4 Ways to Stay Wrinkle-Free

Follow these tips for younger-, health-looking skin

While you may not be able to recapture the totally wrinkle-free eyes and body you had as a teenager, there are steps you can take at all stages in life to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Plastic surgery and injectables are more drastic options, but simple lifestyle choices and over-the-counter products can also help pave the way to wrinkle-free eyes and smooth skin.

Use effective lotions and creams

The market for wrinkle cream has exploded in recent years. As the Mayo Clinic website notes, while research is still ongoing for many of these wrinkle-reducer products, some wrinkle cream studies have shown good results. Ingredients to look for include coenzyme Q10, copper peptides, hydroxy acids, retinol and kinetin. A good basic moisturizer is also essential for wrinkle-free eyes and a smooth face, since dehydrated skin is more prone to wrinkling.

Limit your sun exposure

UV exposure is a major cause of skin wrinkling. For healthy skin and more graceful aging, the Mayo Clinic recommends using plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen when going outdoors. (Broad-spectrum sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays.) Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours and after swimming or working up a sweat. Avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its height. Seek out shade, or cover up with long-sleeved pants and shirts and a good hat.

Wear sunglasses for wrinkle-free eyes

Frequent squinting can lead to crow's feet around the eye area. Wearing sunglasses not only protects the delicate skin around your eyes from sun damage, but it reduces the amount of time you spend squinting, which over time can lead to fewer creases. Pay attention to other times when you squint — for example, at your computer screen or television — and make a conscious effort to avoid doing so.

Avoid toxins

The American Academy of Dermatology notes that smoking cigarettes can contribute to wrinkles. This is because smoking narrows blood vessels in the top layer of skin, leading to reduced blood flow and less absorption of oxygen and nutrients. Smoke also contains chemicals that break down collagen and elastin. Air pollution and excessive alcohol consumption have also been linked to increased skin aging and wrinkles: Try to drink in moderation, and if you live in a city where air quality is a problem, consider investing in an air filter for your home.

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