Want to ensure your skin stays vibrant and healthy?
Take a look at this guide to learn the best ways to prevent wrinkles when you’re young.
If you’re a patient of ours, you know our mantra for preventive skin care is to apply SPF every day.
Protecting your skin from sun exposure is the #1 way to fight visible signs of aging. No matter your age or skin type, applying SPF is one thing you need to do every single day. Even if you’re not planning to be outside, you still need SPF. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can penetrate windows in your car, office or home, damaging your skin.
Besides wearing SPF daily, here are a few other ways to help maintain a youthful appearance and fight fine lines and wrinkles.
1. Catch Up on Sleep
Your daily habits can have a big impact on your skin health. One of the easiest ways to prevent wrinkles is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
Otherwise, the fatigue can start to show on your face.
- Think of sleep as your body’s reset button. Sleep gives your body the chance to repair. As you rest, your skin rejuvenates.
- Make sure your room is dark. Otherwise, light could affect your circadian rhythm.
- Avoid watching TV or staring at a computer screen before bed.
- Switch to a silk pillowcase to keep wrinkles from forming.
- If you have a nylon or cotton pillowcase, sleep on your back instead.
- Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Stick to a routine to give your body and skin the rest it needs.
2. Get Your Nutrients In
We are what we eat! Your diet could impact your skin health as well.
First, make sure to give your body plenty of protein. Our skin is mostly protein, which is built from collagen. Unfortunately, our bodies produce less collagen as we get older.
The body breaks collagen into amino acids. Amino acids ensure your body can absorb nutrients like vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are essential for skin health.
Foods that are ideal for skin health include:
- Bell peppers
- Chia seeds
- Citrus fruits
- Cod liver oil
- Flax seeds
- Leafy greens
- Tropical fruits
Try eating citrus fruits like oranges, which are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is also readily available in broccoli, strawberries, kale, spinach, and papaya. Foods that are rich in vitamin C can keep your skin looking young.
Additionally, there are certain foods that trigger the inflammatory cascade that you should try to minimize. These foods include empty carbohydrates and sugar. If you can avoid inflammation, you can minimize another cause of wrinkles.
3. Boost Your Collagen Levels
The following professional-grade skincare treatments stimulate the collagen cascade. After age 30; our ability to make our own collagen slows down, dramatically. Treatments that are used for collagen induction include:
- Laser resurfacing
- Chemical peels
Wrinkle relaxers such as Dysport and Botox, are the most popular way to decrease fine lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movement. They relax the muscles that cause wrinkles and allows collagen to remodel in the lines caused by movement on your.
Popular areas where wrinkle relaxers are used:
- Between the eyebrows (glabella)
- Crows feet
Make sure to choose an experienced, certified practitioner before seeking treatment.
4. Start Supplementing
You can also add vitamins and minerals to your daily routine.
Consider ingredients like:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Collagen peptides
- Coenzyme Q10
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Increasing your vitamin C and linoleic acid intake could help produce younger-looking skin.
5. Dodge the Sun
Make sure to apply SPF, grab a sun hat and pair of shades the next time you head outside. 90% of aging is caused by the sun, so do your part and use a sunscreen on your face, neck and chest, EVERYDAY, to prevent further signs of aging.
The sun’s UV rays hinder your natural collagen production and produce an enzyme, collagenase, that degrades collagen and causes wrinkles. Even 15 minutes of sun allows these enzymes to cause wrinkles.
6. Your Skin Care Routine
Medical grade skincare, containing collagen-boosting ingredients include vitamin A derivatives, better known as Retinol or Retinoids. Vitamin A derivatives increase your cells turnover which increase your skin’s collagen levels.
Another ingrediant that helps increase cell turnover and collagen production is Vitamin C. When applied, topically, it aids in repairing your skin barrier and helps to increase cell turnover to aid in repairing your skin from harmful damage it is exposed to during the day.
Daily use of SPF will help future aging and prevent further collagen breakdown. It is important to use medical grade products that are formulated to be delivered to the correct layer of skin cells. Over the counter products arent able to deliver the ingrediants to the correct layer of the skin, and end up staying on the surface of your skin, and could be a cause of your breakouts, rosacea or sun damage.
7. Remove Bad Habits
Bad habits like smoking can have a negative impact on your skin health. Smoking releases enzymes that break down collagen, allowing wrinkles to form.
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