Wrinkles are most common on the face, especially under the eyes and around the mouth-the parts of our face people look at the most. Our hands and necks get wrinkly too! Luckily, sunscreen is not the only preventative measure available, and retinol and plastic surgery are not the only options for repairing already damaged skin. In this “wrinkles remedy roundup,” I will share five easily accessible products, any of which can help prevent and minimize wrinkles by tightening, nourishing, and moisturizing the skin. Let me know which one you like best!
- Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is a clear, gentle liquid commonly available in local grocery stores. It contains tannins, astringent biomolecules, that tighten skin. This can reduce the appearance of both pores and wrinkles. It is often used in professional facials and is a common ingredient in toners. Apply it to a cotton pad after cleansing and wipe the planes of your face. You will actually feel your skin tingle and tighten. Enjoy!
2. Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Prickly Pear Seed Oil smells lightly of pears, and it feels like velvet when applied to the skin. It tightens wrinkles and shrinks pores, and it can double as a moisturizer. It can be used alone or after applying Witch Hazel. It scores a 1-2 on the comedogenic scale, so it is unlikely to clog pores. The company Leven Rose is my favorite source for Prickly Pear Seed Oil.
- Lavender Oil
Lavender Oil has a superpower: it helps the body neutralize free radicals (unstable atoms that cause cell damage). It helps our bodies produce three key antioxidants–glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase–which work together to slow the aging process. Lavender oil penetrates the skin deeply, and despite feeling like a “dry oil,” is quite moisturizing and soothes inflammation. Lavender is a great addition to oil cleansing mixtures. It also smells so delightful that I’ve started wearing it as a perfume. Subtle. Floral. Wonderful!
2. Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranates are good for everything, right? The oil from their seeds is especially useful. Packed with antioxidants, this oil is also full of Omega 5, aka punicic acid, which hydrates the skin and aids in cell repair and growth. It is also a rare plant source of conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid that hydrates skin and hair. Pomegranate Seed Oil has a comedogenic rating of 1, which means it is unlikely to clog pores! The oil smells pleasantly fruity and feels like a warm balm on your face. Try it in my DIY Cooling Blueberry Balm.
- Hemp Seed Oil
Lastly, Hemp Seed Oil is hands down the best moisturizer I’ve ever tried. It is soft, creamy, and it has a comedogenic rating of ZERO, which means it will not clog pores. It is anti-inflammatory, soothes red, irritated skin, and helps the skin retain moisture. It has a nutty scent that takes some getting used to. You can find out here why you should never use it with a washcloth!
Let me know your favorites!