In this age of plastic surgery and Botox injections, looking younger has never been easier – or costlier. Scalpels and syringes may be effective in keeping you younger looking, but they’ll make your pocketbook penniless in the process. Fortunately, there are some basic changes you can make in your life to prevent wrinkles and keep you looking younger.
1. Drink water. Your skin is in constant need of water and when you are dehydrated, the body places other organs in the high priority bracket while leaving your skin to fend for itself. Persistent dry skin can lead to that leathery look that eventually leads to deep wrinkles. Hydrated skin stays softer and more pliable, which allows the skin to move around the muscles and fall back in place without causing the creases that lead to wrinkle lines.
2. Eat a healthy diet. Vitamins are very important to the skin, especially Vitamin E. Other important vitamins include Vitamins A, B and C. The oils and minerals from seeds and vegetables are also good for the skin. Also, research into foods rich with antioxidants are being discovered to have great potential with their anti-aging capabilities.
3. Avoid habits that damage the skin. Most people are aware of the effect of smoking on the skin. Smokers are almost always perceived as older than they really are. But what about coffee? Coffee has a very negative effect on the skin because it dehydrates the body and because it tenses the muscles, which can lead to wrinkles. Alcohol will also dehydrate the body and will also cause blemishes, often referred to as “red face.” Also, if stress is a habit in you life, taking up meditation, yoga or just making time to relax will help stave off those unwanted frown lines.
4. Protect your skin from the sun. A bronze tan is very attractive on a young person with healthy skin, but constant exposure to the sun will surely make that person’s skin more wrinkled and leathery as he/she ages. If you absolutely must have a summer tan, be sure to lay out in short intervals to let the sun into your skin gradually. Excessive exposure to the sun in a short amount of time will not let the skin heal properly; causing the body to make the skin tougher to protect itself, which in turn causes the leathery look of the sun worshipper. Also, be sure to use a sun screen that nourishes the skin as well as protects. There are a variety of products available that are recommended by dermatologists that protect the skin better than those available at the local drug store. Sunglasses are another anti-wrinkle device. Wearing sunglasses will keep you from squinting, which is the major cause of the “crow’s feet” that develop around the eyes as you grow older.
5. Use a topical cream that prevents wrinkles. The science of dermatology has vastly improved over the years and new and improved products that nourish the skin and keep it from wrinkling are being created all the time. Consult a doctor or a dermatologist to stay updated with the best that is available. If you are unable to visit a doctor, then go to any high-end department store that sells skin creams to learn of the best products available without a prescription.