With healthy and youthful skin we feel more confident and beautiful in our day-to-day lives. Follow these tips to keep your skin wrinkle-free for longer as you age.
It’s inevitable that our skin changes as we age. We produce less collagen and our skin loses its elasticity. It also becomes drier which causes wrinkles to develop faster.
But fortunately, there are ways of slowing down the aging process in our skin.
Below are lifestyle and treatment options to keep your skin vibrant and wrinkle-free without invasive surgery.
Start making these part of your routine early to prevent and slow down the aging process of your skin.
1. Stay hydrated
Hydrated skin is healthy skin.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking youthful for longer is to drink enough water every day.
While we regularly hear how important water is for overall health, it unsurprisingly helps your skin stay vibrant too.
Your skin is an organ just like those inside your body. And to function properly it needs water every day.
So by getting enough water, you ensure that your skin works as a protective barrier and maintains its full and dewy appearance.
2. Use a moisturizer
A moisturizer is a cream that helps nourish your face and provide extra moisture.
One of the most important reasons to use a moisturizer is because it helps keep your skin hydrated and prevents irritation.
There are a lot of factors in our environment that can irritate our skin like dry air and pollutants.
A moisturizer helps keep a protective barrier for your skin so it doesn’t get irritated as easily. This helps with the aging process because dry and irritated skin ages faster.
As we age, our body also stops being as efficient at removing dead skin cells. This can cause buildup and lead to a dull skin tone.
By exfoliating regularly, you speed up your skin’s process of replenishing cells and promote softer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
There are two main types of DIY exfoliation.
One is using a physical exfoliator. That’s when you use a granular scrub that removes dead skin buildup and buffs your skin.
Another is a chemical exfoliator. The chemical exfoliators are a liquid mixture that you dab onto your face to exfoliate your skin. These concoctions are a mix of enzymes and acid-based chemicals that gently but effectively remove dead skin and replenish health cells.
There’s another option for exfoliation and that’s getting a mechanical exfoliation treatment done. Those types of treatments involve laser treatments and microdermabrasion.
4. Avoid sun exposure
Too much sun exposure damages and dehydrates your skin.
The best thing to do is apply sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer to your face every day. This is true even when it’s overcast. Sunscreen has been shown in studies to slow down the signs of aging skin because of how much sun exposure impacts aging.
5. Use a retinoid
Retinoids are one of the most popular and effective options for treating and preventing wrinkles.
These are anti-aging treatments made from Vitamin A derivatives. Vitamin A has the power to neutralize free radicals that lower your production of collagen—a chemical important for keeping your face hydrated and wrinkle-free. So when you apply these to your skin, you are able to slow down signs of aging and promote healthy, youthful skin.
There are many options out there and the best one for you depends largely on your skin type, age, and environmental factors. So it’s important to ask an expert about what kind of retinoid is right for your skin before choosing one.
6. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
With all the creams and products on the market to reverse aging, it’s easy to overlook an important lifestyle factor that keeps your skin wrinkle-free in the first place…
Studies have shown that women who eat diets higher in fruits and other vitamin-rich foods have fewer wrinkles than those who eat more red meat and highly processed snacks.
Just like using the right moisturizer and exfoliator becomes part of your daily routine, it’s important to include fruits and veggies in your daily routine as well. You can have a handful of strawberries in as a snack in the morning. Or add a small side salad to your lunch every day. These small additions can go a long way to help promote glowing and youthful skin.
7. Don’t smoke
Smoking cigarettes leads to premature aging and the development of crows feet faster than in those who don’t smoke.
It also leads to other skin damage like sagging skin, dull tone, and acne. One study in twins found that when comparing twins who smoked versus those who didn’t, the twin who smoked has more wrinkles than their sibling.
By not smoking, you can promote healthy circulation and healing in your skin so it can heal. You’ll also produce more collagen and elastin in your skin as well—both of which can bring back a vibrant and healthy glow.
8. Cut back on alcohol
Did you know Jennifer Lopez doesn’t drink alcohol at all? The reason is she says it’s bad for her skin.
And the thing is, she’s right.
Alcohol dehydrates your skin. This is why the morning after you’ve had a few too many drinks your face looks dryer and older than it otherwise would. And consuming alcohol regularly can impact how your skin retains moisture and lead to dull and sagging skin.
So if you want to keep your skin wrinkle-free as you age, then cutting back on alcohol is one of the best options. This doesn’t mean you must cut out all alcohol to have healthy skin. But keeping alcohol to a minimum for special occasions or a few drinks a month will be better for your skin than drinking daily.
Since wrinkles are caused in part by aging cells, is there anything you can do to slow their aging process?
It turns out that exercise actually makes you age slower. This has to do with the way exercise impacts your cells and cell division, which happens as cells age. Exercise slows the rate your cells age and divide, and ultimately helps you age slower. The impact is visible in your skin as many who emphasize a healthy mix of strength training, HIIT, and cardio look and feel younger, even as they age.
A note of advice to prevent any skin irritation or build up from sweat: Always wash your face immediately after your workout. It’s also best to wear zero makeup for your workouts so your pores don’t get clogged and lead to acne and other irritation—which makes skin look older in the long run.
10 Make time for facials
There’s a reason celebrities get regular facials and skin treatments. It’s because they work.
One of the most popular ones is the PRP facial. What it does is help your skin stay young by using healing and growth factors in your own plasma to boost collagen production.
When you get the PRP facial, a small amount of your own blood is taken and put into a centrifuge. In the centrifuge, your blood and plasma are separated and the plasma gets extracted for your procedure (what’s extracted is the platelet rich plasma, which is where PRP gets its name).
Your doctor then does a microneedling procedure on your face using the platelet rich plasma. Just a few of these procedures leads to noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity and boosts collagen after just one treatment.
Book a PRP facial with us to help keep your skin wrinkle-free and vibrant
We offer PRP facials to help you reverse and prevent signs of aging in your skin.
Our PRP facial is one of our most popular treatments that’s produced noticeable results for our patients.
To learn more about the procedure and to book a consult, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location.