Aging and poor skincare habits do a lot of things to your body. Unfortunately, these show on your skin as well. Before you know it, you might notice crow’s feet, forehead creases, facial lines, and other changes in your skin’s tone and texture. Of course, many of us want to get rid of these visual signs of aging.
But the real question is: how? Continue reading below for various tips and proven ways to look and feel younger!
- Sun Protection
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is the main cause of visible skin aging signs. Uv rays are available in two forms: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause tanning or discoloration, wrinkles, and other aging signs while UVB rays cause sunburns or can even lead to skin cancer.
These rays damage your skin greatly by triggering the production of free radicals, damage the skin cells, proteins, and cellular DNA. As you age, your body’s natural ability to repair your cells is reduced and slowed, leading to permanent damage.
These are the reasons why you must avoid the sun at all costs. However, if you really must go outside during the day, make sure to wear protective clothing like a hat or long sleeves. Also, make it a habit to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 on your forehead and the rest of your body.
- Mindful Eating
Your diet is another thing that may be causing or accelerating your skin’s aging. So, although it seems like a cliche, eating a healthy, balanced diet can not only improve your skin but your overall health as well.
Try to sneak in more vegetables and fruits into all your meals. These provide you with essential vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. Dietary fibers help your body get rid of toxins while antioxidants are your best defense against free radical damage.
Drink more water to keep your skin hydrated. Eat more foods rich in healthy fats and nutrients. Steer clear of alcohol, sugary treats, deep-fried and greasy foods, processed meats, and animal fats. These foods are associated with speeding up the skin’s aging process.
- Regular Exercise
A healthy diet should always go hand-in-hand with regular exercise. If you don’t exercise, start with 30-minute walks or 10 minutes of cardio and work your way up from there. Try yoga and meditation to help with your mental health and stress relief as well. Do this once daily five to seven days each week.
You will find that this habit, although difficult at first, will be very beneficial in the long run. It improves circulation, boosts energy levels, and enhances skin elasticity. Headstands and yoga positions that encourage blood flow to the face also reduce wrinkle-causing gravitational pull by allowing your muscles to relax.
- Beauty Rest
Being able to sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours every night is as important for your skin as it is for your overall health.
We all know that dark circles and puffy eyes are not pretty, but aside from that, the lack of sleep causes the body to overproduce cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone that breaks down skin cells, leading to deeper, more prominent lines and wrinkles.
If you sleep more, on the other hand, your body makes more growth hormones, which help keep your skin elastic, wrinkle-free, and young-looking.
- Sleeping on Your Back.
Aside from not getting adequate sleep, sleeping on your sides or your stomach can also cause wrinkles on your forehead, brows, chin, and cheeks. This also stretches the skin on your face, which can cause sagginess and even more wrinkles in the future.
So, sleep on your back. It might also help to use silk sheets and pillowcases, which allow your skin to slide rather than stretching it out.
- Say No to Cigarette Smoking!
Yes, skin aging is still another reason to quit smoking. I know this is easier said than done, but now is always the right time to let go of this habit.
Cigarette smoking exposes your body to chemicals that trigger the release of enzymes for the breaking down of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins found under the skin which maintain its plumpness, tightness, and smooth texture. When these proteins are damaged, your skin becomes less taut, and wrinkles become deeper, more prominent, and harder to remove.
- Oil Massage
Gently massaging around wrinkles with warm oil in repeated upward and downward motion for ten minutes once or twice a day can improve circulation, reduce wrinkles, and provide excellent hydration.
Use a few drops of botanical oils like olive oil, rose oil, castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or a combination of these after washing your face thoroughly. Apply directly to your wrinkles and massage until well-absorbed.
- Facial Yoga
Yes, there’s such a thing as facial yoga. It aims to reduce wrinkles and creases on your face and neck by doing simple facial stretches and exercises. It is effective in correcting droopy eyelids, jowls, forehead wrinkles, and such.
Facial exercises are said to relax muscles, increase circulation, reduce stress, and tighten or smooth out the skin. Try facial exercises like the lion face, the V, and the owl to reduce forehead wrinkles. You can also do these simultaneously with yoga and meditation for double benefits!
- Makeup to Disguise Marionette Lines, Forehead Creases, and Eye wrinkles
If you need a cheap, quick, and easy fix for your skin’s imperfections, makeup could be your new best friend. Common mistakes in trying to use makeup to conceal wrinkles include using too much product, opting for a matte finish, using darker hues, and not moisturizing properly.
To effectively hide your wrinkles, try these:
- Clean and moisturize your skin before applying makeup because dry skin is more prone to wrinkles. Apply a good moisturizer or hydrating products especially in problem areas like the eye contour, around the mouth, and on the forehead.
- Use illuminating primers directly on wrinkles to reflect the light off them and reduce their appearance.
- Choose liquid makeup over powder because powder tends to settle inside creases, making them look worse and more visible.
- Use a light-colored blush and concealer.
- Use concealer, powder, and foundation sparingly.
- Professional Dermatologic Procedures
If all else fails, you can always consult your dermatologist for other treatment options to reduce your wrinkles and restore your skin’s youthful appearance. While these require more time, money, and effort, the effects are also often long-term and excellent.
Procedures like facelifts, botox, dermal filling, laser therapy, skin resurfacing, and many others target specific or multiple skin issues so your dermatologist would know which are the best for you.
Staying young-looking and wrinkle-free is hard because of the many factors around us that affect our skin’s health. Fortunately, these excellent ways to reduce, prevent, and remove aging signs are all available!