Our skin naturally dries out and loses its elasticity as we get older. However, with people learning more and more about skincare, procedures like eyelid surgery<span, and the relationship between diet and complexion, there are ways in which we can prolong the aging process. In fact, there could even be ways to undo the first signs of wrinkles if you’re dedicated enough.
1. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can cause our skin to lose its elasticity and can result in that typically sunken look. Our skin can also appear paler. By drinking more water, you could help to keep your skin supple and return that healthy rosiness to your cheeks.
It’s best to stick to good-old fashioned H20 when hydrating yourself. Coffee and alcoholic drinks can both contribute to dehydration as they’re both diuretics. Meanwhile soft drinks can often be full of sugar, which can be unhealthy for our skin due to it’s impact of inflammation. All in all, water is the way to go.
2. Quit smoking
Smoking damages pretty much every part of the body. The skin is one of the more noticeable organs to get damaged. By restricting blood flow to the skin, smoking stops important nutrients from getting to our outer layers. As a result, the skin become more aged as it is unable to heal properly.
Many facial wrinkles can also be attributed to smoking. The smoke from cigarettes can cause frown lines on the forehead and crows feet around the eyes. Smokers also tend to suffer from a unique form of wrinkling called smoker’s lips – lines on the lips caused by constantly sucking on cigarettes. There are lots of ways to give up smoking including nicotine patches, hypnosis and vaping. Experiment with different options to find the one that is best for you.
3. Stay safe in the sun
UV light from the sun is a big cause of wrinkles. While the skin does need sunlight to provide it with vitamin D, too much sun exposure can cause it to burn and dry out – which is when wrinkling occurs. Not only that, but you have a higher risk of skin cancer.
If you want to spend a lot of time in the sun, make sure that you slap on some sunscreen first. Either that, or cover up.
4. Take beta carotene
There could be another way of protecting your skin against damage from the sun, which is to take beta carotene. This nutrient is able to help us block the sun’s natural light. Consuming beta carotene regularly could also help to aid skin repair. You’ll find beta carotene in many skincare ingredients. It can also be consumed orally as a pill.
5. Try antiwrinkle creams
Anti-wrinkle creams aren’t just scams. Many of them contain ingredients that have proven benefits for the skin. Some creams such as basic moisturisers are great at preventing wrinkles as we get older – our skin naturally loses its oils as we age and moisturisers can help to substitute this oil. There are also creams on the market that can help to reduce existing wrinkles. A number of special serums can be found on the market containing ingredients such as retinol, which may help to reduce small wrinkles.
6. Try microneedling
Microneedling is a new procedure, which can help to rebuild collagen in the skin. It involves using tiny needles to help the production of collagen. You can now buy a dermaroller for microneedling which can allow you to try it from home.
7. Look into cosmetic surgery
If you’re looking for quick and effective results against wrinkles, cosmetic surgery could be an answer. This generally isn’t recommended for those that are still relatively young as you’re unlikely to have many wrinkles. However, if you’re older and the wrinkles have started to settle in, surgery could be worth considering. Facelifts are one of the most notable examples of cosmetic surgery to reduce wrinkles. There are also other non-surgical procedures such as laser treatment, deep peels, fillers and Botox.