While we review a lot of eye serums on this website to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, there are also other (though less effective) ways to combat them with items that you have around the house. There are so many infomercials late at night touting “natural” skin care products, but with so much misinformation out there it’s hard to know exactly what will get the job done and what is just hype. Here are a few of the more popular remedies that I’ve come across that you may want to try out. Mind you, these can’t compete with products that are specially formulated for wrinkle fighting, but they can leave you better off than before.
You see this all the time on TV whenever a sitcom character goes to the spa. It’s become pretty stereotypical of spa treatments in media over the years, but there is evidence behind its use. The skin around the eye is particularly thin, and gets thinner as we age, and lose its firmness which leads to wrinkles. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that release tension in the skin and allow for proper blood flow. They also have moisturizing qualities to keep your skin hydrated.
To use this treatment, cut two thick slices of cucumbers and lay down on your back (or lay your head back while seated), close your eyes, and place the slices on your eyelids. It is best to do this while the slices are still cold as this will help reduce any puffiness or swelling as well.
Like with any skin care routine, this needs to be done on a regular basis to see the full effects of their use.
Papaya Face Masks
To return moisture to the skin, we recommend using a retinoid cream that is specially formulated for just this purpose. If you are lacking that and not wanting to go shopping for such a product, an alternative is applying a face mask made of papaya. It is claimed that the papaya fruit can help tighten the skin and reduce the depth of wrinkles, creases and fine lines. Papaya, like any fruit, is also packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A (which has similar properties as retinol) and beta carotene.
To apply this face mask, grind a papaya into a fine paste and spread it evenly across the face and let it sit for around 15 minutes. Follow it up with an exfoliation and cleanser to clean your face.
Your body slows down the production of skin cells as you get older which can increase the likelihood of wrinkles. With less cell turnover, it is important to use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells to allow better production of new cells and keep pores unclogged. While there are many strong exfoliators on the market, they can also be a bit expensive. Luckily there is an alternative right in your kitchen. You can use a lemon scrub for the same purpose as it has a high acid content that destroys skin cells and allows new cells to take their place.
While none of these home remedies will bring as strong results as you would get from an over the counter product or a prescription from your dermatologist, you can try them out without spending much money and having no risk. What’s your favorite home remedy? Please comment below.