Wrinkles are a normal part of aging. It’s hard to admit, and we don’t blame you! Thin lines can also happen from photodamage or skin damage from the sun. But it’s never too late to plump up those lines.
6 Ways To Plump Thin Lines Without Botox
Here are six natural ways to do it without Botox or chemicals.
A moisturizer will help your skin look alive and healthy, making those lines less obvious. It’s actually considered to be one of the best management options for photodamage.1 After all, dry and flaky skin draws attention to wrinkles and folds.
For best results, moisturize 2 to 3 times a day. Use a moisturizer that doesn’t have dyes, scents, or harsh chemicals.2 Instead, choose something that’s unscented and natural like almond oil.
2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Otherwise, it will become dry and start emphasizing lines.
On a cellular level, collagen proteins need water to stay intact. Hydration ensures good structure and assembly.3 And since collagen is the foundation of your skin’s structure, it’s important to protect it. So drink lots of water!
Aim to continuously drink water throughout the day. Drink when you’re thirsty, exercising, or the weather is hot.4 Avoid sugary drinks like soda and store-bought fruit juice – water is always the best choice.
3. Eat For Good Skin
A well-rounded diet is great for your skin, but you can focus on foods that boost skin health. Start by eating lots of vitamin C. This antioxidant supports collagen proteins, making synthesis possible. It even repairs fibroblasts, the cells that secrete collagen.5
Vitamin E and A will also help. Vitamin E provides protection from oxidation and skin damage, keeping skin plump.6 You can find vitamin E in green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Meanwhile, vitamin A is useful for skin problems and relieving photodamage.7 Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin A.
For thicker skin, eat omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These healthy fats are amazing for improving skin circulation, elasticity, and collagen synthesis. Good sources of omega-3 and 6 include nuts, avocado, and salmon.8
4. Apply Vitamin C
Aside from eating vitamin C, you can also put it on your face. Topical vitamin C can plump up the skin by boosting collagen production. Even wrinkles and age-related damage can be reversed.9 At the same time, it will safeguard the skin from UV rays and prevent future lines.
To reap the benefits, use products with vitamin C. But if you’re feeling crafty, take the DIY route. For an easy face mask, mash papaya, strawberries, kiwi, or mango. Add honey or yogurt for extra moisture. If you’d like to exfoliate, mix in some orange zest or sugar.
5. Apply Vitamin E
Vitamin C can actually regenerate vitamin E, making them the perfect pair. No wonder they’re often used together in beauty products. And since vitamin E is also an antioxidant, it provides UV protection. This maintains the skin’s structure and wards off wrinkles.10 Depth of wrinkles can also improve.
Skin cells called keratinocytes may be saved by vitamin E. These cells make up the outermost layer of the skin – so they’re really important. Things like aging and cigarette smoking may damage these keratinocytes, but vitamin E may fix that. The result is plumper, healthier skin.11
You can easily add vitamin E to your mask or moisturizer with topical vitamin E oil. This can be purchased by the bottle or in capsules. Sources of vitamin E, like almonds and sunflower seeds, can also be pulverized and added to masks.12
6. Apply Vitamin A
As an antioxidant, topical vitamin A is used to treat fine wrinkles and improve smoothing. It’s also excellent for improving discoloration, roughness, and sallowness. When applied to the skin, vitamin A interferes with collagen-damaging UV rays.
Topical vitamin A is usually found in retinoid creams. But you can use it naturally, too. Add orange and yellow fruits and veggies to your face masks. Milk, eggs, and fish liver oils also have vitamin A.13
To prevent future lines, always wear sunscreen. Hats and sunglasses can also help you stop squinting. Practice healthy habits like getting enough sleep, avoiding smoking, and smiling!
|↑1||Bergfield, WF. A lifetime of healthy skin: Implications for women. International journal of fertility and women’s medicine. 44.2(1999):83-95.|
|↑2||Dry skin, University of Maryland Medical Center|
|↑3||Bella, Jordi, Barbara Brodsky, and Helen M. Berman. Hydration structure of a collagen peptide. Structure 3.9(1995):893-906.|
|↑5||Vitamin C and Skin Health,
|↑6||Skin wrinkles and blemishes, University of Maryland Medical Center|
|↑7, ↑13||Vitamin A (Retinol), University of Maryland Medical Center|
|↑8||Essential Fatty Acids and Skin Health, Oregon State University|
|↑9||Vitamin C and Skin Health,
|↑10||Farris, Patricia K. Topical Vitamin C: A Useful Agent for Treating Photoaging and Other Dermatologic Conditions 31.1(2005):814-815.|
|↑11||Pavithra, Rajagopalan, Nanjappa Vishalakshi, Raja Remya, Jain Ankit P., Mangalaparthi Kiran K., Sathe Gajanan J., Babu Niraj, Patel Krishna, Cavusoglu Nükhet, Soeur Jeremie, Pandey Akhilesh, Roy Nita, Breton Lionel, Chatterjee Aditi, Misra Namita, and Gowda Harsha. How Does Chronic Cigarette Smoke Exposure Affect Human Skin? A Global Proteomics Study in Primary Human Keratinocytes. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology. 20.11(2016):615-626.|
|↑12||Vitamin E, National Institutes of Health|