Did you know that after aging, smoking, alcohol use, and excessive exposure to the sun are all associated with wrinkling?
While aging is inevitable, there are plenty of things we can do to prevent wrinkles or delay the process. There are lifestyle changes, chemical treatments, and in-clinic procedures you can opt for today to see visible changes in your skin.
Whether you’re someone who’s just starting out on their skincare journey or a seasoned beauty guru, this article will help you identify the gaps in your routine by giving you actionable tips that work.
Here’s how to prevent wrinkles.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
Sun exposure is a leading cause of skin damage and has the tendency to exacerbate skin aging. Whether you’re in your twenties, thirties, forties, or higher, including a good sunscreen with an SPF between 30-50 into your skincare routine is essential to preventing wrinkles.
If your sunscreen isn’t waterproof, or at the very least, water-resistant, you may have to reapply it within 2 to 4 hours.
Also, ensure that your lip balm comes with an SPF of 15 or higher. You can also use this as an under-eye sunscreen.
Sunglasses also work well to protect the sensitive area under your eyes from harmful UV rays. However, be sure to invest in quality sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.
Additionally, do consider reducing your sun exposure by wearing a sunhat, long-sleeved shirts, driving gloves, scarves, and other protective material when you’re out and about during the day.
Say Hello to Retinol
Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and also go by the name retinol. Retinol has the ability to increase the production of collagen, improve skin regeneration and promote the creation of blood vessels.
It is a highly researched anti-aging ingredient that is key to improving skin texture and delaying the signs of aging. While the more potent versions of this retinol require a prescription, others can be found in various anti-aging products and can be purchased over the counter.
Generally, it is advisable to do a patch test first, and then slowly introduce the ingredient into your routine by using it just once or twice a week. After your skin gets accustomed to retinol you may increase your usage, according to your needs.
However, do be sure to talk to a qualified cosmetologist or dermatologist to get recommendations specific to your skin needs.
Don’t Ignore the Basics
Don’t forget about the basics of skincare. Use a gentle cleanser and make sure you moisturize that pretty face every day.
Opt for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid and make sure you apply this on damp skin to improve the effects of moisturization. Additionally, you can also use a vitamin C serum during the daytime to give your skin that extra glow and plump up your face for the morning!
Consider an In-Clinic Treatment
In addition to these preventive measures, you can also consider an in-clinic treatment like botox, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasions, fillers, and facelifts. Make sure you consult a qualified and experienced cosmetologist to get the right treatment for your skin type and skin’s needs.
How to Prevent Wrinkles With a Healthier Lifestyle
Unhealthy lifestyle habits can exacerbate the aging process. So if you’re someone who smokes or consumes large amounts of alcohol, now is a good time to consider quitting.
Smoking has been proven to increase levels of MMP which leads to degradation of collagen and consequently causes wrinkling of the skin.
Additionally, other healthy choices include getting a good eight hours of sleep every day and eating foods that are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamin E and omega 3s. Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day, get at least thirty minutes of exercise every day and take time out of your day to relax your facial muscles.
You could also consider investing in a silk or satin pillowcase, and sleeping on your back to reduce the amount of friction on your face.
Merge Consistency With Skincare
There is no product or change that will alter the appearance of your skin overnight. Consistency is what brings meaningful change to your skin. Hey, that’s why they call it a routine!
So stick to your skincare routine, use your products as often as prescribed and ensure that you’re making healthier dietary and lifestyle choices every day.
Of course, sometimes life and work get in the way and you may not always be able to give your skin the love it deserves. That’s okay. Don’t aim for a hundred percent but aim for eighty.
Good skin is a product of what you do most of the time, not that one day you forgot to put on moisturizer.
It’s Not too Late to Start
Well, now you know how to prevent wrinkles, it’s time to put what you learned into practice!
While wrinkles and aging are inevitable, there are several preventive measures you can take to delay the process. This includes practicing a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced and healthy diet, protecting your skin from the sun, and moisturizing your skin every day.
In addition to these habits, you can also get various cosmetic treatments designed to address the signs of aging, and wrinkles on your skin.
At La Belle Vie, we offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments that work at restoring your skin’s elasticity and improving the texture and appearance of your skin. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced skincare experts!