weekly or as desired.
The oil blend is a recipe with many ingredients, there are many simpler recipes you can make but this is my pick for the most potent and effective recipe for wrinkles around your eyes and mouth especially.
If you are worried about buying these oils, there are alternatives but you will be happy to know that many of these oils can be used for a multitude of other purposes medicinally and even for household cleaning. You only need a small amount of these oils as they last a very long time.
By Mia Gordon