Can Oil Pulling Get Rid of Lines and Wrinkles?

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While you may not act your age, your face may not look as youthful as you feel. Lines and wrinkles become more common as people get older; in some cases, a lot of wrinkles and lines may make you look older than you actually are. If you're unhappy with the way your face is aging, you may be looking for anti-aging treatments that can help fill in some of your lines and make your face look younger. The Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling may be able to help.

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a natural detoxifying treatment that involves swishing a spoon of oil around your mouth every day for anything up to 20 minutes. The oil you swish targets toxins in your mouth. These toxins stick to the oil, allowing you to get them out of your body when you spit out the oil. While oil pulling focuses on your mouth, its ability to remove bad stuff from your body is considered to have a variety of general health benefits. As well as improving your health, oil pulling also has some offshoot advantages that may be useful. For example, some people report that facial lines and wrinkles smooth out if they oil pull regularly.

Oil Pulling and Wrinkles

There is no hard-and-fast scientific reason why oil pulling may make your wrinkles and lines disappear or look less prominent. It may be that the oil you use to pull helps replenish essential fatty acids in your skin if it is dehydrated; however, the main smoothing effect that many people experience is likely to be down to the process of oil pulling rather than the effects of the oil itself.

If you're working oil around your mouth for 20 minutes a day, you are giving your face a general workout at the same time. Rolling, sucking and pushing the oil in a pull gets your muscles working more than usual. This may tone up your facial muscles and make your skin look smoother and tauter; it may also encourage circulation around your face, giving you a healthier glow.

Tip: It's natural to purse your lips together when you oil pull to keep the liquid in your mouth. Pursing your lips for extended periods may increase lip lines, so you should try to keep your lips and mouth relaxed when you oil pull to avoid this happening.

How Effective Is Oil Pulling on Wrinkles?

While some people notice a significant difference in their wrinkles and lines when they oil pull; others don't notice such a difference. Bear in mind that oil pulling may work best on lines and wrinkles on the lower part of your face as this is the area that gets the strongest workout.

The only way to find out if oil pulling will work for you is to try it for yourself. In some cases, you may find that your skin looks younger with oil pulling even if your wrinkles don't change that much. An oil pull detox may make your skin look generally healthier. A blooming complexion may take some attention away from your lines and wrinkles and can go some way to making you look younger.

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