The Best Ways to Prevent Wrinkles
One of the natural effects of aging is the development of wrinkles. Fortunately, there’s a huge variety of cosmetic treatments available on the market to rewind the clock and refresh your look. However, one of the best things you can do is prevent the need for treatments altogether! By taking a few key steps and making some lifestyle changes, you can keep your skin young and vibrant for the long term. Here’s what to know about preventing wrinkles and how our team can help.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
The sun is one of the worst offenders when it comes to damaging the skin. In addition to its harmful UV rays being able to cause skin cancer, it also leads to the development of premature wrinkles. Even when you’re in your 20s, you should take measures to protect your skin from the sun every time you’re outdoors. Wearing sunscreen with SPF rating 30+ is one of the best things you can do. Apply this every morning and make sure to keep your eyes covered with UV-blocking sunglasses. If you’re outside for long periods of time, don’t forget to reapply!
If you’re a smoker, you run the risk of many potential medical problems, but smoking can also damage your skin. The chemicals that make up cigarettes can cause premature aging by breaking down your skin’s natural collagen and elastin that keeps your skin supple and smooth. Additionally, smoke itself can be drying and make your skin more prone to creasing. If you smoke, now is the time to quit.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting plenty of quality sleep can help combat the effects of aging and prevent wrinkles. You should aim for at least seven to nine hours per night. When you don’t get enough quality sleep, it can lead to the production of excess cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can break down skin cells and lead to wrinkles. It can also cause a variety of other long-term health problems.
Eat More Fish
Fish is healthy and delicious – and it can even be good for your skin. Salmon, in particular, can provide your skin with omega-3 fatty acids, which can provide nourishment and keep it younger and plumper. More people who consume fish that’s rich with omega-3 fatty acids have more youthful skin with fewer wrinkles. Omega-3s have also been shown to have many health benefits, so you should aim to eat fatty fish like salmon at least once per week.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Eating a generous portion of fruits and vegetables every day can help keep your skin smoother and younger-looking. Fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants can fight damage caused by free radicals and make your skin healthier as a whole.
Avoid Over-Washing Your Face
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser at least once per day, but no more than twice. Washing too much can strip your face of its natural, protective oils, leading to dryness. When it comes to your skin, it’s always better to take a gentle approach and avoid being too harsh with your products or techniques.
Moisturizer is a must when it comes to combatting the effects of aging. Moisturizing can keep wrinkles at bay and nourish your skin, keeping it more youthful and smooth. When in doubt, use a gentle, unscented moisturizer after washing (and make sure to moisturize nearby areas like your neck, decollete, and undereyes).
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to learn more about preventing aging and achieving your best skin yet is by meeting with our team. Schedule your private consultation at our Richmond office by calling or filling out our online form.