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One of the hardest parts of getting older is dealing with aging skin. Fine or expression lines seem to creep up out of nowhere and over time grow deeper. While there are certainly treatments like Botox that freeze expression marks, there are many things you can do at home to remove fine lines, smooth wrinkles and prevent further damage.
I can’t stress enough how important sunscreen is for preventing wrinkles. Second to sunscreen is using products that encourage collagen production. The more you can force your skin to produce collagen, the smoother your skin will appear. This is why retinol and glycolic acid are staple ingredients for an anti-aging skin care regimen. It is not enough though to just exfoliate. Your skin needs hydration to plump up expression lines and repair itself.
My favorite way to smooth fine lines at home is by making nourishing masks that both hydrate and gently exfoliate. This way, you are increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen production and moisturizing.
I really love this DIY mask because I see the brightening and moisturizing effects instantly. I chose organic turmeric because it contains a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient called curcumin. Turmeric is effective topically for reducing redness, inflammation and dark spots. While turmeric can leave a bad yellow stain on anything it comes in contact with (including your skin), I found that when mixed with gram flour, it does not stain nearly as much.
Gram flour or besan is a coarse flour made from ground Kala Chana, a dark-colored variety of the chickpea family. Known for its cleansing power, besan is a popular ingredient in Indian beauty recipes for soaps and shampoo. When used in a face mask, besan can remove oil, gently exfoliate, and lighten the skin.
For a vegan-friendly recipe, I use coconut milk powder and a little bit of coconut milk. I find the coconut milk powder as a silky, rich feeling to the mask, but you can use regular milk if you consume dairy. The lactic acid in milk is beneficial for increasing cell turnover and lightening skin.
Combine all the powder ingredients in a shallow bowl. Slowly stir in coconut milk until the mask is a smooth but thick consistency. Brush on with a mask or foundation brush. Allow to dry and wait at least 20 minutes before rinsing. Admire your glowing skin and notice how smooth and hydrate your skin appears.
I find that the coarse gram flour keeps the turmeric from staining skin. If you do have some staining, don’t panic and scrub harshly or use baking soda. A sheet mask will absorb all of the yellow color in about 30 minutes.