- Aging & Longevity
Lets Stop Wrinkles in 2013!
The Secrets to Looking Younger
You awake one morning to discover there's a new line on your forehead. The crow's feet forming around your eyes are starting to get deeper. It dawns on you that your youth is escaping you. While we are all looking for the miracle cream to turn back the clock, if some proactive measures are taken, you can slow down the aging process in your skin. This article will address the top 5 signs of wrinkles and how to fight them.
Sun damage is the most common cause of premature aging. People who opt for the bronze look, whether it be directly from the sun or from tanning beds, are stressing their skin, with the UV rays damaging the collagen fibres in your face which leads to wrinkles. The best thing a person can do to minimize the risk of premature aging is whenever in the sun, whether it be going to the beach or merely hanging up the washing on the clothesline, is to always cover up, wear a hat and of course, use a 30+ SPF sunscreen. It is also important to remember that one should avoid going out in the sun between 10am to 4pm as that is when the sun's UV rays are at its strongest.
Smoking has many negative health effects but one that doesn’t gain as much exposure is its ability to cause wrinkles. If you are a smoker, you should try to quit, not only for the many obvious health benefits but the toxins inside cigarettes speeds up the aging process rapidly. Non smokers too should be weary to avoid being in rooms with smokers as the smoke from their cigarettes can kill the antioxidants in your skin, which help fight wrinkles.
Facial expressions are another wrinkle promoter. Whether you can phase this out of your system though is up to you. Actors traditionally have prominent lines on their foreheads due to the fact that they have to be expressive with the faces when they act. Continued repetition of squinting, raised eyebrows and wide smiles increases the likelihood of folds forming under your skin, which creates deep lines. People who also take part in "facial exercises", which are exercises advertised to strengthen the skin through repeated facial movements, should reconsider because of this, as it is causing more harm than good.
Sleeping on your side is another wrinkle issue. When you sleep on your side, your face becomes crinkled on the pillow or mattress. This creates sleep lines on the surface of the skin which normally disappear once you awake. However continued sleeping on your side can see them etched on your face permanently. People who sleep on their sides tend to notice these lines forming on their cheeks and their chin while people who sleep face first into their pillow normally notice lines forming on their forehead. Sleeping on your back is the easiest way to counter sleep lines as your face isn’t being squished on your pillow.
Another cause of wrinkles, sadly, is in fact getting old. As you age, your skin cells regeneration begins to slows down and the dermis of your skin starts to thin. When you reach the age of 30, your collagen levels begin to drop drastically, which is a key factor to your skin’s firmness. The ability to withhold moisture in the skin starts to wane, which sees it become dry, flaky and even scaly. However one should not think that you cannot combat wrinkles because of this.
To attack wrinkles, you should seek a retinoid based product such as Retin-A or Renova which can be obtained via prescription from your local dermatologist. Vitamin C serum is another wonderful tool for combating wrinkles and is quite easy to brew up at home too. Dermabrasion, laser resurfacing and chemical peeling can also lead to smoother skin, while injectable fillers such as botox are available for those who want a more instant attack on aging. And of course, a healthy diet is a must for anyone who wants to fight wrinkles. Treat your body well and it will show in your skin.