As we age, wrinkles come with the territory. For some, however, they can be worse than for others. This is especially true for smokers. Whether you have quit smoking or continue to smoke, smoker's wrinkles are especially obvious. While there is no way to actually rid yourself of smoker's wrinkles, there are some simple steps you can take to minimize the appearance of them.
Things You'll Need
- Multi-vitamin and Vitamin C supplements
- Coconut oil
- Egg white
- Lemon juice
The first step to take to minimize the appearance of smoker's wrinkles and to prevent the formation of new ones is to quit smoking. Wrinkles are a direct result of free radicals in your body, and smoking is one of the biggest producers of free radicals. If you have already quit, try some of the steps below.
One thing free radicals do is break down the collagen and elastin production within the body. The proper amount of vitamins and minerals helps to defend against this breakdown, especially Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both of these vitamins encourage the production of collagen and elastin, making the skin supple and youthful looking. Smoking depletes the body's reserves of Vitamin C, so it is imperative to supplement.
The lip wrinkles that are common to smokers are caused by repetitive movements of those particular muscles of the face. One way to minimize the overuse of these muscles is to give yourself a facial massage, massaging all muscle groups in the face. Taking a few drops of coconut oil and putting them on your fingertips, massage your face with small, circular strokes being especially gentle around the eye area. When finished, wash the oil off your face and pat dry.
Each night before bed, after cleansing your face, apply a thin layer of vaseline to your lip and mouth area. This helps prevent the skin cells from drying out further.
A treatment for minimizing wrinkles that can be made at home is to take one egg white and whisk it until frothy. Add 2 drops of lemon juice and two drops of honey. Mix the ingredients together, and rub on your face and neck. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. Rinse it completely off your face and neck. Pat dry with a towel.
Drink lots of water. Smoking can dehydrate the skin, so additional water is necessary. It hydrates the skin and plumps it out.