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Strategies for a Wrinkle-Free Face
Short of going under the knife or getting cosmetic injections, what are the best strategies for wrinkle-free skin? Experts agree that by adopting certain lifestyle changes, you can reduce wrinkles and have a more youthful-looking appearance. Apply these anti-aging skin tips, and the mirror may show you a smoother, more wrinkle-free face.
Protect yourself from the sun
UV radiation leads to cell damage, which breaks down the elastic fibers and connective tissues in your skin. When skin loses elasticity, it becomes much more prone to creasing and sagging, producing more wrinkles.
While you can't undo the sun damage in your past, the action you take now can still make a difference. Start by applying a daily facial moisturizer that contains broad-spectrum sunscreen, both in summer and winter. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight between the hottest period of the day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and apply (and reapply) generous amounts of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) to your body if you're going to be spending time out in the sun.
Pay attention to your facial expressions
It's no secret that wrinkles follow the lines of your facial expressions. While you would never want to keep from showing your personality — smiling, laughing, looking surprised — pay attention to habits like involuntary frowning or squinting. Wear sunglasses when you go outside to keep your facial skin from crinkling around your eyes. If you find yourself squinting when you read or look at screens, check with your eye doctor to see if you might need a stronger prescription.
D'Anne Kleinsmith, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist at William Beaumont Hospital, Detroit, recommends sleeping on your back if you're a side- or tummy-sleeper who often awakes with facial creases. Over the years, those recurring pillow creases can etch your skin with wrinkles.
Use anti-aging products for wrinkle-free skin
The jury may be out on exactly which wrinkle-fighting ingredients offer the best prevention, but it's still best to follow some kind of anti-aging skin regimen. The main active ingredients in wrinkle creams include copper peptides, coenzyme Q10, hydroxy acids, kinetin and retinol. Many of these are backed by some degree of scientific research: For example, the Mayo Clinic website points to studies that have shown coenzyme Q10 reduces fine wrinkles in the eye area without any side effects.
Along with anti-aging wrinkle creams, be sure to use a good facial moisturizer morning and night to keep skin hydrated. Skin that is chronically dry wrinkles much faster than skin that is kept moist and hydrated.
As a side note, environmental factors like air pollution and toxins like alcohol and cigarettes also make your skin more susceptible to wrinkles by depriving skin of oxygen and nutrients. Investing in a home air filter, working to eliminate your exposure to cigarettes and drinking only in moderation are all part of a comprehensive wrinkle-prevention strategy.
Home remedies for wrinkles
If you're struggling with sagging skin, wrinkles or other age-related skin problems, try a few old-fashioned home remedies. Not only can you save money by avoiding surgical procedures and expensive creams, but natural ingredients are less likely to cause side effects, and mixing up a batch of homemade face cream or wrinkle-reducing mask can be relaxing and fun.
Combat skin wrinkles with vitamins
In The Doctors' Book of Home Remedies II, by the editors of Prevention Magazine, Marianne O'Donoghue M.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Chicago's Rush-St. Luke's-Presbyterian Medical Center, recommends a combination of B, A, C and E vitamins to promote younger-looking skin. B-complex vitamins can be found in chicken, eggs, beef and whole wheat, whereas antioxidant powerhouses like leafy veggies, fresh fruit and carrots are the best sources of A, C and E.
Cut down on hot showers
Harsh soap and hot water can strip your skin of hydrating oils, making you more prone to skin wrinkles. Jerome Z. Litt, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, suggests switching to warm rather than hot water and cleansing with mild soap. After you shower, don't forget to apply a generous amount of good moisturizer to keep your cells hydrated throughout the day.
Try an egg to remove wrinkles
If you want a short-term home remedy for wrinkles, Dr. Litt suggests using egg whites to tighten skin temporarily. Simply separate out the whites and beat until smooth, then gently spread the whites on your face. Leave the mask on for a half-hour, then rinse with cool water and pat your skin dry. The protein contained in the egg whites reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and can also temporarily shrink your pores.