Stop Wrinkles Before They Start
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to preventing wrinkles. Skin and beauty experts share their top 10 ways to prevent wrinkles to maintain your youthful look and glow.
Laugh lines, crow's feet and frown lines —oh my! Stop these nasty culprits from settling onto your face with these wrinkle-busting tips:
Sleep on your back.
Sleeping on your side causes wrinkles on your cheeks and chin, while sleeping on your stomach gives you a furrowed brow. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sleeping on your back to avoid sleep lines that will eventually turn into wrinkles. Invest in a supportive neck pillow and place a pillow under your legs to help you get used to this new sleeping position.
Get your eyes checked.
Squinting can cause crows' feet and lines around your eyes, as well as a furrowed brow. Get your eyes checked regularly and, if needed, wear reading glasses or contact lenses. Wear sunglasses every single time you are outside to prevent squinting in the sun.
Stay out of the sun & wear sunscreen.
"Wearing sunscreen and staying out of direct sunlight is a must to slow down and prevent signs of aging," says Connie Elder, founder of Underology Ageless Beauty Products. "Find a great tinted sunscreen to wear even on days you don't wear makeup. Make sure you are protected even when driving a car or in the shade." She recommends UNDEROLOGY Fabulous 40 tinted, peptide moisturizer with SPF 40.
Drink Acai berry juice.
Free radicals cause cell damage, which in turn causes wrinkles; however, antioxidants help neutralize those free radicals. Studies have shown that acai fruit pulp has more antioxidants than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry. Incorporate acai juice into your daily diet by drinking acai berry juice.
try Glycolic acid & retinol.
Dr. David Bank, president of New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, recommends women start using products with glycolic acid and retinol as soon as they are in their 30s. "Glycolic acid can improve the skin's appearance and texture by reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation caused by acne scarring and sun damage," he says. He tells women to use a retinol product before bed and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with antioxidants during the day to block free radicals and prevent sun damage.
If the effects on your health aren't enough to make you stop smoking, maybe the aging effects on your skin will! A study of identical twins showed that the twin who smoked had weaker skin with more wrinkles than the one who didn't. Smoking apparently affects the blood supply to the top layer of the skin and increases collagen breakdown.
eat an Anti-inflammatory diet.
Skin guru Dr. Nicholas Perricone says to fight aging and wrinkles from the inside out by following an anti-inflammatory diet. He says that free radicals cause inflammation and weakening of the skin's cell structure, resulting in loss of firmness and elasticity and increased discoloration. He recommends a diet high in fish, skinless chicken, tofu, legumes, nuts and seeds, as well as colorful fruits and vegetables.
Have sex regularly.
A study of more than 3,500 European and American women showed that those with active sex lives were estimated to be seven to 12 years younger than their actual ages. So get busy --- doctor's orders!
As you age, the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis) becomes drier and thicker because cells are not replaced as quickly, says Melanie Vasseur, cosmetic chemist, medical esthetician and founder of Vasseur Skincare and Spa. As a result, your skin looks dull and dry with an uneven texture. Exfoliating two times per week helps minimize the fine lines and improves cell turnover. "Periodic exfoliation may help restore a more youthful feel by removing the excess of dead cells from your skin's surface," says Vasser.