Is there an easy answer to the question how to prevent wrinkles?
It’s based a lot on our lifestyle and how we treat our body as we get older.
It’s mostly trial and error and waiting to see some significant results and then thinking that maybe a more expensive product would work better and then finding another article that talks about another miracle wrinkle eraser cream/serum and so on and so forth.
Let me be frank, as I always am.
I don’t like getting old. I want to stomp my foot and make time stop because adulthood it’s still too hard and so expensive.
Trying different ways to answer the question how to prevent wrinkles doesn’t help my budget, either.
I still haven’t found the joy in being older.
Just as I’m writing this, I’m trying to decide if I should go to an ophthalmologist or not.
Or maybe if I don’t see well enough I’ll live under the impression that I don’t have any wrinkles. That could work, too.
How do Wrinkles Form?
According to Medical News Today, the first fine lines that we get on our face are caused by facial expressions.
That sounds totally logical and totally unhelpful since many people are very expressive.
I can’t mold my personality just so I don’t end up with wrinkles. I’m going to laugh and frown and make stupid faces without feeling guilty.
Besides facial expressions, smoking, sun damage, dehydration, environmental factors (pollution), not enough sleep, stressful lifestyle, and unhealthy food, wrinkles are part of the aging process.
As we get older, the skin loses elasticity, it gets thinner and drier and so, as years pass, more creases, wrinkles, and lines mar our face.
You’re going to hear the words collagen and elastin.
What are they?
- offers strength and flexibility
- is produced until aging begins
- once production slows down, the skin gets thinner, is more easier damaged, it sags and wrinkles
- returns the stretched structures to their original shape, that’s why it sounds so much like elasticity
- is no longer produced after puberty
You can read about more on them here.
How Can I Prevent Wrinkles on My Face?
A lot of the things that I’m going to talk about have nothing in common with serums or anti-aging creams.
They are related to our lifestyle.
I started my wonderful journey on how to prevent wrinkles when I was 25. That’s when I really started noticing fine lines around the eyes.
Just a touch of crow’s feet to keep me on my toes.
It’s really best to start early on how to prevent wrinkles so that there are few to be treated as we grow older but not necessarily wiser.
And some can be followed more easily than others, at least for me.
1. Give up Smoking
In my case, that falls into the category easier said than done.
Smoking deprives the skin from oxygen and nutrients. It also destroys collagen and elastin.
Smokers usually form more pronounced wrinkles on the upper lip because of the movement the lips make when the smoke is inhaled and the exhaled.
Loose skin under the eyes is another effect.
The effects are really hard to believe but giving up smoking should be at the top of the list on how to prevent wrinkles.
Alcohol consumption can also cause wrinkles because it dehydrates the body and the skin.
2. Get Enough Sleep
If you always feel like that there aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done, try to remember that getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night works wonders on the skin.
As soon as I lose some sleep, I think that I instantly look older.
It definitely shows on my face and I get dark circles and pronounced lines under my eyes.
The ScienceDaily features a study that links sleep deprivation to aging.
We can get away with sleepless nights in collage but once you get near 30, it actually shows.
3. Use Sunscreen
Sun damage is high on the list of things that needs to be avoided in our mission on how to prevent wrinkles.
It happens because UV lights break down the collage and elastin.
You don’t need a sunscreen with SPF higher than 50. Not even in the summer.
In the rest of the months, you can opt for one with lower SPF.
You just have to remember that you need to wear sunscreen every day of the year, even in the winter. In the summer, don’t forget about the neck and cleavage area.
4. Drink Enough Water
We hear this all the time from everyone, including celebrities. They always go on and on about how much water they drink.
Up until I was 20 I didn’t pay much attention to how much water I was consuming.
Unfortunately, my reason for starting to drink at least 2 liters of water every day had nothing to do with beauty but because I was suffering from a urinary infection at that time.
But it became a habit, a healthy one and now I drink it constantly throughout the day without monitoring the number of liters.
It’s just about feeling good, my body tells me if I get too busy and I’m not drinking enough.
Water kips our skin hydrated from the inside.
I also drink a lot of green and black tea.
They’re both rich in antioxidants and they limit my coffee intake since both contain caffeine. Well, let’s be honest, I just like the taste, those perks are just the bonus.
5. Foods for Healthy Skin
This is where loving to cook really comes in handy.
I love eating but cooking still seems so hard sometimes. Especially healthy cooking, I’m still not good at that at all.
I cannot stress how important this is if you want to learn exactly how to prevent wrinkles.
I just hope you’re better at following it than I am.
It’s a very complex subject, books have been written about it but I will just mention the basics.
Have a balanced diet with a bit of meat, lots of seeds and greens and vegetables, and some eggs, plenty of fish, fruits and some more fruits, and brown not white rice.
Cut on your sugar intake.
There are some magic words that specialists mention when talking about a healthy diet that can help in the fight against wrinkles:
- amino acids, which are found in protein sources, like seeds and nuts, eggs, fish, tofu, and meat
- omega fatty acids that you can get from olive oil, avocado, chia seeds, salmon, walnuts
- leafy green vegetables – we’ve all heard about how important it is to eat broccoli, spinach, and kale
- phytoceramides, which are amazing because they assist in the production of ceramides even as we age – you can get them from brown rice, beets, wheat germ
- antioxidants from carrots, kale, pumpkin, tomatoes
- sweet potatoes have a high level of beta-carotene (antioxidant) and magnesium
- blueberries for their richness in vitamin C – even if using a good vitamin C serum is amazing, booting up your intake of vitamin C (it’s needed for collagen production) through a healthy diet is also immensely helpful in your fight against wrinkles
- Brussels sprouts – even though they’re rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, I’ll leave them to you, I hope you can like them more than I do, which is not at all
- bell peppers because they contain vitamin C
- green tea
- sardines for their omaga-3 fatty acids
- dark chocolate – forget about all the rest, get dark chocolate with 70% cacao or more because it’s great for skin firming
Other tips on how to prevent wrinkles include:
- remove your makeup gently, especially when it comes to the eye area – I don’t have much experience with this since I don’t wear makeup but on the occasion that I had to wear makeup I found it incredibly hard to get rid of waterproof mascara so it’s best to avoid it if you can
- don’t rub your eyes because it leads to itchiness, dryness, and dark circles
- staring down into the phone all day can lead to lines and creases in the neck
- wear sunglasses
- sleep on your back
All these tips are common sense but that doesn’t mean that they’re easy to implement.
Just remember to do your best.
Best Anti-Aging Cream Components
There are two main categories: antioxidants and cell regulators.
The antioxidants (vitamins) reduce collagen degradation, while cell regulators (retinols) influence collagen production.
- Vitamins C, E, and B3 are the most important antioxidants
- the most important cell regulator is vitamin A (retinol), which causes less irritation than tretinoin
- polypeptides stimulate collagen synthesis and activate dermal metabolism
Do Moisturizers Prevent Wrinkles?
On my how to prevent wrinkles quest, this is one of the question that I was very interested in knowing the answer to.
The answer is: definitely yes.
We are obsessed with anti-aging creams and serums but we forget about the power of a good moisturizer.
I have really dry really sensitive skin and I found that argan oil combined with vitamin A and vitamin E plus a vitamin C serum work well for me but you can discover your own combination that works best for your skin type.
And whenever I leave the house, no matter the season, I apply sunscreen. Don’t ever forget about sunscreen.
Simply put, dry skin is more likely to wrinkle and it sounds very logical.
As we get older, the skin dries, which increases the number of wrinkles we get.
Moisturizing creams with vitamin C or vitamin A are pretty great.
When you apply a moisturizer or a serum or an eye cream take a minute to massage the area.
Lightly massage the skin around the eyes but you can use a bit more pressure on the rest of the face.
A massage increases blood flow, which also happens when you’re using a facial scrub.
Besides hydrating the skin, a moisturizer can make wrinkles and lines slightly less noticeable.
How to Prevent Wrinkles: Boost Your Collagen
- vitamin C – first through a balanced diet and by using a serum because it also protects against environmental factors (pollution) and it protects your skin from sun damage, it’s a complete winner and, since I’ve discovered it, I don’t leave the house without applying a vitamin C serum and sunscreen
- topical retinoids are amazing because they exfoliate dead skin cells, reduce acne and breakouts, and promote new collagen production but it’s best to use them under the guidance of a dermatologist because they can seriously irritate the skin, worsen your breakouts in the beginning until the skin starts to clear and brighten, and increase sun sensitivity
- retinol is a bit more gentle than retinoids so more people prefer this ingredient for boosting collagen production and it’s easily accessible in over-the-counter skin care products
- exfoliate when you’re young and continue that way – in time, combine physical exfoliation (facial scrubs, facial cleansing brushes) with chemical exfoliation by using glycolic peels and serums
- facial massages
- collagen masks sound pretty interesting – I haven’t felt the need to try them yet but I’m considering them more and more
As it’s always the case, there’s not a single answer to the question how to prevent wrinkles, there’s a myriad of factors that need to be considered but I hope that now you know what you have to do or what you need to improve, first and foremost in your lifestyle.