As you grow older, your skin also ages. It becomes dry, less elastic, and more prone to wrinkles. However, there are certain measures you can take to avoid the premature signs of aging.
What can you do to prevent wrinkles on your skin?
- Stick to your skin-care regimen.
No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, make sure to remove the day’s make-up and grime from your face. Do not end the day without cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your face.
- Use cold water.
Refresh and invigorate your face with cold water right after you wake up. The water helps the skin membrane to regenerate. It also promotes strong micro-circulation that is good for the skin.
After you take a warm shower, use cold water to revitalize your skin. This will also effectively close the pores and allow your skin to dry naturally.
- Choose the right products for your skin.
Choose skin products wisely. Consider your skin type. There are different skin care products for dry, oily, mature, or acne-prone skin. Use products that address your personal skin issues.
- Get facials.
Make sure that you deep-cleanse your skin by going for facials every season. If you can afford it, go for a monthly facial. Facials help to get rid of clogged pores and bacteria. They also strengthen the skin to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.
- Use eye cream.
Signs of aging usually show up first in the eye area. Do not wait to see fine lines around your eyes. Protect and nourish the delicate, sensitive area by using high-quality eye cream.
- Use a collagen mask and anti-wrinkle cream.
Wrinkles are not likely to show on firm and flexible skin. Keep skin young and elastic by soaking it in a mask made with collagen and other ingredients containing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Use a small amount of anti-wrinkle cream and pat it onto wrinkle prone parts on your chin, forehead, and neck. Pay special attention to the areas around your eyes and mouth.
- Use adequate sun protection.
The best way to prevent wrinkles on your skin is to use sunscreen protection all the time. Do not limit the use of sunscreen for sunny days. Use it even in the heart of frosty winter. There are always ultra-violet rays from the sun, regardless of season.
Choose a product with sufficient SPF. However, do not depend on the high SPF number to do all the work for you. The key to skin protection is to apply sunscreen generously – and to re-apply it frequently. Make sure that you put sunscreen again after every couple of hours.
Do not hesitate to use sunscreen even if you have acne-prone or oily skin. Choose a product that contains zinc oxide. Look for a product that gives a matte finish to counter the shine on your face. If you do not have the time to patiently massage on sunscreen protection, look for mineral powder that is infused with SPF protection.
- Always touch your face with light and gentle strokes.
Whether you are working up lather, massaging, or putting moisturizers or sunscreen on your face, make sure that you do so with a light touch. Dry your face by patting it gently with a warm soft towel. Do not scrub or rub the skin vigorously.
- Watch what you eat.
Eat to help fight wrinkles. Choose foods that are rich in lean protein, Omega-3, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Look for foods that are high in antioxidants and short on saturated fat to minimize cell damage and combat aging. Eat leafy vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, wild fish like salmon, and berries.
- Get plenty of water to keep your skin fresh and young-looking.
Follow these tips to make sure that you get the water that your body needs:
- Upon waking up, take a glass of water.
- Keep a bottle of water in your work station so you can easily fill up on water.
- Put a water bottle in your bag.
- Fill up on water before exercising.
Make sure that you keep hydrated before, during and after your workout. If you are doing intense workouts, take sports drink to replenish the water, natural salts, and minerals that you tend to lose when exercising.
- Beef up on Omega-3.
Giving your face a gentle massage using moisturizers enriched with Omega-3 help promote intracellular repair and prevent wrinkles. Milk cream, egg oil, and almond oil are good sources of Omega-3.
You can also take gel pills that contain Omega-3-rich fish oil.
Make sure to eat cold-water fish for a good dose of Omega-3.
- Get enough sleep.
Your body restores damage and promotes cell turnover during sleep. If you do not get enough quality sleep, you will experience poor blood circulation, a shallow complexion, and a wan look. Lack of sleep also intensifies psoriasis, acne, skin allergies, eczema, and other skin disorders.
- Use sunglasses with UV protection.
When you squint from the glare of the sun, you encourage wrinkles and fine lines to appear in the skin surrounding your eyes. Protect delicate and sensitive skin by regularly wearing UV-protected sunglasses when you go outdoors.
- Sleep in the right position.
Sleep lines are likely to form on your face when you press your face against the pillow as you sleep. These lines may eventually become permanent wrinkles. Prevent wrinkles by sleeping on your back.
- Do not smoke.
Research shows that if you smoke, you are about 5 times more prone to form wrinkles on your face compared to a non-smoker. Nicotine destroys collagen. When you smoke, you tend to squint and purse your lips – behavior that encourages the formation of wrinkles over time.
- Watch your facial expressions.
Do not give way to over-animated facial expressions. Such expressions form creases on your face – creases that are bound to turn into wrinkles eventually. See to it that you do not excessively raise your eyebrows, squint, or frown.
- Stay vibrant and happy.
Studies indicate that people who have a relaxed and positive orientation towards life in general tend to look younger than those who are often unhappy or stressed out.