Last Modified on May 24, 2014
You look in the mirror, and what is staring you back in the face but a beautiful smile and bright eyes. Oh wait, we are all our own worst critics, so likely what you’re seeing when you look in the mirror are those fine lines around your mouth that situated themselves there after years of smiling and laughing with family and friends. You might also be noticing some slight wrinkles or lines around your eyes too…
While these “conditions” were once considered the result of a life well-lived, today lines and wrinkles are often seen as the result of ineffective beauty care. With an established focus on perfection, many individuals are turning to Botox to treat these conditions. If you aren’t interested in taking such drastic measures as injecting poison into your face, but you are looking to limit a few of those expression lines, try one of our five natural cures for wrinkles that don’t involve Botox. Just whatever you do, don’t stop expressing yourself (even if your wrinkle-free skin says otherwise).
5 Natural Wrinkle Remedies
While we’d love to diminish lines and wrinkles as much as the next person, we aren’t willing to do so in such a way that will actually cause the rest of our body to age prematurely. To avoid putting additional toxins in our bodies but to achieve the same wrinkle-free faces, we’ve researched and come up with five natural remedies that offer the same results as more invasive treatments.
We all know that acupressure offers restorative benefits, and the same holds true when the treatment is applied to your face. This treatment involves massaging the specific acupressure points on your face that are specifically connected to different areas of your skin. Using tiny, circular motions around the face and scalp combined with light but steady pressure, you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your skin for at least a limited period of time. This option also relieves stress, so you’ll prevent additional wrinkles by relieving anxiety and tension in your body, and you don’t even have to face a needle to do so.
2. Micro-Muscle Tightening
We all know that regular exercise tightens and tones the muscles in the rest of our bodies, so why not apply the same concept to our faces? While we’re not suggesting a regimen of stringent blinking or mouth movements, we have researched the beneficial effects of sound wave therapy. Many different battery-operated devices are available that emit sound waves applied directly to the skin and cause tiny muscle spasms to tighten and tone the skin. A regular “facial exercise session” sounds better than an appointment with a surgeon, doesn’t it?
3. Lifestyle Changes
As much as we know “you are what you eat,” it is also important to remember that the same applies for anything that you do. To prevent premature aging and reduce wrinkle-causing stress, limit sun exposure, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and limit exposure to cigarettes and secondhand smoke.
4. Flax Seed Oil
A number of natural supplements offer beneficial results for the skin, but flax seed oil appears to be the most potent. You’ll want to work your way up to a regular dosage of 1 tablespoon of oil up to 4 times a day. You’ll notice diminished forehead wrinkles first and experience a number of tightening effects in the skin.
No, washing your face with water isn’t an effective anti-wrinkle treatment; however, drinking plenty of it is. As the body is over 50% water, it goes without saying that enough water in the system supports good health. This option has the additional benefit of adding moisture, elasticity, and brilliancy to the skin and the rest of the body.
Whether you’ve experimented with more invasive treatment options or not, we suggest you try one of these 5 natural remedies. Let us know if you have another fabulous remedy that our readers might like to try to diminish wrinkles!
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[YEA] 02/10/2009: Harry from Walsenburg, Colorado, USA: "Facial Wrinkles: I use enough 100% Aloe-Gel to cover the area that I want to treat then apply enough vitamin E liquid to cover the same area well. (Vitamin E liquid is not an oil and will penetrate the skin well by using the Aloe as the vehicle.) I've been using this combination as an after shave for 18 years and don't have tell-tale wrinkles on my face. I'm 87 years old, and people take me for 20 years younger."Replies
04/05/2009: Andrea from London, UK replies: "Hi, this sounds great - congratulations! :) One question: can you mention something more about your overall life style etc? I guess that has a major impact on the state of your skin. Many thanks, Andrea"
[YEA] 09/06/2013: Jolene from El Paso, Texas: "I have started using organic argan oil on my face and neck about six months ago and let me say, I just love it!! The oil smoothes out wrinkles, evens skin tone and it leaves skin feeling super soft and supple as opposed to greasy like lotion does. I use it in the morning and nightly after washing my face."
09/19/2012: Shell from New Lex, Ohio, Usa: "Can borax really get rid of wrinkles? Is it safe to use on your skin?"
[YEA] 10/16/2011: Stacey from Abbotsford, Bc, Canada: "I wanted to share this awesome discovery I just made. I've been using the borax drink and read that one woman made it into a spray and used it on her face to get rid of moles. Curious, I thought I would try that as well and see what would happen. Amazingly, my big forehead wrinkle almost immediately started to reduce in size and depth. I am not joking!!
I used a small (2 oz) spray bottle, filled it with water and a small amount of borax to saturate, about 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon. I shook it up and lightly sprayed my face. It doesn't irritate the eyes though I'd use caution with the eye area. I'd also recommend removing makeup before doing this. I let my face dry and then sprayed again. (I did this about 5 times over the course of an hour or two. ) It's amazing! My whole face feels like it got a lift and it's only been 2 days!
I'm experimenting with my crows feet wrinkles using cotton balls soaked in the borax water. Will have to report on that later. I'm not 100% sure if this is permanent yet though it feels incredible :). I'll try to update in a few weeks. Good luck to all!"Replies
01/17/2012: Carol from Bridgetown, Barbados replies: "Stacey could you please tell me where can I buy borax from?"
02/23/2012: Ingupo from Manchester, England replies: "One place definitely would be amazon.com (or amazon. Co. uk if you're from England)."
02/26/2012: Ivonne from Frisco, Tx replies: "I had NEVER heard of it before... and SURPRISINGLY I have found it on the laundry detergent area in almost all of the grocery stores around."
03/15/2012: Gita from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "Stacey, I would really like to know how your experiment with Borax turned out. Did you find it to be a temporary measure or are you still using with positive results?"
03/21/2012: Raniya from Syracuse, Ny replies: "Borax is found in the detergent aisle in grocery store and also wal and kmart but I didn't know they drank it"
04/17/2012: "Has anyone tried the borax wrinkle treatment and does it really work? I have heard and tried so many things that don't work so I need some feed back please."
06/13/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "No worries. Borax is a mineral additive, and has no soap or fragrance in it. "Laundry' aisle is just how it is marketed, despite numerous (! ) other uses. Some of the newer boxes do have a "scented" version so watch out for that. Check ingredients for fragrance if unsure."
07/04/2012: Vreed27 from Edmonds, Wa replies: "Borax is relatively cheap at Walmart for just over $3.00."
10/25/2012: Jennifer from Eugene, Usa replies: "Are you sure that it is safe to use Borax Detergent on your face from the laundry isle? Laundry borax had detergent additives. You can get cosmetic grade borax( sodium Borate) from suppliers such as mountain rose herbs that do not have detergent additives and is specificly for use in cosmetics that will be on the skin. I use the cosmetic grade borax in lotions that I make and it isn't very expensive."
01/07/2013: Jami from Birmingham, Uk replies: "Any updates? YEA? Anybody? Does this work?"
01/07/2013: Linda from York County, Southern Maine replies: "Hi Jami - I can say that I've sprayed the borax/water on my face but cannot say I saw dramatic results, and that's probably because I didn't do it five times! I did, however, feel a tightening of my skin."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 04/15/2013: Kyrstn from Kent, Ohio replies: "I have been dabbing borax and water mixture on my forehead with cotton balls nightly 2-3 nights, 3-5 times every 3 weeks or so. I allow the mixture to dry and re-apply. I notice the face tightening up, but not permanently. I will continue to do this!"
[YEA] 02/04/2013: Mary from Moreno Valley, Ca: "Hi! I have been using castor oil on my wrinkles and let me say WOW it is working wonderfully. My crows feet are almost gone. I have had several people notice the difference. I have been doing this for 2 weeks. I love earth clinic ..."
[YEA] 07/27/2011: Ergo from Concored, Nh Usa: "It takes a while but it *does* work!
I've been using this for about 6 months now for treating wrinkles and, surprinslgly, it has worked: the lines around my eyes are essentially gone and the ones on my forehead have substantially softened (they were much deeper than the baby crow's feet I had), so maybe there's hope that, eventually, they'll go away, too.
The only downside is, as noted, is that it took 6 months to see any real results, but, man, if you're in no rush and want something that is dirt cheap (it's about $2 for a bottle that will last you months at Wal-Mart) this will, eventually! , do the trick."
03/29/2011: Sherry from Caldwell, Idaho, Usa: "I LOVE THIS SITE.... I HAVE DEEP WRINKLES AROUND MY EYES, WILL THE CASTOR OIL TREATMENT REALLY HELP, PLUS WILL IT TIGHTEN MY NECK AREA ? I can leave it on at bedtime and wash face in the morning and apply the C.O. for the day right ? I am sooo excited, someone please make me a believer and get back to me......thanks..."Replies
03/30/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi, be careful with Castor Oil on your eyes. Although quite a few people here have had good results my eyes got swollen over and over again, no idea why as I put all kinds of other creams on them without a problem. I never noticed any difference with wrinkles but then maybe I didn't try long enough. Drinking a lot of water may help to reduce wrinkles (although I don't notice much difference), taking MSM or Hyaluronic Acid which are both very good for the skin, VCO (although again I haven't noticed any difference), not using soap often, even moisturizing, natural ones.... Eating healthy food, plenty of fresh air, exercise, happy life.... All this will make you look healthier, even if you still have wrinkles! And make sure that you eat enough fat! A lot of people have been made afraid of fat and that will be a problem in the years to come as our body needs good fats like VCO, animal fats, olive oil, butter...... At 53 I don't have many wrinkles and I have just discovered that I have no gallbladder stones. I think that the reason is that I have never been afraid of eating fat! One more thing.... Get enough rest!"
01/07/2013: Dove from Earth, America replies: "Water, without question, is the best wrinkle remedy--at least 8 to 10 cups of filtered (or spring) water per day, throughout the day. Try a cup before and after meals. I usually drink this much, and in just skipping a day or two, bam, wrinkles are more noticeable. Remedy? Get back to drinking my water :-)
If you get swelling of the eyes, especially reeeeally bad swelling, from using certain oils in that area, it's likely mites/demodex/Morgellons. It's the mites reaction, going for the eyes to escape the oil. They especially seem to dislike Vit E oil, but they'll go for the eyes every time (will also cause blurred vision in those moments) when something is put on the face they don't like. Once the mites issue is addressed, and the mite numbers are at least reduced significantly, you won't get the swelling anymore. They're tiny (microscopic in first stages), but in large numbers, it's understandable it would cause swelling in the eyes. Get a lot of "sleepy stuff" in the corners of your eyes?... Yeast, mite goo, melted mites
04/07/2014: Dee from Portland, US replies: "Hello -- in response to your question about using castor oil around the eyes. I have used virgin pure castor oil (this is the only kind you should use ... you can find it at your health food store for a low price) on my eyelids each night. It helps me sleep. I also use an eye mask that keeps the oil warm on my skin and probably helps with absorbtion. I have never had a problem, even after using this remedy probably more than a hundred times in the past year. Even if I apply too much oil, and I wake up the next day with oil in my eyes, it clears up quickly. My lashes have grown longer and my brows are back to the way they looked in my 20s, no kidding (I'm in my 50s). Before using castor oil, my brows had grown progressively thinner and sparser, to the point that I was using makeup to fill them in. This just isn't needed any longer.
Try getting a good padded eye mask that you won't mind getting the oil on. I have a brand that I got on amazon which is called D***y. For about $18, this mask will last you years. Don't launder, but hand wash. The mask really helps the eyes relax with the castor oil and helps the oil to absorb well.
Finally, check out facial smoothies products. These are strips that you apply to your wrinkles. They smooth out the wrinkles over night.
My protocol for wrinkles now is this: I apply pure hyalauronic acid with a drop of castor oil over all my skin, let it dry (the hyaluronic acid dries quickly), then apply facial smoothy strips over my laugh lines and over my frown lines. Then I apply pure castor oil to my eyelids and smooth it up into my brows and down so it hits my eyelashes. I put on my facemask and slumber. The next morning, I have no wrinkles.
Once a week I will begin to use the derma rollers. There are several brands of these. You must go gently with these, but these have really worked, too, when I have tried them on my deeper laugh lines, but you must use them as instructed, I.e., no more than once a week, no more than four or five swipes across the wrinkles, and then cover with a good healing serum (or castor oil).
I hope this helps. In short, I have had no problem using pure unrefined castor oil around my eyes at night."
[YEA] 03/01/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "For the past month or so I have been testing a simple alternative remedy for wrinkles around my eyes which are substantial. This problem goes back to before I had candida, where I had rather large bags under my eyes which usually indicates insufficiency and problems with the kidney or liver in the body. Since curing my candida (and resolving the kidney/liver issues), my eye bags have become rather pronounced and wrinkly empty sacks!! This is quite annoying and looks awful. So I had to consider how to revive and tighten all that loose skin back to normal again.
So what I have done to cure this wrinkling and loose baggage around my eyesockets was to use the following simple protocol:
* Tip a bottle of castor oil against my left middle finger. Tip another bottle of VCO against my right middle finger(ie use a 50-50 mix of castor oil and VCO). Then mix both the oils together by rubbing the middle fingers against each other.
* Apply this mix thoroughly to each eye socket, including eyelids and eyebrows so that there is an even coating of oil that is not so oily.
* You can use and apply this remedy at any anytime, but I did it in the evening before sleep. I applied it 3-4 times a week. I used breaks in the protocol in order to allow the skin around the eyes to oxygenate, revive and heal.
* After showers and cleaning the eye sockets throughly, I also dabbed 3% Hydrogen Peroxide carefully around the eye socket and eyelids (don't get it in your eyes) to both help kill bacteria etc and to also help oxygenate and revive the skin in that area.
I have used this simple remedy for only about a month with very good results. Not only has it greatly reduced the wrinkling around the eye sockets but this remedy also seems to tighten the skin, such that my empty bags look like normal skin under the eyes now. I also noticed improvement in my eyelashes -- longer and thicker now. It also cured something which affects older people -- which can only be described as the "hollow looking eye socket problem" that normally occurs and is noticed first thing in the morning when you look in a mirror.
My interest and reasons for using such a remedy was spurred for several reasons. First, I've recently read some disturbing research that has confirmed that particularly fungi and yeast can exist and indeed can proliferate, unseen and unnoticed, in the sub-epidermal layers of the skin without detection. I further reasoned that, because so much gunk collects around the eyes, that the skin around the eyes was therefore a perfect feeding environment for proliferation of bacteria as well as fungus and such.
So I simply combined two well-known anti-fungal and anti-bacterial oils plus HP (for skin oxygenation and as a broadband pathogen killer) to get rid of the wrinkle problem and it all seems to have worked quite well and is a very economical way of resolving these problems. I'm still using it."Replies
03/02/2012: Lily from Dunkirk, Ny replies: "Hi, Bill does VCO stand for Virgin Coconut Oil? and thank you for sharing with us :)"
03/02/2012: Susan from New York replies: "Bill from San Fernando, How often do you recommend to dab 3% Peroxide?
* After showers and cleaning the eye sockets throughly, I also dabbed 3% Hydrogen Peroxide carefully around the eye socket and eyelids (don't get it in your eyes) to both help kill bacteria etc and to also help oxygenate and revive the skin in that area."
03/02/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Susan... It's best to just lightly dab and spread the hydrogen peroxide in and around the eye sockets with a fingertip after showers with your eyes closed or do this when you are taking breaks from from the oil application. I did it about once or twice a day roughly. I just rubbed HP lightly over the area, making sure not to get any in the eyes."
03/03/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Sounds promising Bill.... Did you dilute the HP? I have tried the VCO with the Castor oil and actually it works great because the Castor Oil becomes easier to spread. I have tried the cling film on it as someone suggested it. I will see how it progresses. I look quite young, a pity these bags under my eyes! I read it can be a result of dry eyes, also iodine deficiency.... My eyes don't seem to be dry anymore and I am taking iodine."
03/04/2012: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Bill, Your opinions are highly appreciated. On this subject, my questions are, to start with is it advisable to mix equal quantity of VCO and castor oil in a small bottle and use one finger after shaking the bottle and doing what you have done by mixing on the two fingers. Secondly the castor oil which I have is refined and says not for medicinal use, is it ok to use. Then, H2O2 which I have is not the food grade and has stabilizer in it, is it ok to use.
Also I would like your opinion on H2O2 which is not food grade and has stabilizer in it, should it be used for internal purposes since the food grade is not available.
Thanks a lot. Baldev"
09/22/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I have an empty dropper bottle I got at the health food store for like $2, and have filled it 50-50 with VCO and castor oil. I shake it before use, and have begun using it nightly around my eyes. First few days skin seems a lot softer, but bag and lines are still being worked on. If this can work, I will save myself literally thousands in eye creams over the coming decades!"
02/18/2014: Dym from Tennessee replies: "Bill, I'm curious about how you resolved your kidney/liver issues as it relates to your eyebags. Did you resolve it naturally? A simple detox? What did you find the problem to be?"
05/24/2014: Maria from Houston, Tx , United States replies: "Hi Bill, My mom was born in San Fernando. I have read that Castor Oil is also a good remedy for skin problems and a host of others. x"
03/23/2013: Tim from Cincinnati, Oh: "I have been reading reviews of the supplement DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) and wanted to know if anybody could share their experience with it. It is supposed to increase attention and short term memory as well as help reduce wrinkles. I have heard many different recommendations for dosages and I'm sure that everyone is different but I wanted to read what worked for you if you have used it."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/25/2013: Cecilia from Deerfield, Ma replies: "I tried it for the reasons you mention but it gave me a terrible headache at the back of my head and down my neck. It took me a few days to figure out that it was the DMAE. Once I stopped taking it, the headaches went away. I was taking 250mg, one time per day."
[YEA] 03/24/2006: Anonymous : "Emu oil and Aloe Vera Gel cures wrinkles, pimples, dry skin, flaky complexion, dull-appearing skin etc. 100% pure emu oil and concentrated aloe vera juice/gel moisten the epidermis of the skin and really make one's skin glow, the aloe tightening the pores and diminishing wrinkles. the EMU OIL has a very small molecule, almost identical the body's own sebum, which can reach deep within the epidermal layers and plump skin. both impove skin tone and overall texture."Replies
01/18/2012: Giny from North Bay, Ontario, Canada replies: "Do you mix them together or use them separately?"
[YEA] 01/22/2012: Sirra from Cairns, Qld. Australia replies: "I do the same by mixing it but don't use a electric blender. It will give you great results. Been using this mix for 15 years."
01/23/2012: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa replies: "What are the proportions when mixing the emu oil and aloe vera gel? Thanks"
[YEA] 02/19/2012: Lorraine from Littleton, Co replies: "I LOVE Emu Oil. Also fantastic on zits. Mine are nearly gone the next morning if I apply at night."
11/18/2012: Mel from Pioneer, Ohio replies: "Where do you get Emu oil?"
01/03/2014: Rosie from Santa Cruz, Ca: "Here's a random question: does anyone have any experience or tips on how to do facial yoga?"Replies
01/18/2014: Cheryl from Newcastle, Australia replies: "There is a website and YouTube of Facial Yoga Method.. the ladies name is Fumiko - she is very good."
04/30/2011: Justin from Toronto, Ontario: "Do you have to rub flax seed oil on your face? or take it in your mouth to help get rid of forehead wrinkles? and how long until you see results, will rubbing it on your face harm it in any way (clog pores) please respond to the email provided."Replies
04/11/2013: Anna from Ottawa, Canada replies: "Oil pulling with flax or taking it orally. Adding it to smoothies or oatmeal is an easy way to take it."
06/13/2012: Sandy from Lancaster, Ohio: "I have read that purslane can with wrinkles. Is there anyone who has tried this and what was the results?"Replies
09/01/2013: Karen from Clarkston, Mi replies: "I have been taking Diatomaceous Earth ( Food Grade ) which contains silica. Silica is great for the skin, hair, connective tissues.
My skin has looked great since I have taken this. Each morning you put DE into a glass of water or juice and drink it. It cleans your intestinal out too. My nails have never looked so good. I get compliments on my skin all the time. Women 20 years younger than me have wrinkles all around their eyes, where mine are just starting to show.
Make sure you get the food grade Diatomaceous Earth, which can be found at most all health food stores. It has so many other uses too. Gardening, keeps the bugs away from the plants, pets, deworming both humans and animals, etc.
Virgin Coconut Oil is great for the skin too. Cod liver oil daily consumption is supposed to be great for the skin. It needs to be a very good brand. Green Pastures makes a great Cod Liver Oil that is promising too."
02/22/2011: Joni from Madison, Wi.: "O.K. I have read most of the subjects. All I would like to know from someone is what in time have they use and know for sure it works!!! In regards to sagging skin wrinkles etc. I just want to take care of this but everyone really doesn't sound sure theirs work. thank you, gjmayes(at)hotmail(dot)com
I just want to live a long life."
01/22/2012: Sirra from Cairns, Qld. Australia replies: "Hi, I have been using the Aloe Vera Plant for nearly 15 years and got great results and positive comments by how young I look. I am 61 years and most people think I am 50. I am very happy with my own home made cream and will keep using it.
Thank for reading, Sirra"
01/23/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Hi Sirra, do you use the plant or do you make a cream from it?"
01/23/2012: Kalki from Mumbai, India replies: "Could you share details of your homemade cream especially if it is moisturising? I have very dry skin due to after effects of facial eczema."
02/27/2009: R. A. from Olympia, WA: "I'm looking for the ultimate skin care/cure for wrinkles and aging skin. What really works to get rid of wrinkles around the face and eyes, etc. We all know that skin ages, and need to learn to be comfortable "in our own skin." However, I'm at an age where I'd like to stop the maintenance and go for prevention. I've researched all kinds of things on the web, but am more confused that ever. What really, really works to correct aging skin? Face lifts, botox, etc. are not an option.
What would a naturopath or physician recommend in terms of a complete skin maintenance routine? I've got the basics down in terms of living a healthy lifestyle (food, water, yoga, exercise, sleep, natural skincare products, etc.) , but with so many products, and so much hype, out there, what really works? What is the simplest, most effective product for the face and eyes?
My skin is in relatively good condition. However, I'm in the sun a lot, and tanned intensely when I was young. I want something that really works. I have tried natural skin care for years, Hauschka, Weleda,B.Bees, etc., as well as Dept. store brands, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Murad, etc. Has anyone really happened on to a real miracle cure, or what's all the hype about various products on-line? I really want to know what others have found out, product comparisons, and if there is something, besides basic maintenance that outdoorsy folks who prefer natural products can use."
[YEA] 02/28/2009: Deborah from Denison, TX replies: "I make my own sea salt & VCO scrub to use in the shower to exfoliate and soften all over. Dry brushing and cold showers will make your skin baby soft & pink. For my face I wash my face, neck and hands with baking soda and then I use ACV as a toner. The ACV can be diluted but it is like a natural chemical peel. But do not go out in the direct sun with it on because it will increase the redness of your skin or do anything to sweat because it will sting your eyes. After the ACV I use VCO as my only moisturizer which is all natural. I also put my green or white tea bags on my eyes as I drink my tea each day. I keep a small daily bottle of green tea to mist my face. For age spots I put hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and tape to the spot overnight. I have people tell me daily that I do not look 50 and I tell them I do not feel 50."
02/28/2009: Andrea from Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi R.A. Have you researched facial exercises? I have had surprisingly wonderful results from doing them. Eyes will open, eyebags will decrease as the first noticeable results, cheeks lift and plump to pull skin back up which has sagged down over jaw and into neck. Lip lines have diminished greatly! It's natural and also helps to remove toxins from the tissues and your complexion changes and evens out and you have a gradual youthful look developing. I could write a very long post on this however, I would suggest you reaearch a "specific" program not just do free exercises off the internet. The face muscles all need to build together properly. I am in my 7th week and could not be happier, the face will lift in stages gradually, but the eyes respond very quickly, within a week or less. I don't think we are allowed to advertise names so I won't. I will include 2 links at a forum if you would like to read others comments on what they have done. Good information to start out your research with. Facial exercises done properly do NOT cause wrinkles, over time the muscles build, they learn to snap back to a flat position again and smooth out the skin. Also doing your own facial massage pinching the skin encourages a thickening of the skin, No it doesn't stretch it. I've used many topical expensive skin care lines and they only treat the skin, I've never had results like what the exercises have given to me, likely cause now I'm working the muscles beneath the skin which encourage circulation and good things to feed the face. Good luck, hope this helps in some way.
03/01/2009: R. A. from Olympia, WA replies: "Thanks for your suggestions.
OK. ACV= Apple Cider Vinegar. What does VCO mean? Vit. C Oil? Not sure what this is?
Here's what I'm dong so far. I have made up my own lotion of: Pure Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba oil, emu oil, Vit. E Oil, essential oil of Rose Otto, essential oil of honey. I plan to supplement it with Hauschka, Weleda, and Sage (from Canada) products, and Sea Butter. Will let you know how it goes.
I have made a spritzer of: Well water, Rose water, Orange Blossom Water, essentail Rose Oil and Honey oil
I will also use these treatments, along with coconut oil, for my body and hair. For conditioning and covering gray, I have made a mixture of cheap beer, sage, Rosemary, lavender, and rose petals, which I boil down--then add essential oil of Rose, and spritz onto hair. I then add coconut oil to hair, wrap, and leave overnight, and wash with Shea Butter Shampoo with honey in the a.m. It "softens" the gray, but so far it is sill visible.
I will try the face exercises. They could be key.
I will also try ACV diluted, and rotate with h.peroxide with rose water as toner. I am also trying the oil pulling method for teeth, gums, and breath. I am drinking coffee, green tea, nettle tea, and ACV with honey, along with a healthy diet. Of course yoga, hiking and biking.
Will let folks know how things go. Still have mild streaks of gray,which are getting blended in with my hair--but are still there. My skin is in good condition--but still have the 11's (elevens) between the eyebrow, and slight wrinkles around my eyes when laughing. Coloring or using henna would get rid of any gray, and Botox would get rid of the 11 (elevens) between the eyes, and slight wrinkles. Is there any natural product that does this extreme stuff ? Still looking for the magic silver "bullet,"
I love the idea that I am aging gracefully and naturally. I love the idea of becoming and elder--and of slowly developing a full head of silver hair as I do not dye or use chemicals. However, if there are natural ways to at least ease those "frown" lines. Again, I will try the facial exercises. This may be the key, but days are busy, and I'd really have to make a point of fitting them in. Still, I will see how it works, nd will check back with my results. Thanks for the links.
Am grateful for peoples' responses, thoughts, suggestions, comments, and this website."
EC: VCO = Virgin Coconut Oil
03/07/2012: Ellenf from Leander, Tx replies: "I am 40 and have used soo many different skin care products... Some of them very expensive. The closest thing to a miracle I have experienced is ACV (either full strength or 1:1 with water) as a toner, applying with a cotton ball (not dripping wet-squeeze out the excess ACV before applying), especially on eye wrinkles. You must be careful applying around the eyes because the ACV fumes are strong. I close my eyes while applying and then fan them with my hands until the ACV dries. I follow immediately with VCO. My eyes look 5 years younger in just 3 weeks. It has also helped greatly with my dark circles and the darkness I had on either side of nose in my eye socket area. I can't recommend this enough!"
03/09/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Ellen, I am 14 years older than you but I am going to give your suggestion a try! Maybe I go on with Bill's coconut oil and castor oil suggestion but first I will dab a bit of ACV, maybe diluted in water as in the past I had the idea that ACV undiluted was maybe a bit too harsh for my skin."
03/13/2012: Ellen from Leander, Tx replies: "Francisca-I hope it works as well for you as it has for me! Let me know how you like it. It's been almost another week now, and my eye wrinkles look even better. I wonder how they'll look in a few months."