Whether you are in your late 20’s or early 30’s and just starting to see the signs of aging appear or are getting to a point where your skin no longer keeps your age a secret, it is highly likely that combatting wrinkles and fine lines is something that is on the top of your agenda. Youthful skin is something that we all strive for, however, as we age, our skin naturally becomes more wrinkled — a process that can sometimes be helped along by making certain lifestyle choices, including bad habits such as smoking, spending too much time in the sun, and/or eating an unhealthy diet.
Whilst wrinkles and fine lines are, to some extent, inevitable, there is no need to simply succumb to them and accept that there is nothing you can do. Because, this simply is not true thanks to the vast amount of information, new technologies, anti-aging lotions, and surgical treatments that are available today; it has never been easier to truly look as young as you feel. We have taken a look at some of the best strategies to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, to keep you looking young and fresh for as long as possible:
Tip #1: Avoid The Sun
Sitting out in the sun is lovely, but here is the downside: it is one of the number one causes of wrinkles and fine lines. There are dozens of studies that have looked at the impact of the sun on our skin; one researched identical twins to try and determine whether developing wrinkles early could be down to genetics. However, in the study, researchers found that the twin who spent less time in the sun had less wrinkles and looked younger overall than the other.
The sun is out every day, even if it is cloudy, so it can be very difficult to completely avoid it. Along with that, we also get Vitamin D from the sun, which is essential for our health. Thus, there is no need to shut yourself inside, just make sure that when you do go out in the sun, you apply a generous amount of sunscreen — especially on a hot day.
Tip #2: Get Enough Sleep
When you are asleep at night, this is the time when your body repairs itself and prepares for the day ahead. Included in this process is the regeneration of skin cells; this is why when you do not get enough sleep at night, you may wake up with skin that feels and looks duller and dryer than usual, along with dark circles under your eyes and other blemishes. According to dermatology experts, when you do not get enough sleep at night, the body produces too much cortisol, a hormone which breaks down the skin cells and aids with their regeneration. On the other hand, getting enough restful sleep means that your body will produce more human growth hormone (HGH), which contributes to thicker, elastic skin that is less prone to wrinkling.
If you struggle to sleep at night, there are a number of things that you can do to aid your rest. Good sleep hygiene is essential and you should try and stay off your smartphone or other gadgets for a least an hour before bed, as the blue light hinders with melanin production and keeps you awake. In addition, squinting at your phone to read small text in a dark room can speed up the production of “crows’ feet”, or wrinkles around the eyes.
Tip #3: Do Not Smoke
If you are currently a cigarette smoker, then the best thing that you can do for not just your health, but also for your skin, is to quit. There is a lot of research out there to suggest that smoking speeds up the aging process of the skin; this occurs because the cigarette smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down both elastin and collagen, which are essential for soft, supple skin. Smokers’ skin also tends to be a lot thinner than that of a non-smoker, which in turn, can contribute to faster wrinkling and the development of fine lines.
There is a lot of help and information available for those who wish to quit smoking; one of the main pathways that you may want to take is by using nicotine replacement therapies, such as vaping, lozenges, gum, or patches — these can all help you to crack the habit whilst making it easier for you to manage and avoid nasty nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Tip #4: Skincare Treatments
When it comes to cosmetic procedures for your skin, there are plenty to choose from. BOTOX, for example, is a very popular procedure to help avoid the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and can work both for reducing their appearance once they have formed, or if you start early, you can use this treatment to avoid them.
There are also many non-surgical procedures to consider, such as Vivace, which is non-invasive, has no downtime, and produces instant results that you can see straight away. Other treatments to consider include microdermabrasion and chemical peel treatments, both of which require little treatment and recovery time with quick results.
Tip #5: Moisturize
To keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay, it is important that you keep your skin moist and hydrated. Along with drinking plenty of water — around 8 glasses per day is ideal — you can also help your skin out by using a good moisturizer or anti-aging cream. A day cream can be worn throughout the day; if you are going outdoors, then it is a good idea to opt for a lotion that contains sun protection factor (SPF), since this will also protect you from the skin damage that can be done by the sun.
At night, a good anti-aging night cream containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, co-enzyme Q10, and natural oils with vitamins will produce the best results and help to guard your skin from the signs of aging. Since hot water can dry your skin out and cause it to wrinkle at a faster rate, it is important to moisturize as soon as you step out of the shower to lock in as much moisture as possible.
Tip #6: Improve Your Diet
When it comes to caring for your skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, there is a lot of emphasis on the things that you put on your skin, such as moisturizers and lotions. However, it is also important to remember that since your skin is the largest organ in your body, your diet will also play a rather significant part in its aging process.
Eating foods that are rich in protein is important, since your skin needs the amino acids to be in its best condition. Along with that, omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for keeping your skin soft, supple, and youthful-looking. Oily fish is the best source of this nutrient and also rich in protein; adding more fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, and mackerel to your diet will help to repair and protect your skin from the inside out, along with a multitude of other health benefits such as better heart health.
Tip #7: Get Your Five-A-Day
Along with adding more foods to your diet that are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it is also important to make sure that you are eating at least the recommended five portions per day of fruit and vegetables.
Fresh veggies and fruit are some of the best sources of antioxidants, which help to fight damage caused by free radicals in the body, reducing the amount of damage to the skin cells and improving the appearance of the skin. Fruit and vegetables are also filled with vitamins, which are essential for good skin health and for detoxifying the body.
Tip #8: Exfoliate
Over time, your skin cells are regenerated, causing the layer on top to die. If this layer is not removed, it can become dry and flaky, causing your appearance to suffer and causing the appearance of wrinkles to worsen. Exfoliating your skin will remove this top dead layer of skin and reveal the soft, new skin underneath, leaving you looking healthier, more radiant, and more youthful.
The best way to exfoliate your skin is by using a natural scrub containing beads or natural ingredients that will gently scrub away the dead skin cells. However, be careful not to overdo it, since exfoliating too often can leave your skin feeling more sensitive than usual. Bear in mind that freshly exfoliated skin is often more sensitive to sun damage, so be sure to apply sunscreen or a good SPF moisturizer afterwards.
Tip #9: Do Not Over Wash
Since washing your face strips your skin of its natural oils, it is important to make sure that you do not over-do it as this will dry your skin out and actually heighten your risk of wrinkles and fine lines. Along with limiting the amount of times that you wash your face, you may also find it helpful to invest in a specially designed skin cleanser that will lock the oils in. A soap containing moisturizer can also help.
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