Wrinkles are an unfortunate side-effect of the skin’s natural aging process. As we get older, our skin produces less collagen, which is the substance that keeps your skin firm. This means that your skin is less elastic, and we all know what happens to rubber bands when they lose their snap.
But while this process is inevitable, there are still several things you can do to lessen the impact of aging on your skin. Most of these are quite simple, natural things that anybody can do that will not only help you prevent wrinkles naturally, but they will also make you feel better overall.
1. Avoid the Sun and Wear Sunscreen
Vitamin D is important for your skin. You can get it naturally from the sun. However, UV rays have been repeatedly shown to be the leading cause of skin cancer as well as premature aging. It doesn’t matter what the source of these UV rays is since tanning beds are just as harmful as the sun when it comes to damaging your skin. UV damages the DNA in your cells and stops them from recovering and healing as fast as they would otherwise.
And if you think you’re safe indoors, think again. UVA, the ray responsible for skin aging and cancer, can penetrate through windows and other transparent materials. This means that if you’re sitting in the sunlight, you’re getting a good dose of UVA, no matter where you are.
Luckily, sunscreens have become so advanced that they can block all UV rays and protect your skin without feeling like you’re slathered in wax. Make sure you find a sunblock that you like and wear it at all times, inside, outside, in sunny weather, and in cloudy weather too.
2. Don’t Be Scared of Fats
Fat has been getting a lot of good press lately, and it’s easy to see why. Polyunsaturated fats are important for healthy skin because they help your skin retain collagen and prevent oxidative damage. Omega-3s have also been linked to helping with dry skin and maintaining skin health.
If you haven’t already, make sure your diet includes at least some healthy fats from sources such as avocados or fatty fish. You can also take a supplement, but getting these fats from high-quality, nutritious foods is better since you also get all the other goodies that are found in these foods.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
This is more of a long-term solution than a short-term one. Water is essential for keeping skin healthy as it helps transport the oxygen and nutrients your skin needs, while also transporting away all the waste products your skin generates. Your skin also naturally absorbs some of this water, making it look firmer and healthier and can even give you a radiant glow. By keeping your skin wrinkle-free now, you’re less at risk of developing severe embedded wrinkles down the line.
4. Watch What You Eat
Diet plays a huge part in skin health, as you get most of your essential vitamins and minerals through your diet. A good example of this is vitamin C, which can’t be produced by the body but is essential for the production of skin collagen. Without enough vitamin C, your skin will produce less collagen and start losing its firmness sooner.
Antioxidants have also been getting a lot of press lately thanks to their ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are a type of oxygen that can damage DNA, and antioxidants can bind to free radicals and stop them from reacting with anything else.
By eating foods that are nutritious and contain a lot of nutrients, you make sure your body gets everything it needs to run properly. This means that your skin will be healthier in the long run and be less prone to aging damage as it can heal and repair itself better.
You may also boost your diet by taking supplements that will help you look and feel better.
Our skin can usually do a very good job of taking care of itself, but since we do so much to it, it often needs a bit of a helping hand. Whenever you wash your face with a soap-based cleanser or use tap water, you strip away a bit of the moisture barrier that protects your skin and prevents wrinkles. By using a good moisturizer to replace that moisture barrier, you ensure that your skin is healthy and protected against lines. And also, moisturized skin looks better, and any existing lines and wrinkles are less noticeable.
Wrinkles are going to happen; it’s a fact of life. However, you now know how to reduce wrinkles! By making a few small changes, you can give your skin an extra edge to reduce the number of wrinkles you get. By slowing down the wrinkling process, you can easily prevent some of the deeper creases that are more difficult to mitigate later in life. And by making healthy choices regarding your diet and water intake, you’ll also feel better while looking better.