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What causes wrinkles and how can you prevent getting them?
Wrinkles are an inevitable part of ageing, but there are steps you can take to slow their progress and prevent new ones from forming.
Lifestyle factors like eating a vitamin-rich diet, drinking plenty of water, protecting your skin from the sun, not smoking, and managing your stress play a key role when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and youthful.
Everyone’s skin ages, which is why the skin of a young child and a 90-year-old looks very different.
Skin loses elasticity as we age because collagen production slows down over time. This process can be exacerbated by various factors, including sun exposure, pollution, and certain lifestyle habits.
As you get older, your skin tends to become thinner and drier, too. When your skin doesn’t have as much moisture or volume as it used to, it can make it more prone to wrinkles.
What can you do to prevent wrinkles?
Genetics can play a role in how your skin ages over time. This is known as intrinsic aging. But even if your family has skin that tends to wrinkle easily, you still have a good deal of control over your skin and how well it ages.
Although wrinkles will inevitably show up at some point, taking good care of your skin can go a long way in keeping it wrinkle-free for as long as possible.
Below are some lifestyle changes that you can make to help keep wrinkles at bay.
- Protect yourself from the sun
It’s a well-known fact that exposure to the sun can damage your skin, leading to premature ageing and wrinkles.
Regular sunscreen use can slow down the signs of ageing skin.
To protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, it’s vital to apply an SPF of between 30 and 50 every day, even if it’s overcast. UV rays can still penetrate clouds, so don’t skimp on sunscreen just because it isn’t sunny.
Wear a wide brim hat, light-coloured clothes that’ll reflect the sun, and sunglasses with UV protection for extra protection.
A moisturiser acts like a drink of water for your face.
Moisturisers help to nourish and hydrate the skin. This is especially important as you get older and your skin becomes drier, making it more prone to wrinkles.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking water is essential for good health. Your body needs water for almost every function it does.
Besides vital functions like flushing toxins from your body, aiding with digestion, and regulating your body temperature, water can also help keep your skin healthy and hydrated from the inside.
- Eat vitamin-rich food
You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” When it comes to how well your skin ages, this is especially true. Foods high in anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties may also improve the skin’s elasticity and protect against skin damage and premature ageing. Some foods and drinks with these qualities include:
- green tea
- olive oil
- flax seeds
- vegetables, especially carrots, pumpkin, leafy greens, bell peppers, and broccoli
- Sleep on your back
Your sleeping position may influence the formation of wrinkles. For example, people who sleep on their side or stomach are prone to mechanical compression forces, which can speed up the appearance of wrinkles, and distort facial skin.
One way to prevent this is to try sleeping on your back instead of your side or stomach.
Silk pillowcases may also be kinder to your skin than cotton, as they create less friction and help prevent abrasion of the skin.
- Don’t smoke
Tobacco smoke damages collagen and elastin, the fibres that give your skin its elasticity and strength.
Also, the nicotine in cigarettes causes your blood vessels to constrict. This reduces the blood flow to your skin. As a result, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen. It’ll also limit the essential nutrients, like vitamin A, that can get to your skin.
Additionally, the repeated pursing of the lips to inhale may lead to premature wrinkling around the mouth.
- Relax your face
Repeated facial movements like squinting, frowning, or pursing the lips can speed up the formation of wrinkles.
If you find yourself squinting frequently, it may be a sign that you need to get your eyes checked or that you need a stronger prescription for your glasses or contact lenses. Getting a new prescription may benefit your skin as well as your eyes.
- Start seeing a Juv’ae Cosmetic Injector.
While prevention is better than cure if you are already in your 30s or 40s and have started to notice wrinkles on your face, now is the time to start investing in yourself and partnering up with a Juv’ae Cosmetic Nurse for your anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments. In the hands of a Juv’ae Cosmetic Nurse, you can be assured of safe, effective, and undetectable results that will leave you looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
To find your nearest Juv’ae Cosmetic Nurse, call 1300 255 913 or email [email protected].