While wrinkles naturally come with age, they do indicate where your smiles have been. Love the aging process and embrace your wrinkles. We know…easier said than done. If you’re struggling with the concept of getting older, here are a few tips to help “delay” the process via reducing your wrinkles.
1. Sleep On Your Back – Sleeping on your side wrinkles your cheeks & chin and sleeping face down creates a furrowed brow. Your safest bet…sleep on your back.
2. Eat Fish – One of the building blocks for great skin is protein and another is essential fatty acids to nourish and keep your skin plump & youthful. Fish like salmon not only is a great source of protein, but it’s also a source of omega-3.
3. Don’t Squint – Overworking your facial muscles forms grooves beneath the skin’s surface and consequently wrinkles. By wearing reading and sunglasses, you can reduce squinting and protect the skin around the eyes.
4. Apply Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – AHAs are natural acids that lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines and surface wrinkles. Stronger forms of AHAs may also help boost collagen production. But be careful…too much AHAs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
5. Don’t Over-Wash Your Face – Your skin is comprised of natural oils that protect your face against wrinkles. However, tap water strips the skin of moisture and the natural oils. Don’t wash your face too often to prevent washing away its protection.
6. Wear Your Vitamin C – Look for skin products with L-ascorbic acid or ascorbyl palmitate. This is the type of Vitamin C that when applied can help raise collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, help reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone, and reduce redness.
7. Use Soy – Studies suggest soy applied to the skin or taken as a supplement may help protect against or even heal some of the sun’s damage as well as possibly improve your skin’s structure, firmness, and even out skin tone.
8. Drink Cocoa – Researchers have found that cocoa with high levels of two antioxidants (epicatechin and catechin) may protect skin from sun damage, improve blood flow to skin cells, help hydrate, and make the skin look and feel smoother.
9. Practice Good Skin Care Basics – If you really want to keep your skin looking young, start with the basics. Avoid the sun, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and sun protective clothing, don’t smoke, and apply moisturizer.
And as always…we’re here for all your skin care and beauty related questions and needs.