Wrinkles are a fact of life. They are a natural part of the aging process, and laugh lines around the eyes and mouth are signs of a life well-lived – with plenty of laughs along the way. But not all lines are caused by laughing.
Many wrinkles are caused from the loss of collagen and elastin, the natural support structures of the skin, which weaken as we age. After the age of 20, we produce 1% less collagen a year, which leads to thinner and more fragile skin. But wrinkles can also be caused by a combination of environmental factors such as diet, sun and smoking as well as habits you may not realize are causing creases- such as sleeping on one side of the face.
Here’s a look at what you can do to prevent wrinkles.
- Wear Sunscreen Every Day One of the leading causes of wrinkles is UV rays from the sun, which damage collagen and lead to the formation of lines and creases in the skin, as well as dark spots. Sunscreen should be worn every single day, whether the sun is out or not. One of the most foolproof ways to remember to wear SPF is to use a daytime moisturizer with a high SPF. Try a tinted moisturizer if you don’t want to look chalky, or brush on mineral makeup which contains the physical sun blockers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
We recommend: Neutrogena’s Healthy Defense moisturizer contains SPF 50 and is ideal for sensitive skin. Or just brush on a layer of Colorescience, a non-chemical sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The powder comes in multiple shades and is also TSA friendly.
- Get Your Beauty Sleep “Beauty sleep” is an apt term, as clocking a solid eight hours is one of the best things you can do for your face (and your mind). A lack of sleep can aggravate skin conditions ranging from acne, eczema and psoriasis. Getting eight or more hours of sleep a night is crucial for good skin as the body repairs and recovers at night. While you sleep, the body produces more collagen and increases blood flow to the face- so give yourself enough time for your body to work its magic and wake up looking healthy and rested.
We recommend: The best way to ensure your nightly beauty sleep is to try and create a bedtime routine, such as turning off all electronics at the same time, and stick to it. A few drops of lavender oil help to calm and soothe when you’re feeling too wired to sleep.
- But Not All Sleep Is the Same You know you’re supposed to get at least eight hours a night of sleep, but not all sleep is the same. How you sleep (meaning the position of your face on the pillow) can also be a factor in the prevention of wrinkles. Sleeping with the side of your faced crushed against the pillow can lead to deep lines on that side. Here’s why. Repeated pressure in one targeted area can break down collagen, resulting in visible lines. Try to sleep on your back or switch to a smooth satin or silk pillow to reduce creasing.
We recommend: Invest in a special pillow to keep you sleeping on your back, or buy a silk pillow case so your face doesn’t stick to the pillow.
- Embrace Serum Choosing the right serum is one of the best defenses against the formation of wrinkles. Why a serum? They’re lightweight, highly concentrated and are readily absorbed into the skin. For maximum wrinkle fighting, choose a serum specifically formulated to tackle the signs of aging. Looks for ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants.
We recommend: Formulyst’s Anti-Wrinkle Peptide Serum as it contains an essential wrinkle busting workhorse- peptides. Peptides are protein fragments that are the critical building blocks of skin. This serum contains six rejuvenating peptides and also delivers a dose of hydration for smoother, supple looking skin.
- Quit Smoking We shouldn’t have to say this, but smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your health, and your complexion. Smoking accelerates the normal aging process of the skin, and leaves skin looking dull and yellow. Nicotine in cigarettes restricts blood flow, which means skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and nutrients, causing it to wrinkle faster.
We recommend: Stop smoking today.
- Avoid Repetitive Facial Motions This belongs in the category of “easier said than done,” but any repetitive facial moment can cause wrinkles. If you always drink from a straw, squint in the sun, or frown when concentrating, the constant motion can lead to the formation of fine lines. Here’s why. When you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. The skin loses its ability to bounce back as we age, and these grooves become permanent, leading to the formation of wrinkles.
We recommend: Avoid squinting by always wearing sunglasses outdoors, and skip the straw. Try to relax the face as much as possible.
- Use a Retinol When it comes to tackling fine lines and wrinkles, it’s hard to beat retinols. This vitamin A derivative does a little bit of everything, from boosting cell turnover to tackling dark spots and helping to reduce the appearance of pores. Retinols also help exfoliate dead skin cells, which means skin has a smoother, more even texture. Retinols should be applied at night, and start slowly to prevent excess dryness and irritation.
We recommend: Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream contains a high concentration of the powerhouse retinol as well as soothing, hydrating jojoba and safflower seed oil to lock in moisture.
- Get Your Eight A Day We’re not talking about eight hours of sleep a day but eight glasses of water a day. Water is essential for the proper functioning of the skin, which is the largest organ in the body. Water also helps with digestion and circulation, and helps flush out toxins and waste products from the body. Rehydrating is important especially after a workout. When you’re dehydrated, skin can look dry and scaly, and exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Drink up to help maintain optimum skin moisture and keep skin smooth and supple.
We recommend: Buy a refillable water bottle and bring it to work. Add slice of citrus fruit to flavor the water naturally.
- Microneedling Think of microneedling as a controlled injury with a positive outcome. It’s a procedure where a little wheel covered in hundreds of tiny needles punctures the skin in order to kick start the healing process. The skin heals itself by creating collagen and elastin, which give skin a firm, smooth look. It can also help treat acne scars, fade fine lines, and even out skin tone. Microneedling can be performed by a dermatologist or aesthetician, although you can also do this at home by purchasing your own dermarollers- although you won’t be able to go as deep as a pro.
We recommend: One of the fanciest dermarollers on the market is a 14 karate gold one from Environ, covered in 260 ultra-fine needles. A more budget friendly option is the Nurse Jamie Beauty Stamp
- Don’t Over Do It The skin on your face is delicate, and should be treated accordingly. While it is essential to wash your face at night to get rid of any dirt, sweat and impurities, don’t overdo it. Never use soap on your face as it is too drying. Over-washing the face can lead to dryness, which makes the skin look dull and more creased. Choose the right type of cleanser for your skin type, whether it is dry, oily or combination. Facial cleansers may also have to be switched due to seasonal changes.
We recommend: Formulyst’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser does it all; it cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Skin is left feeling clean and refreshed while rosehip seed oil and vitamins A, C and E help nourish the skin and leave it feeling soft.
- All About Antioxidants You are what you eat, and too much sugar and alcohol can accelerate the aging process, contributing to fine lines and wrinkles. Try to eat as many whole foods as possible, and full your plate with an assortment of antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits. Foods that are rich in vitamins C, E, and A can help reduce and prevent the signs of aging. Salmon and mackerel are packed with Omega-3’s, which help nourish the skin and keep it supple. Antioxidants are not only good for the body but do wonders for the face when applied topically.
We recommend: This serum from Formulyst contains a cocktail of good-for-you wrinkle fighting ingredients. Formulyst’s Active Serum – Vitamin B, C, E, Ferulic + Niacinamide protects skin from environmental aggressors that age the skin, such as UV rays and pollution. The formula leaves skin looking brighter and clearer, as well nourished.
- Facial Massage Massaging the face not only feels relaxing, but helps to stimulate blood flow to the area, leaving you with a healthy glow. Be careful not to tug or pull on the skin, so use a rich cream or facial oil. Treat yourself to a facial, which also help declog pores and even out skin tone, or do it at home.
We recommend: Try Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil, which is thick and rich, and packed with omegas 6 and 9 as well as antioxidants.