Skincare; Prevent wrinkles as you get older

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Everyone looks for perfect and blemish-free skin. Having flawless skin gives you another level of confidence and comfort about your own looks. It also points towards a healthy individual. The main point of any skincare routine is to fix your complexion and troubleshoot certain target areas. You should know that great skin is not only a matter of DNA but also about your daily habits. 

There are a lot of environmental factors such as the sun and pollution that can gravely damage your skin over time. Wrinkles, acne, and sunspots are certain issues that arise over time. There is no harm in having wrinkles, they are a part and parcel of growing older. A few facial lines can even add some character to your face. But it is important to keep wrinkles in check. The parts of your face that get the most sun exposure are the ones that are most prone to getting wrinkles later. 

The more you move your facial muscles to smile or for some other expressions, the more these grooves get formed and your skin loses its ability to go back into place over time. You can not reverse wrinkles, but you can definitely slow down their appearance. We have curated a list of ways to limit and prevent wrinkles.

Sun protection is a must

Prolonged exposure to the sun can do a lot of damage to your skin. This can lead to sunspots, premature aging, and even wrinkles. A study conducted in 2013 showed that the regular use of sunscreen can really help in slowing down the visible signs of aging. This is because sunscreen protects our skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. it should be worn during all seasons, especially during winters. 

Sunscreen can also be beneficial inside the house since it helps protect our skin from the blue rays that come from our screens as well. It is recommended by dermatologists to use sunscreen that has at least SPF ranging from 30-50. This should be worn in overcast weather as well since the sun rays can penetrate through clouds. You can wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for some extra protection as well. 

Use retinoids

Retinoids are one of the leading ingredients used in most skincare products for their anti-aging properties. This is derived from Vitamin A and is also referred to as retinol. This has the ability to increase collagen production, which is of great benefit to your skin. Many dermatologists recommend using a little bit of this product to first test your skin’s tolerance.

Retinol also has the ability to promote the creation of blood vessels and encourages skin regeneration. This can help improve your skin’s texture and overall appearance. There are more than five types of retinoids available in the market today. These are available in the form of gels, creams, and even capsules. It is advised to visit your dermatologist before starting any of these. 

Drink water regularly

If you want fresh and hydrated-looking skin, you need to provide your body with enough hydration as well. Drinking water is not only good for your health, but it is also good for your skin. Your body needs water to function and to work well. Drinking enough water can help flush out toxins from your body leading to less acne.

 Water also aids in regulating your body temperature and helps indigestion. It can keep your skin hydrated from the inside. A study conducted in 2015 showed that high and regular water input has a positive impact on skin hydration. Even drinking lemon balm leaf extract can help in boosting your skin’s elasticity. 

Sleep on your back

This might be something that sounds like a myth, but many studies have shown that your sleeping position can greatly impact wrinkles on your skin. People who sleep on their stomach or their side are more prone to speeding up the formation of wrinkles on their faces due to mechanical compression forces. You can sleep on your stomach instead of your back to avoid these premature wrinkles. Try using silk pillowcases instead of cotton ones, since they induce less friction than cotton.

Use day and night cream in your routine

As you get older, it is important to create a routine that consists of day and night creams. These two are both very essential, yet serve different purposes. Day creams are lighter than night creams and usually contain SPF. They also do not include retinol since these can cause photosensitivity during the day. At night, your skincare products should be different. These creams help reduce overall signs of aging such as wrinkles.

These are heavier than day creams and have a stronger concentration of ingredients such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, and peptides. Using a night cream in the day will make your skin feel greasier and using a day cream at night your skin will not soak in these anti-aging properties. 

Stop smoking

Did you know that your skin’s health depends on the collagen in your body? Smoking damages your elastin and collagen, the very thing that gives your skin its strength. The nicotine in tobacco leads to constricted blood vessels, thereby reducing the blood flow to your skin. This limits the important nutrients that can be absorbed by your skin such as vitamin A. 

Many studies show that the heat that comes with cigarettes can also cause a lot of wrinkles. A study was conducted on twins in 2013, which showed that the siblings who smoked had more wrinkles than their counterparts.

Learn to relax your face

If you do repeat facial movements such as frowning, pursing the lips, or squinting, this can lead to premature wrinkles. If you are a person who squints often, you should get your eyes checked in order to find out if you need contact lenses or glasses. You can also use some stress management techniques to help you understand how to relax your face. You can try deep breathing exercises, yoga, and even regular exercise.

It is important to know that you will be getting wrinkles as you grow older. You should know different ways to slow down the process so that you do not get premature wrinkles and have the skin that you deserve. 


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