If you’re getting worried about wrinkles and fine lines, or you already have a few too many, there’s still hope.
You can slow and prevent further damage, and even diminish what you already have, with the steps below.
Limit Direct Sunlight
The number one cause of wrinkles and skin damage is sun exposure. Studies have consistently shown the time you spend exposed to the sun is more important than genetics and heredity.
Sunscreen is recommended to prevent more serious concerns like skin cancer, but it’s also needed to protect your skin from daily damage resulting in wrinkles and early aging. Most people will only use sunscreen if they plan on spending several hours in the sun. The cumulative total of small doses of sun light can also result in skin damage.
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There’s a well known, and feared, correlation between smoking and cancer risk but smoking is also a primary cause of premature aging of the skin. Smoke causes a physical reaction with your skin that breaks down what your skin needs to continue looking young — collagen and elastin. It isn’t the smoke that enters your lungs that causes the damage, it’s what’s in the air. So you’ll also want to limit your exposure to other people who are smoking.
Get Some Sleep
You know when someone is sleep deprived by the bags under their eyes, and expression on their tired face. But sleep deprivation also causes long term damage to your skin. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body will produce more cortisol which actively breaks down skin cells.
Eat More Fish
Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the primary benefits of eating fish more frequently. Omega 3’s are good for brain health, your heart, and can prevent serious age related illnesses. These fatty acids are also an important element in keeping your skin elastic and looking youthful.
Limit Squinting And Frowning
The deep groves on your forehead, around your eyes, and mouth are the result of repetitive facial expressions. Try to be a little more conscious of your facial habits, and you may notice you’re a habitual squinter even when it isn’t necessary. Over time, these repetitive habits will form deep skin folds and grooves.
Eat Foods With Antioxidants
Eating more foods rich in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables, can help prevent and repair damage from the free radicals (unstable molecules) that damage your skin each day. Common antioxidant foods include blueberries, artichokes, kidney beans, and dark chocolate.
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Use Daily Moisturizer
One of the keys to long term skin health is keeping your skin moisturized. You don’t need to have a fifteen minute beauty routine, either. A simple coat of daily moisturized can lock in the moisture and make fine lines less noticeable each day.
Don’t Strip Your Skin
Your skin produces natural oils to help slow and prevent skin damage, but some of our daily habits disrupts this process. Every time you wash your skin, you’re removing dirt and bacteria, but you’re also stripping away your natural oils that prevents skin damage. Don’t over wash, and choose less abrasive soaps.
Use Anti-Wrinkle Cream
There aren’t any miracle creams that can reverse the aging process, but some ingredients have proven effective at slowing and repairing skin damage. Creams with the following ingredients can make wrinkles and fine lines much less noticeable.
– Alpha hydroxy acids
– Retinoids (Rein A)
– Topical Vitamin C
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