Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. As you get older, your skin naturally loses moisture and elasticity, which can contribute to those dreaded wrinkles. While this decrease in elasticity can occur more rapidly in some skin than others, lines and wrinkles are imminent at some point in life. Anti-aging creams are among the most popular beauty items sold on the market today because of this. However, there are natural ways you can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. By utilizing these techniques, you can enjoy a naturally more youthful appearance without a danger of side effects.
UV Ray Prevention
The National Institute on Aging says sunlight is one of the most common causes for wrinkles and age spots. Humans need moderate amounts of sunlight for health, but too much causes premature aging. This is especially the case if you are frequently outdoors during peak sunlight. The first measure you can take to prevent any further skin damage is by staying indoors during the late morning and afternoon hours. Also wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30, even if it is cloudy outside. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every hour, as well as when you sweat or get wet. Many anti-aging moisturizers already contain an SPF, which can save you time and money. You might also consider SPF clothing when outdoors for significant periods of time.
Aside from avoiding peak sunlight hours, tanning is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. In addition to putting you at risk for skin cancer—including the deadly melanoma—tanning significantly increases your risk for fine lines and premature wrinkles. If you currently tan, do yourself a favor and stop: your skin will thank you for it. Sunless tanning lotions and sprays are widely available nowadays, and many don’t contain the unpleasant smells of products past.
Avoid Alcohol & Tobacco
It’s no secret that alcohol and tobacco are dangerous for your health. On top of the potential adverse health effects, these two types of products can also cause wrinkles and exacerbate existing fine lines. Cigarettes directly cause wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes. It is never too late to stop smoking to save your skin because the amount of wrinkles you get from cigarettes is dependent upon how many years you’ve smoked.
In moderate amounts, alcohol may be acceptable in healthy adults, as long as you get the okay from a doctor. However, the downside to any amount of alcohol consumption is that it instantly zaps moisture out of the skin. This type of skin dehydration makes existing wrinkles more noticeable. The same types of effects are also seen when consuming caffeinated products, such as coffee, energy drinks and tea.
Skin naturally loses moisture with age. Unfortunately, many adults who battle acne are now faced with other skin problems at this stage in life: fine lines. Keeping skin properly hydrated helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles while having the added benefit of smoothing out fine lines. Before buying any age-fighting moisturizer, however, know your skin type first. While skin loses moisture with age, some people still need products to keep excess oils at bay in the T-zone. If this applies to you, look for a wrinkle moisturizer that is tailored to combination skin.
In some cases, anti-aging moisturizers don’t live up to their claims. Since moisturizer itself helps fill in wrinkles, additional wrinkle-fighting ingredients may be questionable. In fact, the National Institute on Aging says that only a few of these types of creams are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. When buying a moisturizer, don’t spend more money than you need to on ingredients that might not work. Instead, try a moisturizer that fits your skin type and wait before switching products. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it can take 6 to 12 weeks before seeing results.
Eat the Right Foods
Eating the right foods can make your skin look better at any age. Dark, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and romaine lettuce can help promote collagen production. Collagen, a natural compound that gives skin elasticity, helps prevent and fill in wrinkles overtime. Eating salads every day can help you obtain your quota.
Processed and overly salty foods not only put you at risk for hypertension, but can also decrease skin moisture. Like alcohol consumption, the resulting effects are similar, and can make wrinkles more noticeable. Finally, no matter how much salt you consume, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can help hydrate the skin and make it look suppler.
Natural methods of fighting wrinkles are preferable over surgeries and potentially dangerous products. However, some skin might need an extra hand, especially if it has endured a lot of damage earlier in life. Discuss all skincare options with a dermatologist to help you safely obtain the results you want. Keep in mind that cosmetic procedures aren’t replacements for everyday habits that naturally support healthy-looking skin.