Another year comes and yes, we all have to admit that another year will be added in our age. Every day we may see a lot of changes in our body – from adding a few more weight or probably losing some, a bit of sagging skin and oopsss a few wrinkles and fine lines in our face.
Much as we want to deny it, we all have to face the truth, all of us will get old and that’s perfectly normal!
One of the things that most women are afraid to see is having fine lines and wrinkles on their faces. Because they are the first thing that people will notice on their faces.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can prevent them and make your skin still look younger and healthier.
What do you need to know about wrinkles?
Wrinkles are folds, ridges, and creases that naturally appear in our skin as we all get older. They tend to appear on our faces especially on areas that naturally fold during facial expressions. They develop because the skin becomes thinner over time.
Wrinkles tend to appear on skin that is always exposed to sunlight such as the face, neck, back of the hands, and even your arms.
What you need to know is that they affect everyone – regardless of skin colour, skin tone, skin type, and race. In some cases, there are people who have early signs of wrinkles even at an early age. Here are some common known reasons:
- Too much sun exposure
- Lacks moisture
- Other medications
- Free radicals in the environment
- Exposure to UV rays from tanning booths, sunbathing and outdoor sports
How to Reduce Wrinkles?
Avoid too much sun exposure
Experts say that too much sun exposure can contribute to having wrinkles and I agree. If you can’t avoid going out every day, ensure that you wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor or SPF of over 30 and above to prevent your skin from sun damage and skin cancer.
For extra protection, wear sunglasses, light-coloured clothing to reflect the sun’s rays, or even long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats. This will ensure that you will be protected and covered when going out.
Give your face a massage
Many people give their faces a massage to prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Researchers found that using handheld devices such as facial cleansing and toning devices can do such by increasing the proteins of the skin that can keep it smooth.
These devices help not only in cleansing your skin but improve blood flow in your face and boosting cell turnover. Additionally, it also helps stimulate collagen and elastin production which is important in keeping your skin tight and elastic. Hence, preventing the appearance of wrinkles.
Take care of your skin
Having a regular skincare routine is essential in keeping your skin younger-looking and healthy. Make sure that you cleanse your skin regularly and exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Ensure that you clean your skin regularly. Add anti-aging skin care products like eye cream to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
You may also make your own masks with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, bananas, avocados, egg whites, coconut oil, and essential oils to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Moisturise your skin
As part of regular skin care, be sure to moisturise your skin always! Moisturisers play an important part in keeping your skin hydrated and rejuvenated all day.
Studies show that using moisturisers regularly is an effective way to keep your skin hydrated because they help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and penetrate deeper into your skin. Choose those that have Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to have healthy skin.
There is a reason why smoking is bad for your health in a lot of ways – and one of them is that it can age your face prematurely. It damages the fibers in your skin that give its strength and elasticity. The heat coming from smoking cigarettes also dries out the skin which makes your skin prone to early signs of ageing.
Get enough sleep
Having the right amount of sleep is essential to replenish and repair the cells in your body. According to dermatologists, when you lack sleep, your body produces a lot of cortisol, a hormone that breaks down your skin cells that makes your skin prone to early signs of ageing.
But if you have enough sleep, your body will have the chance to produce new cells that will help in making your skin elastic, thick, and strong helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles.
Sleep on your back
Some wrinkles may be caused due to the position you sleep in. The “sleep lines” can form into wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin. Over time, this compression will leave your skin weaker in other places hence forming wrinkles and facial lines. Prevent this compression by shifting and try sleeping in your back. Additionally, use a silk pillowcase for a smoother surface while you are sleeping.
Foods that are rich in antioxidants or anti-inflammatory elements can help improve the elasticity of your skin. It also helps protect your skin from damaging effects of the environment and early signs of ageing. Be sure to have a balanced diet that includes foods such as avocados, salmon, flax seeds, pomegranates, leafy greens such as broccoli, kale, and the like. Include an array of colourful fruits to keep your skin healthy and glowing.