With age, your skin begins to lose its elasticity and firmness. This is a major cause of natural skin aging. However, there are effective home remedies that can help to slow the aging process and maintain firm skin. Other factors that can lead to aging and skin damage are poor blood circulation and genetics. Here are discussed 10 signs of skin aging and how you can fix them.
- Crow’s feet – Crow’s feet are said to be the first signs of aging. These are fine lines that form at the outside corners of your eyes. They start appearing in a person during the mid-20s and become more visible with age. Since the production of collagen and elating decreases due to age, the soft skin around the eyes seems to develop small lines quickly. Massage vitamin E oil gently around the eyes for a few minutes and twice daily. You may apply Aloe Vera gel around the eyes before going to bed.
- Wrinkles – Wrinkles are the folds, creases or fine lines formed on the skin that usually occurs in a person with age. It is a sign of natural aging that usually begins after 25. Wrinkles are commonly found on the neck, face, back of the hands and top of the forearms. Massage the affected skin with warm coconut or olive oil to reduce wrinkles by keeping the skin moisturized and regenerating the skin cells. Apply a mask of mashed ripe banana, avocado or papaya for 30 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this at least 2 or 3 times in a week.
- Dry skin – Your well-hydrated skin may become dry and rough, and this can be a sign of skin aging. As you become old, your skin fails to produce sufficient natural oils to keep it soft and supple. This causes the top layers to become dry and rough. Also, the cell renewal rate of your skin decreases with age. Put olive oil on the skin and massage lightly for 30 minutes before going for a shower. Apply a light moisturizer after a shower. You may rub milk cream or honey all over the body and leave it for 5 minutes before taking a bath.
- Saggy skin – Another sign of aging is sagging skin that occurs due to loss of skin elasticity with age. Your skin loses some of its self-moisturizing components that can lead to saggy and loose skin. The skin remains soft and supple at a young age due to strong connective tissues, easting, and collagen. But these tissues become weak and damaged due to age. Egg white mask is one of the best treatments for your saggy skin. You may add 1 tablespoon of yogurt to 1 egg white and mix them together. Apply the mixture on the neck and face and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this for at least 2 or 3 times every week. Massage with warm coconut or olive oil daily to tighten your loose skin and keep it firm and smooth.
- Age spots and discolored skin tone – Discolored skin tone, also called hyperpigmentation, may occur due to various factors and age is just one amongst them. If the skin produces excessive melanin that occurs due to hormonal changes in the body with age, this can make some skin areas appear dark. Besides, excessive sun exposure, burns, skin injuries, stress or direct contact with certain chemicals can cause hyperpigmentation. Rub lemon juice on the skin with a cotton ball. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Do this two times in a day. Apply Aloe Vera gel on the hyper-pigmented skin and leave it overnight and rinse it off in the morning.
- Turkey neck – Your age can leave its mark on the neck. The skin on the neck becomes thinner than other parts of the body and this causes loss of elasticity due to age. This may lead to “turkey neck”, which is the flabby and loose skin. Other than natural aging, sun exposure, extreme fluctuation in weight and genetics can cause turkey neck. Pamper the neck skin with a good moisturizer daily to prevent turkey neck. Use a sunscreen with 30 SPF or even more to fight sun damage.
- Dark circles under your eyes – The skin around the eyes is extremely thin and becomes even thinner with age. Also, loss of fat and collagen with age makes the skin more translucent thus, making the blood vessels under the eyes more visible. This change in skin texture and collagen production may cause dark circles under your eyes, making you look older than your age. Apply almond oil or shea butter on the dark circles and massage it gently on the skin before going to bed. You may soak cotton eye pads in rose water and put them on the closed eyelids for nearly 15 minutes, twice daily.
- Large pores – Pores are said to be small openings on the skin surface that seem to get bigger and more prominent due to age. While smaller and tighter pores make the skin look young and healthier, large and open pores can make your skin appear aged. Ice can help shrink large pores due to its skin-tightening effect. You may take some ice in a piece of cloth and then rub it on the affected skin for 5 minutes few times in a day. Apply apple cider vinegar to the skin to decrease large pores and restore the pH balance of your skin.
- Droopy eyelids – Droopy eyelids usually occur when the edge of upper eyelid falls to a lower position than normal. This problem is seen as the skin around your eyes loses its elasticity, affecting its ability to maintain an increased weight of eyelid skin tissue. Apart from aging, other causes include sun exposure, allergies, fatigue, fluid retention and thyroid dysfunction. Gentle massage around the eyes can help in improving blood circulation that lessens droopy eyelids. Apply a few drops of coconut or olive oil for massaging and do this daily at night before going to bed. Protect your eyes from harmful sun rays by wearing a sunglass and hat.
- Puffy eyes – Excessive crying, insufficient sleep, allergic reactions, and hangovers can cause eye puffiness for a day or two. But if you are having puffy eyes persistently, it is a sign of aging. Apply thick cucumber slices or cold black tea bags over the eyelids for at least 10 to 15 minutes few times in a day to lessen puffiness. You may chill the tea bags or cucumber slices by keeping them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before applying them.