Natural Wrinkle Prevention and Reduction

Wrinkles. They look adorable on a shar-pei ..

On the human body, they’re considered less appealing. And while the shar-pei outgrows its wrinkles, the ones on people tend to deepen. It’s part of the aging process. Skin owes much of its firmness a fibrous protein called collagen. A second type of protein, elastin, supplies its spring. Oil-secreting glands make it soft and supple, and an underlying layer of fat adds contour. As the body ages, the cells that produce all of these substances become fewer in number and less vigorous. Lacking protein, the skin weakens and loses tone. It sags and creases as the fatty cushion thins and oils dry up. Don’t blame it on your genes. It’s true that some people age more gracefully than others. And while scientists are beginning to gain a deeper understanding of how genetics influence the aging process, they’re also discovering how much your lifestyle choices can affect your genes. Your genes only govern around 30% of how you age; the other 70% is up to you.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

As you get older, the genes that control inflammation, the production and strength of collagen, and your skin’s ability to retain water begin to behave in a way that encourages the formation of wrinkles. Those changes are caused by mutations. A study found that aged skin that hadn’t been exposed to the sun had about 3,800 genetic mutations, while skin that had been exposed to the sun had around 10,000 mutations in the same genes![2] So if the risk of skin cancer isn’t enough to get you to wear sunblock and wide-brimmed hats, let vanity persuade you. Women need to be careful while blocking sun rays. Vitamin D comes from the sun and is absorbed through the skin. Look up Vitamin D deficiency.

Eat, Drink, and Slather on the Antioxidants

When UV rays are absorbed by your skin, they create free radicals, which are volatile molecules. Those free radicals can latch onto your DNA and cause the mutations that cause wrinkles. Antioxidants help your body defend against free radicals. Combat wrinkles by eating foods and drinking beverages that contain antioxidants (pomegranates, acai, blueberries, green tea) and using creams or moisturizers that contain them.

Drink Enough Water

If you do not hydrate properly, it can easily lead to lack of lipids in epidermis which makes your skin dry and wrinkled. Drink plenty of water! It’s recommended to consume at least 64 to 84 ounces (~2 liters ) of water daily in order to keep skin radiant and fresh looking. (quantity obtained from drinking and food eating combined)

Wear Sunglasses Regularly

Not only will wearing sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes from the sun, but it’ll also help prevent squinting, which directly contributes to wrinkling.

Sleep on your back

…to prevent sleep lines, which can eventually turn into wrinkles. Get sufficient sleep in comfortable position. Uncomfortable position where parts of your skin are stressed will also produce wrinkles. If you sleep on your side you may risk lines on your chin and cheeks. While sleeping on your stomach may cause scowled eyebrows. So the best thing you can do is to sleep on your back.

Stop smoking

Heavy smokers are almost 5 times more likely to show excessive wrinkling than nonsmokers. Smoking can damage collagen, and the squinting and lip pursing that comes with smoking directly create wrinkles over time.

Control your facial expressions

More animated expressions mean more creases, and creases eventually become wrinkles. It might be difficult, but try to do away with frowning, eyebrow raising, and squinting. Don’t stop smiling or laughing, however. A genuine smile causes crow’s feet around your eyes but the power of sincere joy against wrinkles may be stronger than the effects of not smiling… Squinting overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin’s surface. The groove eventually becomes a wrinkle.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Stress is producing certain hormones; cortisol for example. Bigger amounts of cortisol can pull down immune system, reduce muscular tissue and cause skin to become thinner, which consecutively makes it wrinkled and old looking. In a study of female identical twins (i.e. people with the same genes), researchers found that divorced women looked older than their married or widowed twins, and women on antidepressants looked older than their twins who weren’t. It’s unclear whether the antidepressants or the depression itself causes increased aging, but these findings imply that being in a happy relationship and having an optimistic, laid back approach to life might prevent wrinkles. At the very least, being happy will help you not care so much about the wrinkles!

See a Doctor

…when over-the-counter products fail to work and you are bothered by your indomitable wrinkles. Prescription retinoic acid can minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles arising solely from excessive muscular contractions, such as forehead horizontal lines or crows’ feet, should be injected with botulinum toxin. Deep wrinkles may need filler injections.

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