The best skin care routine to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
We have a big secret to share with you, are you ready for this? Here it goes; the best way to fight wrinkles is to try to avoid as best you can what causes wrinkles such as UV rays and smoking. While it’s inevitable that your skin will lose elasticity and moisture over time, by continuously repeating certain steps and avoiding harmful habits you will ensure that your skin is aging as slowly as possible.
Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Sun exposure is the number one cause of wrinkles so if there is anything you should be doing to prevent them it's to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. Ideally you should avoid exposing your skin to the sun when it's directly above us and at its peak in terms of the rays’ strength. If that’s not always possible, since we all eventually leave the house, always make sure to wear a broad spectrum SPF. At the minimum, wear SPF 15, but if you are fair opt for SPF 30 or higher. If you’re spending a prolonged amount of time in the sun, make sure to re-apply every 30 minutes; if you go for a swim, make sure to re-apply as soon as your skin dries, as much of your sunscreen will dissolve in the water (even if it says water resistant).
Wear SPF even if it’s cloudy outside. UV rays are present even if the sun isn’t shining, so don’t be fooled!
Watch What You Eat
Diet is a factor in how your skin ages, so you it's important to eat the right stuff. A diet rich in antioxidants, which protect you from free radicals, molecules that damage your skin's cells and have been associated with accelerating the appearance of aging, are one way to help stave off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep your sugar and fat intake low and try to eat leafy greens, fruits such berries, mangoes, oranges and pineapple, as well as fish which is full of Omega-3 fats.
Make Hydration a Priority
We may take water for granted but without it, your skin can’t function properly. Without moisture your skin looks dry and can become flaky. Every day you should drink plenty of water, so your skin can have optimum hydration, which will help you in the fight against wrinkles.
Exercise Away Potential Fine Lines
You're well aware that exercise is good for your body but research shows that it's incredible for your skin as well. Just make sure to clean your face after working out to prevent breakouts.
Invest in Your Sleep
While you might not be doing a lot when you're asleep at night, your skin is going into overdrive. Try to get at least 7-8 hours a night to optimize skin renewal and wake up with glowing skin.
Start Adding Retinol or Acids to Your Skin Care Routine
As you get older your skin cell turnover decreases, which can cause duller looking skin and potentially wrinkles. Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, can chemically exfoliate your skin and help new skin resurface. Acids that can help new skin resurface are glycolic acid and alpha hydroxyl acids. Over time this can reduce the appearance of wrinkles
Follow these steps and you should be able to stave off aging for as long as possible. Enjoy a youthful look beyond your actual age!