Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but at some point, you might look in the mirror and realize that they have made you look a little less like you. You may see creases around your eyes, lines across your forehead, or eleven lines between the brows.
You could try and guarantee a wrinkle-free face by never making facial expressions or exposing your skin to the sun, but laughing and smiling are part of the joys of life and so is enjoying the outdoors.
The good news is, there are ways you can prevent and reduce wrinkles while still living life to the fullest.
1. Wear Sunscreen
One of the best ways to protect your skin from the signs of aging and skin cancer is by shielding your skin from harmful UV rays. Even on cloudy days, the UV rays get through the clouds and can damage your skin.
Many daytime moisturizers have sunscreen in them. Make sure to check the label to see that your moisturizer has at least an SPF of 25+.
Additionally, if you are spending a lot of time in the sun, you need to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day.
2. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration exacerbates fine lines and can cause the skin to sag, promotes uneven skin tone, and more. Think about dehydrated fruit, they are wrinkled and dull looking.
Staying hydrated is an essential way to keep glowing skin. If you have dehydration lines on your face, the good news is that these will fade once you are hydrated again.
Aim to have a bottle of water with you at all times. You can even spruce up the taste of water, by adding some fresh fruit like lemon, lime, or orange slices.
3. Ditch the Sugar
Processed sugar is often added to many of the foods that we eat every day, including ketchup, coffee creamer, protein bars, and bread.
Did you know that sugar can make your skin look older?
When sugar is ingested, it causes our body to start processes that break down collagen, which can cause wrinkles making you look older. Some clinical studies also linked the consumption of sugar with a higher likelihood of acne and eczema.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, think of foods that are naturally sweet, like fruit.
4. Use Retinol
Retinol is one of the few miracle ingredients that can improve the quality of your skin and reduce wrinkles. Dermatologists agree that retinol does help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol reduces the fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen and new blood vessels, which also improves skin color, texture, and tone.
It is important to note that you should mainly use retinol products at night. If you use any product during the day that contains retinol, always wear sunscreen.
5. Relax the Wrinkles
While Botox is the most widely known facial rejuvenation treatment for wrinkles, Xeomin and Dysport are other popular options.
These are all cosmetic injections used to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, between the eyebrows and on the forehead. The total treatment time is only a few minutes and can smooth lines and wrinkles for months.
Since Botox and similar treatments relax the muscles that produce wrinkles, they are also preventing further aging from happening. Going to a trusted medical professional can ensure that the results are natural-looking and enhance your features.
Moisturizers are vital to keeping your skin hydrated, soft, and smooth. In fact, moisturizing can improve the appearance of your skin right away. It can produce a silky, smooth skin, making your lines and wrinkles less visible.
Your skin also needs moisture to continue to repair, restore and regenerate skin for a radiant, more youthful appearance,
Look for moisturizing products that contain age-fighting ingredients like antioxidants, retinol (for evening use), and hyaluronic acid.
7. Pamper Yourself
You should also consider getting a facial regularly to fight the signs of aging. Some anti-aging facials can help restore the skin’s firmness and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Consider using the regenerative properties of your own growth factors in your blood with a PRP facial to aid in keeping your skin looking smooth, radiant, and young.
Look for facials that specifically call out anti-aging properties or contain chemical peels like glycolic acid treatments, microdermabrasion, or laser resurfacing.
When it comes to facials, you can customize it to meet your individual skin needs – why not reduce lines and wrinkles while brightening dull skin?
9. Take Antioxidants
Your skin is exposed to environmental stress and toxins daily. In fact, your skin is most likely getting damaged just going through your day. The good news is that antioxidants fight the damage and work to reverse it.
Antioxidants help to combat the elements responsible for the signs of aging and help to revitalize dull-looking skin. They can diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone, and more.
These can be found in supplements, facial treatments, serums, and even moisturizers. The more, the better! Look for products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), or coQ10.
9. Reduce Stress
Stress can wreak havoc on your body and skin. Stress can contribute to premature lines and wrinkles by causing a break down of collagen in your skin.
Stress can also cause other issues that impact your body and the aging process. Stress interrupts sleep, triggers unhealthy eating choices, affects your appearance, and your heart health.
Make the time to take care of yourself, and your reflection will show it. Find something that brings you joy and do that each day – even just 20 minutes can change your whole day.
10. Balance Your Hormones
If you are of menopause age, consider checking hormone levels to make sure they are in balance. There are many symptoms triggered by hormone imbalance that can be addressed with a simple treatment. Skin health is just one of them.
Balanced hormone levels will help you feel happier, look younger, and more vibrant.
Ready for a More Youthful Appearance?
While wrinkles are a natural part of aging, it doesn’t mean you should flaunt them… if you don’t want to.
If you are ready to look and feel your best, and would like to address signs of aging on your face, it is best to talk to a trusted cosmetic professional. The team at Origins Aesthetics is here to help you, call us today.