Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that promote glowing skin. And research shows that higher intakes of total dietary fat, such as from avocados, are significantly associated with more skin elasticity, which helps prevent wrinkles. Applying avocado to your skin topically will reap similar benefits to eating them. Grigore recommends mashing an avocado (good to do when you have one that's overripe) and slathering it around your eyes and over your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
This healing plant hydrates skin, which will soften the appearance of fine lines around the eyes. "Aloe vera is loaded with antioxidants and is insanely healing," says Grigore. She recommends using a fresh leaf from an aloe vera plant - just slice it open vertically and dab the gel from inside the leaf around your eyes.
It's well known for its health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers and aiding in weight loss, but green tea also packs some serious wrinkle-fighting power. Research shows that green tea extract, which is rich in anti-aging polyphenols, significantly improves elastin in skin, which can help fend off wrinkles. Try drinking green tea on a daily basis to get a big skin boost.
Shea butter is intensely moisturizing and contains vitamin A, the active ingredient in retinoids, the gold standard wrinkle treatment. Grigore recommends rubbing raw shea butter around your eyes and on the rest of your face before bed to wake up with smoother, more supple skin. Rich moisturizers will plump up skin, notes Hollmig, "and make wrinkles appear more subtle."
There's a reason slices of chilled cucumbers placed over the eyes are a spa cliche: They work. Preliminary research suggests that cucumbers have anti-aging properties. They contain anti-inflammatory compounds, reduce swelling, and infuse the skin with hydration, which helps fill in fine lines. Apply a slice to each eye, kick back, and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.
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