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Prevent Wrinkles in Your 20s: Simple Steps You Can Start Now

Updated on February 28, 2018

Start Worrying About Worry Lines Now

Even thought you are in your twenties, you might want to think about wrinkles on your face. Sure, you can call those things that resemble bird's feet next to your eyes "laugh lines" and those canyons on your forehead "character lines", but a new name won't make them any different. And anyway, the names still include "line" and not "healthy skin". So, fellow naturally aging non-Vampire, face it, those wrinkles are inevitable. If you don't want to have to have premature Botox syndrome only later to find out the sides of your eyes are drooping, listen up!

The Basics of Preventing Wrinkles

'Tis simple. To prevent wrinkles and age lines on your face, your best bet is to adopt healthy habits. If your daily routine consists of these basics, you will have less wrinkles. The earlier you start, the better. The more often you follow this routine, the better. In other words, the more often you are able to remember these wrinkle prevention tips, the more likely you are to maintain smoother skin.

  1. Protect your skin from the sun. If you are able to completely stay out of the sun as much as possible, this will help. If you go in the sun, wear sunscreen. The sun wears on your skin and makes you squint.
  2. Don't smoke. In addition to making you generally healthier, not smoking will keep your skin healthier. Smokers tend to age faster, and smoking creates more defined wrinkles.
  3. Get some sleep! The more tired you are, the more tired your skin is. In addition to feeling better, more sleep will help your skin look better.
  4. Eat well. A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables provides your organs with the nutrients they need. Fruits and veggies also have lots of anti-oxidants.
  5. Drink enough water. Drinking water flushes toxins out of your system, toxins which can be harmful for your skin. In addition to benefiting your skin, drinking water helps your eyes. Staying hydrated helps prevent your eyes from being dry.

Wrinkle Treatments

So you done done it already, you are a smoker and have crow's feet at age 23. You liked to sunbathe as a teenager and are seeing it under your eyes. You partied and maybe slept on your face too many times. Got some wrinkles from it. It's okay, human being, there are still some things you can do to prevent even worse wrinkles.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is known as an "ancient beauty secret" because it has apparently been used as an anti-aging serum for thousands of years. I mean, look at those Greek women (I don't mean Greek like Phi Mu, I mean like Greece). Some of history's leading ladies, like Cleopatra, are said to have used olive oil to keep their skin radiant. Extra virgin olive oil is the "best grade" olive oil for your skin and is often used in high-end beauty products. Olive oil used as a moisturizer for your ski provides antioxidants like Vitamins A and E. If you have a sunburn, windburn, or exposure to other environmental hazards like smoke, these vitamins in olive oil can help repair damaged skin cells.

Idebenone: I de what?? No, it's nothing dirty. Idebenone is a synthesized antioxidant said to be the best anti-wrinkle formula out there. It is made of Coenzyme Q10 and is found in many anti-wrinkle creams. It is used to prevent wrinkles, and also protects the skin. To get technical, idebenone purportedly creates a protective layer around the mitochondria in your cells and strengthens the skin. It is more commonly used as an element of treatments for Alzheimer's disease. If you want to try it for your skin, make sure your wallet's fat because one ounce of idebenone serum costs $24.

Pomegranates, Acai, Blueberries, and Green Tea: Eating these foods can help your skin because they are packed with antioxidants. You can also put the fruit directly on your face. For real! No, I don't mean go to the grocery story and do it, I mean find creams and gels that include pomegranates, acai berries, blueberries, and green tea. Antioxidants are important for healthy skin because they help your cells fight off dangerous free radicals. Free radicals can cause wrinkles in your skin by latching onto healthy DNA molecules. Antioxidants have also been shown to slow down deterioration of nerve cells, motor skills, and memory.

Anti-Wrinkle Creams: Anti-wrinkle creams and wrinkle prevention creams are sort of the same thing. The difference is really in the marketing. The point of these creams is to make your skin more taught and to do away with excess skin cells. When you are choosing a wrinkle cream, just check out the ingredients.

Skin Regimen Products: A Breakdown

Wrinkles are not the only thing that may make you appear older... the overall health of your skin is important too.

In addition to following the above general rules to prevent wrinkles, you should have a picked out a good skin care regimen for yourself. There are some pre-planned regimen products like Proactiv, Olay for You, and Neutrogena SkiniD. They seem to be successful for some. However, if you want to make your own, it is good to understand the elements you might include. Following are the elements you might include in a skin regimen:

Cleansers: There are a million thousand facial cleansers out there, and it's hard to pick one. These are the types you have to choose from, and the features of each. Some cleansers will be more than one type of cleanser:

  • foaming cleanser - Foaming cleansers are popular for their texture because they create a pleasant bubbly soap that can feel very gentle on your skin. They also emit a pleasant aroma and often are made with sage, lavender, and chamomile.
  • cream cleanser - Cream cleansers are often gentle on your face and often double as calming cleansers.
  • renewing cleanser - The renewing cleanser acts as an exfoliant, but without the rough texture. Renewing cleanser is used to remove excess skin and oil.
  • gentle cleanser - Gentle cleansers made to target sensitive skin. Their mild cleansing chemicals are not as harsh as many other cleansers, and prevent irritation and soothe red skin.
  • soothing cleanser - Much like a gentle cleanser, soothing cleansers are for sensitive skin. They are also for skin which has been irritated, like by sunburn, harsh acne products, a chemical peel, or wind.
  • gel cleanser - A gel cleanser is exactly what it sounds like: gel. Many are in this form because they will then create foam, which is lighter and easier to wash off. Some gel cleansers are specifically for makeup removal.
  • oil-free cleanser - Again, the name says it all. Oil-free cleansers are targeted toward people with acne and oily skin. Any additional oil added to the skin simply makes it worse.

Exfoliant: Exfoliants are for exfoliation.

Just kidding, that's not all I'm writing. I'm not a lawyer with correct but useless answers. The purpose of using an exfoliant on your skin is to get rid of old skin cells which are covering up your new skin's radiant shine. There are several ways to exfoliate: chemical peels, microdermabrasion facial cleansers, and exfoliating cleansing cloths. Exfoliation is important because it makes your skin look more healthy, unclogs pores, and exposes hair follicles (this is good for pre-shaving, gentlemen). However, be aware that exfoliating can dry out your skin, which leads to my next product!

Moisturizers: Facial moisturizers are used to prevent dry skin, to treat dry skin, to protect skin, to improve skin tone, and to improve skin texture. Much like cleansers, there are many types of moisturizers:

  • dry skin relief moisturizer
  • oil-free moisturizer
  • anti-aging moisturizer
  • repair cream: Repair cream tends to be thick, and is often an emollient, which means it is used for treating dry and scaly skin. It is usually used to treat a condition, and is not a daily use lotion.
  • firming cream: Firming cream is used to improve the skin's elasticity. Some people who use this have said it reduces wrinkle lines!
  • night cream: Night cream, like repair cream, is used as treatment. The user wears it overnight and its ingredients deeply penetrate the skin in order to target extremely dry skin conditions.
  • brightening/tinting moisturizer: Brightening and tinting moisturizers are used to actually change the skin's color. Much like a fake tan, these moisturizers essentially penetrate the skin to add more color. They often double as foundation or other liquid make-ups and include SPF.
  • clarifying lotion: Clarifying lotion is another term for skin toner. Don't be confused if you are shopping for clarifying "lotion" and find a liquid as they are one in the same.

Masks: Face masks are essentially deep cleansers for your skin. They get rid of excess skin cells, and some calm or soothe the skin. Some are also used to minimize pores or to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Acne Cream: There are probably 10,000 acne creams available, as essentially every cosmetic manufacturer makes a few and give them all different names. The best way to find a match for your skin is to check out the ingredients. When choosing an acne cream, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How sensitive is your skin? If it is not sensitive, you may need to use harsher creams which will dry out zits overnight. If it is mildly sensitive, you may be able to use mild creams or harsher creams combined with lotions. If your skin is very sensitive, you may need calming fluid and you may have to be patient while your zits are cured.
  2. How often do you go in the sun? Some acne treatments make your skin extremely irritable in the sun or when exposed to chemicals like chlorine. Pay close attention to how your skin reacts to daily exposure.
  3. How much makeup do you wear? Some acne creams may react with your makeup, and some may make your skin dry in certain spots which will show up when you put on foundation.
  4. How responsible are you? No, really! If you are a party girl and don't like to hassle with a nighttime regiment, then don't use something that requires long-term use. Use a spot cream or something that will have more immediate results, even if they might not last as long. It would be better to clear up some than none.

Pore Strips: The purpose of a pore strip is to pull out blackheads. Blackheads are most commonly found on the nose and chin areas. Many pore strips contain a mild glue which bonds with the dirt and oil gathered in your pores and pulls it out. You can buy pore strips in the store or make them yourself. While pore strips do not prevent blackheads, they will reduce their appearance.

Toners: Toners shrink pores, and are usually applied with a cotton ball. However, many can be applied as a spray or with gauze layered on the face in the form of a mask (creepy!) There are several types of toners which are classified based on the amount of alcohol they contain. Skin bracers have very little alcohol (0-10%) and are good for sensitive skin. People with oilier skin or combination skin can use skin tonics (which contain about 20% alcohol). Astringents are the strongest type of facial toner and contain anywhere from 20-60% alcohol. They can dry your skin, which makes them good for people with oily skin.

These are the basic ingredients for your skin regimen. Your skin will be with you always, so if you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it will behoove you to start thinking about it now!


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