If you care about your appearance and skin health, you might be worried about having wrinkles. In fact, wrinkles can be a sign of too much sun exposure. Besides this, you may not enjoy how wrinkles look on you. Consider a few tips to prevent wrinkles.
Protect Skin from Sun Damage
Exposing your skin to the sun can cause wrinkles and premature aging. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50 each day, even when it’s cloudy outside, is a smart way to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. To protect your skin further, wear UV sunglasses, light-colored clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat. Alternatively, you can try staying indoors more often if you can.
Manage Stress and Relax
Frowning, squinting, or scrunching up your face in different ways can create wrinkles more quickly. For instance, you may scrunch up your face when stressed or squint when you can’t see clearly and need glasses. But you can keep your face relaxed by doing meditation or yoga, practicing mindfulness, exercising regularly, or with deep breathing exercises. For instance, if someone makes you consistently angry or negative, you can try getting away from the person by going outdoors or to another room and meditating. Other ways to manage stress include:
- Make time for hobbies
- Eat a healthy diet
- Take breaks at work
- Have a sleep schedule
Moisturizers are Nourishing
As you age, your skin becomes dryer and this can lead to additional wrinkles. On the bright side, moisturizer hydrates and nourishes the skin. Look for a moisturizer with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid because these ingredients can increase its effectiveness. In addition, you can find a moisturizer that supports social causes, such as the environment, needy children, or animal welfare, and this can inspire you to use it regularly.
Eat Plenty of Healthy Foods
What you eat can have a serious effect on your skin’s health. This is especially true for women who eat unhealthy snacks and red meat. But you can ward off wrinkles by adding foods to your diet with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties such as broccoli, avocados, green tea, olive oil, flax seeds, and pomegranates. You can make your healthy meals tastier by trying out different recipes and dishes.
Get Help to Quit Smoking
Cigarettes contain nicotine which constricts the blood vessels. This reduces your skin’s blood flow which means your skin receives less oxygen. In addition, tobacco smoke damages elastin and collagen and you need these fibers for skin strength and elasticity. If you can’t quit on your own or would like help, ask your doctor about joining a program.
Drink Water Regularly
Water keeps your body functioning normally and is vital to keeping it healthy. It also hydrates the skin from your body’s interior and flushes body toxins. Further, lemon balm leaf extract, which can be found in tea, could improve tissue damage and skin elasticity. You can make staying hydrated fun by drinking out of your favorite glass or consider buying a stylish water bottle that motivates you.
Retinoids Can Improve Skin
Retinoids, or retinol, can increase collagen production, aid in creating new blood cells, and encourage skin regeneration. Different types of retinoids have various degrees of potency. A dermatologist can give you advice for choosing a gel or cream that fits you.
Change Your Sleeping Position
Sleeping on your stomach or side can distort facial skin and increase the occurrence of wrinkles. You can prevent this problem by opting to sleep on your back. Moreover, when you get enough sleep, your skin has a chance to produce extra collagen. And this plumps up the skin and lessens the chance of wrinkles. Some ways to enhance sleep are using technology less, eating healthy foods, doing meaningful activities, and more.
Overall, preventing wrinkles can be as simple as having a regular skincare routine and changing your habits. Indeed, you can improve your skin health and appearance by committing to taking care of yourself. Although we all get wrinkles as we age, there are steps we can take to slow down the aging process. Ready to get started? Call us today at 205-352-9141.