Face wrinkles are small lines or folds that appear and become more prominent on our skin as we age. When we are young, our skin is rich in collagen and elastin, which provides for that plump, youthful look we crave once we step well into adulthood. As we get older, the skin gradually loses elasticity and plumpness, and we start to develop fine lines and wrinkles. On the face, depending on genetics and one’s facial expressions, we can develop forehead wrinkles, crow’s-feet (around the eyes), frown lines, marionettes lines (around the mouth), etc. However, not only aging causes wrinkles: UV exposure, poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, and genetics can all fasten the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
While the appearance of wrinkles is a completely natural process of a human body, people are constantly finding ways into preventing or diminishing them: some opt for wrinkle relaxer injectables like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport, and the others prefer at-home solutions without the needles. We’re bringing tips for the later:
Stay Away From Sun
Prevention is always the best medicine (not only for wrinkles): unprotected sun exposure causes solar damage in the form of premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles. One of the best things you can do to prevent wrinkles is to avoid excessive sun exposure and protect your skin from its harmful rays.
And if You Do Expose Yourself to Sun – Wear Protection
When spending time in the sun, sunblock is the first line of defense for your skin. Avoid exposing your skin to sun for tanning, wear sunglasses to prevent squinting, and slather on the SPF 30 throughout the year (not only in summer). As sunlight breaks collagen down, it causes thinning of the skin, and wrinkles appear more prominent in those that expose themselves regularly to sun without protection.
Hydration is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. The skin pulls fluid from the capillary blood flow, and if you’re dehydrated, the skin can dry out, too. Water helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and a healthy glow. The amount of water you should drink in a day depends on your height, weight, and metabolism, but between 6 and 8 glasses of water a day should be the aim (more, if your body needs it).
Take Care of What You Eat (and Drink)
Healthy diet is another health tip applicable to the entire body which reflects on our skin, too. A study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the intake of supplementations, such as Vitamins E and C, carotenoids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, improves protection of sun damage. It also mentions photoprotective effects observed in those that regularly eat vegetables, fruit, and olive oil. Cutting back on sugar, salty food, processed food, and alcohol is a first step towards healthier skin – with clearly visible effects. We wrote about healthy diet and its benefits for the skin here.
Cigarettes Are Bad for You and Your Skin
Except for increasing the risk of heart disease and lung cancer, smoking also causes premature aging and wrinkles. A study on the effects of smoking tobacco on skin shows that it leads to the degradation of collagen, elastic fibers and proteoglycans (molecules that support the hydration of the extracellular matrix of normal skin and provide resilience and viscoelasticity).
Reduce Stress in Your Life
Skin is the largest organ in our body, and as such, it reflects what is happening inside. American Academy of Dermatology Association claims that stress causes increased inflammation, worsens the existing skin conditions, and slows wound healing. When you’re under stress, your skin glands produce more oil, which then causes acne. Stress also triggers skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis for those prone to skin flare-ups. Stress hormones break down the collagen and elastin in skin and interfere with rejuvenation, which can speed up the aging process. Reducing stress requires time and decision, but mindful practices such as meditation and workout can help to manage the impact of stress on our body and mind.
Use Anti-Aging Ingredients in Your Skincare
Retinol and Vitamin C are the most powerful anti-aging ingredients in skincare. As we age, skin cell turnover slows down, and our skin becomes prone to wrinkles. Retinol promotes skin cell turnover, and thus helps to create new skin cells, resulting in thicker, more youthful-looking skin. It also strengthens the epidermis, helps retain moisture, and prevents collagen breakdown. All of this leads to plumper, firmer, more elastic skin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects your skin cells from external stressors that can cause premature aging and wrinkling – such as harmful UV rays. It boosts skin’s natural regeneration process, and helps to repair damaged skin cells. Thanks to its influence on collagen production, it helps to keep your skin youthful, prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
Hydrate With Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid has a remarkable ability to attract and retain moisture (it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water), keeping your skin hydrated and plump. We wrote about the benefits of using hyaluronic acid here. Looking for the best hyaluronic acid serum? FOREO SUPERCHARGED™ Serum 2.0 has a nourishing formula with 5 Hyaluronic Acids, Squalane, Vitamin E, Ceramides, Amino Acids, and Panthenol. It is clinically proven to significantly increase collagen production and boost skin moisture by 46% in 2 hours.
Exfoliate With Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliator derived from sugar cane with brightening, pigment-fading and exfoliating properties. It also boosts collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are some things to know before you start using it: it’s best to be used before bedtime as it can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation during the day, and remember not to use it with with Vitamin C, Retinol, Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide.
Last but Not Least: At-Home Microcurrent Treatment
If you’re curious to try something new and advanced, with remarkable results after only one use, FOREO BEAR™ 2 is a safe, painless alternative to botox and facelift. It’s clinically proven to improve deep wrinkles, fine lines, skin firmness, and elasticity in just one week. A couple of minutes a day of gliding across your cheekbones and forehead, combined with the before-mentioned SUPERCHARGED™ Serum 2.0 et voila – you will notice your skin becoming plumper already after first use.
Finally, don’t forget that aging is a natural process and that fine lines and wrinkles are a testament to your life. However, taking care of your skin while respecting the process of aging could benefit both your body and mind.