We all begin to see changes as we age, and one of the many annoying facts of life is that wrinkles happen- they’re a normal part of aging, due to the skin’s inner layer, the dermis, thinning and causing skin’s structure and elasticity to undo. Aging also causes our skin to retain less moisture, make less oil, and heal slower, all contributing factors to the lines that crease our skin.

But, there’s good news- it is possible to look as young as you feel! By taking preventative steps early in life, you can prevent deep lines and wrinkles from appearing later.

Wear Sunscreen

If there’s one golden rule for preventing wrinkles, it’s to invest in good sunscreen and wear it regularly. Even when there’s clouds out in the winter, sunscreen needs to be applied to skin, especially on the face, every day. Whether you’re prone to burns or just get a nice tan, direct sun exposure is bad for skin. UVA and UVB rays take a significant toll on our skin’s collagen- so be sure you’re wearing sunscreen and covered from the sun at all times. Staying out of the sun also prevents skin cancer- double bonus!

Don’t Smoke

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to quit, here’s another: Smoking inhibits collagen production, which is necessary for skin structure. Reducing collagen paves the way for wrinkles, as many research studies have shown. One study done at the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas Hospital in London found that between a brother and sister, the one who smoked more had more wrinkled skin that was 40% thinner than the non-smoker’s.

Get Some Rest

Always getting a full night’s sleep helps produce more human growth hormone, which helps skin retain its elasticity. Lack of sleep causes the body to produce excess cortisol, which breaks down skin cells. Your skin also repairs itself over night and creates a natural oil barrier. When you lose sleep, you don’t allow your body time to heal and produce natural oils, which can quickly dry out the skin, allowing wrinkles to begin forming.

Keep Your Eyesight Healthy

Squinting has been shown to be a big reason for wrinkling near the eyes. Repetitive facial movement, including squinting, overworks muscles and forms grooves beneath the skin’s surface that eventually become wrinkles. Invest in good glasses to reduce the risk of crows feet and other wrinkles.

Eat Well

Preventing wrinkles begins on the inside. Eating vitamin-rich foods helps your skin stay young by providing it with building blocks like protein and omega-3. Fish, particularly salmon, nourishes the skin to keep it plump which keeps it youthful, preventing wrinkles. Fruits and vegetables are also part of a good diet- they’re rich in natural antioxidants that fight skin damage to keep it looking younger and more radiant.

Moisturize!

Though the simplest way to prevent wrinkles, having a good moisturizer and using it daily is often overlooked. The quickest way to fight wrinkles is by keeping skin hydrated with a light, but effective, moisturizer. Brand and type will vary depending on your natural skin type, but moisturizer should be applied morning and night after washing the face thoroughly.

By following these simple steps, you can take measure to prevent wrinkles before they have a chance to form.

If you’ve been unsuccessful in preventing aging and are looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, Zimmet Vein & Dermatology offers a variety of wrinkle treatments including Botox, Ultherapy, chemical peels, and many more. Contact us to schedule a consultation and find the right wrinkle treatment for you.