Most people don't like wrinkles very much, and that's tough — because to a greater or lesser extent, they're going to show up anyway. In a very real sense, the appearance of first shallow and then deeper wrinkles simply means that we've lived long enough to have them, and that we're still alive. That's a pretty great thing, when you think about it.
The passing of time — the one inevitable cause of wrinkles — is not something we can stop, or should want to. Premature aging, the appearance of wrinkles earlier in life, is something we can work on, however. Things that are generally bad for the skin and the body as a whole contribute to the visible signs of premature aging, and not doing those things will serve our overall health well too.
Things You Can Do To Stop Premature Wrinkles
Lifestyle changes you can make that will slow the appearance of wrinkles include:
- Not spending lots of time in the sun, and wearing good sun screen when you do go out in the sun.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet — do choose lots of fruits and vegetables, and avoid highly processed products that are rich in refined sugar.
- Do not smoke, and be responsible about your alcohol consumption. Booze and tobacco are among the worst things you can do to your skin.
- Exercise regularly. Your circulation will be better and it will show in your skin.
- Do moisturize, as the outer layer of your skin will look smoother this way. Wrinkles aren't the only thing that make your skin look older — dry and dull complexions also contribute.
Can Commercial Products Help You Look Younger?
Dermal fillers — which should be FDA-approved (if you live in the US) and administered by a professional — can go a long way toward reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and they are an option you can consider. Cosmetic surgery, such as brow and face lifts, can also help you achieve more radical results.
Some anti-wrinkle creams, including those with Retinol, hydroxy acids, peptides, and vitamin C, may also provide a less invasive way to make your skin look younger. Do keep in mind that cosmetic products aren't tested as rigorously as medical products, and that you are more likely to get good results if you consult a dermatologist and follow the plan they create for you.
Finally, "facial yoga" or "facial exercise" can, more recent research shows, also make a difference. I know it sounds ridiculous, but these facial exercises may indeed strengthen your facial muscles and take some years off your appearance. If you've got time and will power, give it a go!
Nobody can look the same way they did at 20 when they're 50 — and that's OK, because we'll certainly have grown and changed as people over that amount of time. We can, however, look healthy and take care of our skin. In this process, the things you actively do for your skin play a role. More important is what you do not do, however, and that's things that encourage premature aging.
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