Skin care is not something that should be ignored until later in life. Even those with tight, flawless skin should be maintaining that quality rather than letting it slip away. One of the first, and oftentimes irreversible, signs of aging is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, waiting until wrinkles appear to take action is not necessary.
There are several small changes to an everyday skincare regimen today will help prevent wrinkles tomorrow:
1. Avoid overexposure to direct sunlight.
Sun damage is never good for the skin, but repeated exposure can create even worse results. In fact, sun worshiping is the top cause of wrinkles and can make people look significantly older than their actual age.
2. Wear sunscreen daily.
If venturing into the sun is unavoidable, sunscreen is necessary to prevent damage and future wrinkles. Choosing a foundation with some sunscreen already in it can be an easy way to keep sun protection as part of a daily skincare regimen.
3. Avoid over-washing the face.
Tap or shower water can be rough and can strip the skin of natural moisture that prevents wrinkles. Frequent washing can leave the face exposed to toxins and without the necessary moisture to prevent wrinkles.
4. Do not smoke.
Although the research is not definitive on the subject, it seems that cigarette smoking can prematurely age skin by breaking down the natural collagen and elastin. With the disintegration of these two components, the skin thinks and wrinkles irreparably.
5. Sleep regular hours each day.
A regular lack of sleep causes the body to go into excess cortisol production. The hormone cortisol is involved in the breakdown of skin cells, preventing the natural elasticity of skin from regenerating overnight. This leads to more wrinkles.
6. Become a back sleeper.
The lines that can appear on a person’s face following a night of sleep, sometimes referred to as “sleep lines” can become more permanently etched into the skin. Back sleeping rather than on the face or even on a side, can help prevent such wrinkles from forming.
7. Invest in reading glasses and sunglasses.
Squinting, either from eye strain or from outdoor brightness, overworks the facial muscles. The repetitive motion of squinting can make a furrowed brow or eye grooves into permanent wrinkles.
8. Focus on fish in the diet.
Incorporating cold-water fish, such as salmon, increases the amount of omega-3 in a person’s diet. This fatty acid keeps the skin well-nourished and fresh, reducing the possibility for wrinkles.
9. Add some soy too.
There is also some scientific evidence that adding more soy or a soy-based supplement can improve the structure and firmness of the skin, two changes that can lead to fewer wrinkles.
Even the best anti aging serum will not be an effective wrinkle remover if the damage is more long-term and caused by unhealthy habits. Making just a few of these small changes to a daily routine can mean the difference between young, healthy-looking skin and a face full wrinkles in the future.