Fine Lines and Wrinkles
No one wants to even think about those age related changes that happen to your skin. And once they start to appear, we agonize over them, making things even worse.
Your best bet to thwart unwanted crinkles and crevasses is to take precautionary steps in your younger years. Sadly most people aren't thinking about older skin in their teens and twenties.
Where Do Fine Lines And Wrinkles Come From?
Fine lines and wrinkles are the result of multiple processes. Decreased production of natural oils has a drying effect, creating a crepey texture. With skin no longer plump due to lack of moisture, the first wrinkles become noticeable. Collagen and elastin, responsible for maintaining your skin's form and shape, become weaker and less flexible. Your skin starts to droop and wrinkles appear. Adding insult to injury, fat in the deeper layers of skin diminishes, so once plump, firm skin turns saggy.
What Causes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Inflammation from the sun, stress, a poor diet, alcohol, skin sensitivities, and environmental toxins trigger the aging process early on, speeding up damage. Sunlight exposure is implicated in causing a loss of collagen. Smoking is even worse, triggering faster aging changes.
What Can You Do To Head Off Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
Whether you're trying to prevent those telltale signs of aging or counter them, you need to take care of your skin not just on the outside, but from the inside, too.
Basic daily habits that can help you combat lines and wrinkles include:
- Protect yourself from the sun. Avoid it when you can, and apply broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day.
- Get enough sleep. Without it, you produce a stress hormone, cortisol, that breaks down cells. You won't replenish your collagen stores, either. Sleep on your back so sleep lines don't stay etched on your face.
- Eat a varied, balanced diet containing plenty of omega-3's, antioxidants, and flavanols to protect from sun damage, increase hydration, and nourish your skin. Include oral probiotics from foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles, buttermilk, natto, and some cheeses or take a probiotic supplement. They've been shown to help balance the microflora and pH of the skin. They can reduce inflammation, having long-term effects against the premature formation of wrinkles.
- Employ quality skin care products.
- Use a gentle cleanser to avoid stripping skin of protective barrier oils and moisture.
- A good moisturizer will make lines and creases less noticeable.
- An anti-aging serum can work wonders to fill in tricky areas and leave your skin feeling soft, healthy, and youthful.
- Look for ingredients known to combat aging and moisturize like alpha-hydroxy acids, retinoids, vitamin C, growth factors, peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid. Topical probiotics are beneficial in soothing inflammation, guarding against oxidative stress and free radicals, and protecting your skin from the dangers and aging effects of pollution.
- Drink plenty of water to maintain your skin's hydration.
- Don't squint, overworking your facial muscles. Get reading glasses and wear sunglasses.
- Don't smoke.