There is the understanding that everything ages, including humans, however who really wants to look old? Nobody likes wrinkled clothes and the same definitely applies to a wrinkled face.
Wrinkles are folds, creases or ridges that appear on the skin. These are sometimes caused by aging as the skin loses its elasticity and becomes increasingly more fragile, or exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light which speeds up the natural aging process by breaking down the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Smoking and regular facial expressions also cause wrinkles.
So, what do you need to do to get rid of wrinkles? There are medical and surgical solutions that are available, but there are lifestyle changes that can be implemented to ensure wrinkle-free skin!
Check What Goes In
What you consume eventually shows on your skin and this is why it is important to eat and drink healthy! For food, a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables will have positive effects on your skin. Yes, whoever told you to eat more veggies was right. Feed your skin from the inside out with nutritious meals, regardless of your feeding style. Ensure you drink more water, as your body’s hydration also affects the elasticity of your skin.
One more thing to ensure you get rid of wrinkles for good? Quit Smoking.
Get Quality Sleep
We have established that the loss of elastin and collagen causes wrinkles in the skin, but did you know that an increase in cortisol (the stress hormone) can trigger a breakdown of collagen in your skin? More stress equals more wrinkles.
To fight stress, you need better quality sleep. Quality sleep is not only about how long you sleep, how and where you sleep also matters greatly in the wrinkling of your skin. Cleanse and moisturize your face before you go to sleep on a clean, skin-friendly bedding in a dark room. Keep your head elevated and put all stressors (electronic devices) away.
Invest in Skincare
To get rid of wrinkles, you need to build a skincare routine with quality products for your skin type!
The most important skincare product you need is sunscreen! The UV rays from the sun speed up the natural aging process and the best way to protect yourself is not sunglasses, but sunscreen! Invest in a quality moisturizer with at least SPF 30. Apply generously and if you are in the sun, reapply as often as every 2 hours.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Retinoids are skincare ingredients to look out for when picking anti-aging or anti-wrinkle products. AHAs are a group of acids that penetrate the skin to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. Retinoids are topical vitamin A–based drugs that help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
It is also important to note that investing in skincare goes beyond purchasing products, but also scheduling visits to the esthetician! So, be sure to add this to your list!
Wrinkles are a part of the aging process, however, you can ensure that your face continually looks youthful even as you grow older!