What’s worse: finding your first wrinkle or your first gray hair? Most people would probably say the first wrinkle is worse because you can always yank out that gray hair and pretend you never saw it—until the next one grows in, that is. Wrinkles aren’t so easy to get rid of, but there are things you can do to delay their arrival. And if it’s too late for prevention measures, there are many treatments available to reduce their appearance. Take a look below at our 12 tips to prevent and reduce wrinkles:
Avoid Sun Exposure
You might think age is the primary cause of wrinkles, and while skin does lose smoothness and tightness over time, the number one culprit is right outside your window. Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible, using hats and sunshades when outside for long periods of time. And of course, always use sunscreen. There are special formulas for your face that are gentle and oil-free.
Wrinkles might be low on the list of smoking risks, but there’s no doubt that smoking adds years to your appearance. Certain ingredients in cigarettes release an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, which keep the skin smooth and tight. The skin around the mouth is usually most affected, but if you smoke, your entire face is vulnerable to looking much older than it actually is.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Beauty sleep is real. When your body doesn’t get enough rest, it produces too much cortisol, a hormone known for breaking down skin cells, and not enough HGH (human growth hormone), which maintains your skin’s thickness and elasticity. Bonus tip: Sleep on your back. Sleep lines etched on your face from your pillow can become permanent if you sleep in the same position every night, so face-up is best.
Drink Lots Of Water
Dehydration saps moisture from your organs, especially your body’s largest organ: your skin. Dry skin wrinkles much easier, and it doesn’t take heat-stroke levels of dehydration to do damage. So how much water do you need to prevent wrinkles? The “eight glasses a day” rule is largely a myth. Your daily hydration requirements will depend on your weight, overall health, activity level, and the temperature outside. But in general, drink whenever you’re thirsty, and if your urine is medium to dark yellow in color, you’re probably not drinking enough.
This tip doesn’t apply to everyone, of course, but if you find yourself frequently squinting—at nearby items like books or far away items like street signs—don’t be surprised when wrinkles start to form. Repetitive squinting overworks your facial muscles, which can form grooves underneath the skin that will eventually become wrinkles. So set aside your vanity and get an eye exam. (You don’t even have to get glasses—contacts are a great alternative).
Improve Your Diet
Eating healthy is always a good idea, but certain foods contain nutrients that specifically benefit your skin. Fish, particularly salmon, is chock full of nourishing omega-3 fatty acids and protein, both of which help build healthy skin. Soy is another great source of protein, and it has other properties that protect against sun damage. Foods rich in antioxidants also promote healthy skin, particularly fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
Customize Your Skincare Regimen
When it comes to skincare products, one size does not fit all, so select products that are formulated for your skin type. Also be sure to use moisturizer daily and avoid over-washing your face, which can strip your skin of the natural oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. One of the most important skincare rules, however, is to always wash your face at the end of the day. Makeup residue, oil, and bacteria can lead to poor skin health and wrinkles.
Try Topical Treatments
If you’ve already spotted lines around your eyes, mouth, or elsewhere on your face, don’t worry—there are plenty of options out there to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, like topical treatments available at most drugstores. Creams containing alpha-hydroxy acids remove the top layer of dead skin cells, and in high concentrations the acid can even stimulate collagen production. Products with retinol, a natural form of vitamin A, can reduce wrinkles and repair sun damage.
Give Botox A Go
Topical treatments are common, but results vary widely between users. That’s why many people turn to medical spa treatments like Botox. Derived from a natural neurotoxin, Botox relaxes the muscle underneath wrinkles, which smooths the skin for a crease-free appearance that lasts for months.
Explore Cosmetic Fillers
For people who want to eliminate moderate to severe facial wrinkles without turning to surgical options, injections containing collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other synthetic compounds that add volume to the skin are a great choice. Popular treatments include Restylane, Juvederm, ArteFill, and others. Which one you choose will depend on the location of the wrinkles you’re targeting.
Look Into Laser And Light Resurfacing
While light from the sun is the enemy of smooth, tight skin, Intense Pulsed Light (also called photorejuvenation) treatments prompt your target area to produce collagen for smoother skin. Laser treatments such as Thermage Skin Tightening and Fraxel are other non-invasive ways to treat sagging and loose skin with minimal downtime.
Renew Your Skin With Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion, another non-invasive treatment, uses vacuum suction along with a mild chemical crystal to remove dead skin cells and allow renewed, smooth skin to rise to the surface. Microdermabrasion uses even finer crystals to also treat uneven skin color, unclog pores, and allow your skin to more efficiently absorb topical treatments.
Too late for wrinkle prevention? We can help!
At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer a wide variety of treatments that will leave your skin smooth and radiant, including cosmetic fillers, Botox, laser and light resurfacing, dermabrasion, and more. So if you’re ready to turn back the clock and reduce or eliminate those pesky wrinkles, contact us and schedule a consultation today!