For millions of men and women, wrinkles are a way of life. And while it’s a natural part of aging, you don’t have to let wrinkles overwhelm you. By adopting proactive lifestyle choices and a smart skin care regimen, you can keep your skin looking healthier and vibrant well into the later years of your life.
What Are Wrinkles?
As people age, wrinkles start to form. Intuitively, you know this. But have you ever paused long enough to think about what wrinkles actually are? If you want to prevent them, it’s helpful to know how and why they form.
For starters, it’s helpful to understand the composition of skin. Skin is made up of three different layers: (1) the outermost layer that everyone sees, called the epidermis; (2) the middle layer, known as the dermis; and (3) the innermost layer, called the subcutaneous.
When you’re young and healthy, wrinkles are mostly nonexistent. Your skin does an effective job of stretching and holding in moisture. The elastic qualities of the dermis – as well as the presence of sufficient collagen – keep the skin smooth and attractive. But as with most things, age has a way of depleting these resources.
As you get older, the dermis begins to lose both elastin and collagen. Your skin becomes thinner and it’s much harder to get adequate moisture to the epidermis. The fat found in the subcutaneous layer slowly dissipates, which negatively impacts the “plump” appearance of healthy skin. And as the epidermis sags, wrinkles quickly follow.
While everyone eventually gets some wrinkles as they age, there’s a wide spectrum. Some people start to get small wrinkles in their 20s, while others maintain smooth skin well into their 60s. Some of this is genetic, but a lot has to do with lifestyle choices and healthy habits.
How to Prevent Them?
Wrinkles – creases, folds, or ridges in the skin – can be caused by normal facial expressions and movements, intrinsic aging, or genetics. These types of wrinkles are almost impossible to avoid. But then there are the ones caused by outside factors. By and large, these wrinkles can be prevented. Here are some methods and suggestions:
Select the Right Pillow to Stop Wrinkles
Preventing wrinkles doesn’t end when it’s time for bed. Believe it or not, the pillow you sleep with can affect the presence of age lines and wrinkles on your face (or lack thereof).
Traditional pillows apply constant pressure to your face when sleeping, which leads to the formation of sleep wrinkles (as well as acne). What you need is a specially designed pillow – – to help you sleep on your back or side without applying constant contact or pressure to your skin. As a result, you get a good night’s sleep without traumatizing your skin. The pillow acts as a natural anti-aging solution.
Protect From Sun Exposure
Did you know that 80.3 percent of all wrinkles come from sun exposure? If you can only focus on one thing, reducing dangerous exposure to the sun should be your primary goal.
Make sure you’re wearing an SPF product daily – not just when you know you’ll be laying by the pool or spending an afternoon at the beach. For best results, find a SPF + moisturizer combo product.
Develop a Healthy Skin Care Regimen
It’ll look different for everyone, but you need a skin care regimen that’s tailored to your body. Pay attention to your skin and use products that fit your skin type (oily, dry, acne-prone, etc.). And whatever you do, don’t break the cardinal rule of skin care.
“No matter what, you always have to wash off the day’s makeup, oil, and bacteria,” Marie Claire advises. “Before bed, you must cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and apply a serum with anti-aging properties under your moisturizer.”
Be Smart With Food and Drink
What are you nourishing your body with? The food (and drink) that you consume has a direct impact on the health and vitality of your skin.
Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants (think leafy greens, fruits, nuts, avocados, etc.). You should also stay hydrated at all times and reduce your intake of alcohol (which dries out the skin).
“Don’t smoke. Just don’t do it,” SIO Beauty warns. “You know it’s bad for you and causes cancer, which is a lot scarier than wrinkles lining your skin. But guess what? It will also cause wrinkles to line your skin! Nothing will take the moisture out of you and age you ten years like smoking tobacco laced with chemicals and nicotine. So just don’t smoke!”’
By replacing unhealthy habits like smoking with smart nutrition and exercise, you can dramatically change the quality of your skin for years to come.
Keep Your Skin Healthy
The best way to prevent wrinkles is to practice healthy lifestyle habits. From what you eat and wear to your skin care regimen and sleep habits, there are plenty of positive steps you can take to protect your skin and prevent/reduce premature wrinkling. Now is the time to start thinking about how you can protect your skin.