Laugh lines… they’re not so funny are they? Before you get radical and go under the knife or use burning chemical peels to try to get rid of your laugh lines, crow’s feet, or tech neck, try these simple wrinkle prevention pointers. But first, let’s discuss the root causes of wrinkles.
As we age, collagen production slows, and skin naturally becomes more dry. The loss of elasticity and moisture can increase the appearance of wrinkles.
That golden teenage tan may have been the rage back then, but today it’s not so cool. Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight damages the elastic fibers that keep our skin firm therefore causing wrinkles to form.
Smoking & Pollutants:
Smoking increases the production of an enzyme that breaks down collagen, causing the skin to look older and wrinkled. Even if you have never smoked a day in your life, air pollutants from smog and smoke can encourage the production of free radicals in your skin and cause premature skin aging.
Take a look back at those family photos. Studies have shown that 60% of the skin aging can be attributed to genetic factors that can impact the amount of collagen and elastin that we naturally produce.
While you can’t turn back the hands of time or change your genetics, there are a number of wrinkle fighting tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine.
1. Moisturize Daily
Using a lightweight face cream or hydra gel in the morning and a heavier moisturizer like a face oil at night.
2. Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C
Products containing L-ascorbic acid (aka Vitamin C) and/or hyaluronic acid can help reduce age spots and rehydrate fine lines.
3. Drink Water
Staying hydrated can help improve your skin from the inside out in addition to other benefits, including the removal of toxins, regulating body temperature and aiding in digestion.
4. Your Diet
Eating more fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants can help improve not only your skin but also your overall health. Foods that are particularly good for your skin health include leafy greens, carrots, avocados, and salmon.
5. Don’t Overwash
Wash your skin daily with a gentle cleanser. Using harsh astringents can dry our your skin and lead to further wrinkles.
6. Sleep On Your Back
Side sleeping can cause premature wrinkles so flip over and try using a silk pillowcase.
In addition to eye protection, wearing sunglasses can help prevent squinting that leads to fine lines.