Many researchers and doctors agree that it’s quite possible to look and feel as young as you are, as long as you take good care of your health.
Although the surface signs of aging can appear in the mid-20s to early 30s, reducing the rate at which wrinkles and fine lines appear, or how pronounced they are, is not that difficult.
The best way to reduce wrinkles and fine lines is using a combined approach. There’s no one method that works best. It’s always a combination of various lifestyle choices, foods, supplements, skin care products, and sound judgment. Here are some of the things that should help.
Reduce Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Say No to Smoking
While there may not be any definitive proof that smoking does cause more harm than other vices, everyone can pretty much tell if someone’s a smoker or not. Longtime smokers often have a yellowish skin and more pronounced wrinkles.
Why? Because the noxious chemicals found in cigarette tobacco cause the release of an enzyme which breaks down collagen and elastin. The first is a major structural protein in connective tissue. Elastin is also a protein and is mainly the one responsible for allowing connective tissue to return to its shape after stretching.
Use the Proper Skin Care Products
There are two types of skin care products that can help you the most when you want to tone down pronounced wrinkles and enhance your natural facial contours.
Avoiding excessive sun exposure is one of the top recommendations from dermatologists for patients complaining about excessive wrinkles. Obviously, the damage won’t be noticeable right away, but this type of damage might also be the most difficult to repair.
Therefore, using high-quality sunscreen or better yet, sunblock, should be on your to-do list.
Anti-wrinkle creams are topical cosmetic products that hydrate the skin and boost the proteins and nutrients it needs to retain its elasticity and smoothness. Of course, these only work on the upper layers of the skin, which is why it’s important to supplement them with quality lifestyle choices.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
You’ve probably seen that there are daytime and nighttime skin care products. What you probably don’t know is that applying your nighttime cream isn’t always enough to repair fine lines. You also need to get enough rest.
A good night’s rest gives the body’s tissues enough time to regenerate. The boost of nutrients and antioxidants from nighttime wrinkle creams also helps this process — not to mention the fact that getting enough rest can also tone down your stress levels which also contribute to skin aging, and makes you look older than you actually are.
Diversify Your Diet
Eating and drinking in moderation is not a bad way to approach things. However, if you want to specifically target the effects of aging, you may need to consume more of some food groups and less of others. Here are some examples.
For your skin to look good and well cared for, it needs a healthy daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acid, among other things. If you’re mostly a red meat eater or if you’re vegan, you might want to consider salmon as the main source of protein for some of your meals. Eating it on a regular basis might help reduce wrinkles, as long as you take other precautionary measures too.
You could also consider swapping your coffee for green tea and cocoa beans. While the energy boost may be lower, cocoa beans contain epicatechin and catechin. These compounds help protect the skin against sun damage and improve overall circulation, hydration, and smoothness.
Clearly, there’s a very good reason why most cosmetic products contain lots of antioxidants. However, they are not only found in skin care products. Since those only affect the upper layers of the skin, it’s important to create your own diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts with high concentrations of antioxidants. You should eat more blueberries, kale, raspberries, pecans, beets, red cabbage, goji berries, etc.
It’s Not an Easy Road to Natural Beauty
There are plenty of healthy habits you can pick up, foods you can incorporate into your diet, and skin care products you can use to help bring out your natural beauty. The problem is that there are so many temptations out there and it can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle at times.
If you have the discipline, then it shouldn’t come as too difficult. If you don’t, you might struggle a bit in the beginning, but, hopefully, it will get easier once you see tangible results.