So, you have entered your mid 30s and are already beginning to see the first signs of ageing. Soon you will be hitting 40. It is getting difficult to keep your real age a secret and as time passes, you watch yourself gradually lose that glow and shine from your face.

Wrinkling is caused by age, hereditary factors, smoking, prolonged exposure to sun, poor hydration etc. While skin ageing is inevitable, we opt for wrinkle treatment like an anti-wrinkle cream or an anti aging cream to look as young as we want to be. But, don’t you wish there was an easy way to erase them off like the swish of a wand? Here are simple, easy and absolutely safe tips on how to remove wrinkles.

  • SunscreenSunscreen

Exposure to sun is undoubtedly the No.1 cause for wrinkles.

Avoid going out in the sun as much as possible. When you must step out, always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before stepping out. It not only helps prevent tanning, but also protects you from wrinkles.

  • Quit smokingquit smoking

Recent studies are confirming that smoking ages skin. Smoke releases enzymes that breaks down collagen  in the skin, that keeps the tissues strong and elastin, that maintains the elasticity of the skin. Together, these help to ‘snap’ the skin back to original after it is stretched and keep them baby soft and wrinkle-free.

  • Sleepsleep

Adequate sleep is essential to maintain the youth on your face. A good night’s sleep produces ample amounts of human growth hormone that keeps your skin more elastic. Lack of sleep will release cortisol, the hormone that breaks down skin cells.

  • Avoid coffee, drink more cocoacocoa

Get caffeine out of your system and opt for a cup of steaming hot chocolate instead. A study found that cocoa contains important flavanols that protects the skin from sun damage and keeps skin hydrated and smooth.

  • Don’t squint

Avoid squinting while you read as the repeated overuse of the facial muscles can form a groove under the skin which eventually forms a wrinkle. Solution? Read in good light with your book at a safe distance from your eyes. If you are still finding it difficult to read, get prescription glasses.

  • Omega 3 fatty acidsfatty-acids

Omega 3 fatty acids help in nourishing the skin and keeping it healthy. Foods like flax seeds, chia seeds, tuna, salmon contain a good dose of omega 3 fatty acids. You can also take fish oil/ or cod liver oil capsules to complete your daily requirements.

  • Use a moisturizermosturizer

Instead of shelling out money on expensive wrinkle removal creams, investing in a simple moisturiser would also suffice. Moist skin hides lines and creases on the face and makes the skin taut.

  • Don’t wash your face too often

Repeated exposure to tap water will wash off the natural oils and moisture that protects wrinkles. Over washing could strip the protective layer.

Make use of these home remedies for wrinkles regularly to fight the signs of ageing. The best thing about these anti aging tips is that they are absolutely free and without any side effects. Saves time and money. It’s a win-win!

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M.B.B.S., MBA(Healthcare management), 5+ years experience

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