As much as we want there to be a fountain of youth, there still isn’t a cure for wrinkling and aging skin. Time passes, and the skin wrinkles as part of the normal process. Preventing wrinkles is not a perfect process, and there is no catch-all solution. Many of the visible signs of skin aging are the result of sun exposure, free radical damage, and collagen loss. But, there are steps you can take to work on preemptively preventing and treating wrinkles both before they happen and as they develop.
Sun exposure can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, as the intensity of the sun can be quite dangerous to the skin. Younger people tend to care less about exposure to the sun and long-term damage, but this is the group that needs to start taking it seriously right away. Consider using at least a 30 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays. Such protection can be found in standard sunscreen products, but there are also several protection options available in moisturizer, cleanser, and makeup.
Sleep on your back
A good night of sleep keeps the skin clear and can reduce stress that affects the wrinkling of the skin. Sleeping on your side or stomach can contribute to skin blemishes, but it can also contribute to the formation of wrinkles over time. The tension of your skin against the pillow can pull and stretch your skin, detracting from the ideal plumpness of skin.
Consider a silk pillowcase and silk bedding. It is much more gentle on the skin if you find that sleeping on your back isn’t quite as feasible.
Wrinkle formation can begin as early as your twenties, and collagen, which contributes to elasticity, can begin to reduce in your thirties. During your twenties, you should be focused on preventative measures, and your thirties should be the maintenance of the habits of your twenties.
Retinol, normally used for blemishes, increases the production of collagen in the skin and increases cell turnover. The only FDA-approved retinol is tretinoin, which has more natural Vitamin A.
Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
A well-balanced diet is better for an all-around lifestyle, and it can also help fight wrinkles. Studies have shown that unhealthy diets, including snacking and the consumption of red meat, can contribute to wrinkles in women. Foods that are rich in beneficial vitamins include salmon, olive oil, avocados, flaxseed, vegetables, and pomegranates. Make it a point to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially first thing in the morning and before bed. Hydration is beneficial to all-around health and the natural hydration of the skin.
Lead a healthy lifestyle by exercising frequently. Exercise has been proven to not only be beneficial all the way around, but it can stimulate the circulatory system to improve the complexion and help prevent wrinkles.
Smoking is incredibly harmful, especially to the skin. What’s more, it can work rapidly and be difficult to reverse. Tobacco smoke has over 4,000 chemicals. It can deprive the skin of a good tone and contribute to unevenness. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can also break down collagen and elastin, which are both crucial to the maintenance of better skin and prevention of wrinkles—the skin begins to rapidly sag.
Because smokers pucker their mouths around the cigarette, lines form around the mouth both because of the pucker, and because the smoke is right near the lips—both contribute to the formation of vivid wrinkles formed around the mouths. Smokers tend to squint to keep smoke out of their eyes, and the presence of heat right next to the face is extremely drying and contributes to distinct crow’s feet and other wrinkles all over the face.
Relax the face
Overly repetitive and intense facial expressions can permanently form lines beneath the skin, and the lines become more prominent as time passes. Invest in good reading glasses if you find yourself squinting quite frequently. Do stress-relieving exercises and regulate stress frequently to relieve tightness and reduce the appearance of aging in the face and the formation of stress marks on the face. Good relaxation exercises include deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
Clean and Moisturize
The skin should be gently cleaned twice a day. Avoid scrubs or anything too harsh on the skin, including anything that burns or irritates, as irritation can accelerate aging in the face. Cleansing the face removes dirt, grime, and pollution from the air, and keeps your skin clear and tight. It is especially important to wash your face after heavy sweating or physical activity.
Moisturizer traps moisture in the skin and prevents dryness and aging. There are anti-aging moisturizers that are specially crafted to moisturize and protect against the effects of aging. Carefully choose moisturizers and ensure that they are not making the face greasy or inadequately moisturizing.
Research has indicated that vitamins can prevent wrinkles in women and help aid in the signs of aging. Vitamin C contributes to the production of collagen, which is crucial in keeping the skin young and radiant. Vitamin E can counteract sun damage when sunscreen is not quite powerful enough to protect the skin. Vitamin D helps produce healthy cells all over the body, including the face.
Alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA, is one of the most common tools used in anti-aging products and recommendations. Don’t let the word “acid” throw you off—not all acids are aggressive. Common AHA ingredients include glycolic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, hydroxycaproic acid, lactic acid, and hydroxycaproic acid. Watch for these ingredients in anti-aging products
Alcohol has many adverse effects on the body, one of which is accelerating aging. It is incredibly drying to the skin, which can lead to the formation of wrinkles, accelerated aging, and the enhanced appearance of pores.
“Free radicals” are an unstable molecule that causes damage to cells, including the breakdown of tissues. Too much exposure can lead to a breakdown of elastin and collagen, which are two necessary factors in counteracting wrinkles. Consuming antioxidants can fight free radicals, which helps the skin avoid photoaging while looking younger and more radiant.