I’m at my twenties. I am not overwhelmingly concerned about crow’s feet, sagging skin, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, or any other signs of aging. I do have one prominent wrinkle on my forehead, which I blame on my expressive eyebrows that shoot up every time I hear something shocking, which, these days, is about 10 times a day. Other than that, I generally feel like I have a few more years before I start to worry about signs of aging. I like to think that one day I will age gracefully, sans any surgical or injectable help. So my question is how to stop and prevent the wrinkles by age.
Imagine how surprised I was, after scrolling past anti-aging products for the past few years, when I found out I actually should be using them on my skin. In fact, I’m already late to the anti-aging game!
Many things cause our skin to age. Some things we cannot do anything about; others we can influence.
One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. It plays a key role. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur. The medical term for this type of aging is “intrinsic aging.”
We can influence another type of aging that affects our skin. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. The medical term for this type of aging is “extrinsic aging.” By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin.
And in our youth, we focus on controlling oiliness to prevent breakouts and acne. As we age, our focus switches to another undesirable skin condition: wrinkles.
Everyone is at high risk for eventually developing all types of wrinkles: crow’s feet, smile lines, forehead wrinkles, lip wrinkles, you name it. Wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging may seem to appear overnight. It may catch you off guard. Maybe you never thought the effects of aging would catch up with you so quickly. Then you stopped and took a good look in the mirror, noticing more skin imperfections than ever before.
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but there are specific steps you can take to avoid premature aging. In this article, we will explain how and why wrinkles form, along with prevention measures you can take to care for your skin today, so it remains as healthy as possible in the future.
How Does Skin Become Wrinkled?
Wrinkle formation occurs in stages. It usually begins in your twenties – when you start developing temporary wrinkles in areas of repeated facial movement. These wrinkles generally disappear as you relax your muscles. In your thirties, the lines may remain more visible, even when your facial muscles are relaxed. They become more permanent and noticeable as you age.
Do not ignore early signs of aging – even if you are in your twenties or younger. Never take your skin for granted, either. The earlier signs of aging start to appear, the greater they tend to deepen over time. If you have wrinkled skin, make a habit of taking measures to prevent lines from deepening (covered in a later section).
Here are some of the top causes of skin aging:
- Age: Your skin will naturally age as you do, losing its elasticity and collagen. As you age, your skin produces less oil, leaving it drier and more prone to wrinkling. Fat also begins to diminish, leading to looser skin and sagging.
- Facial movements: Repeating facial gestures and expressions can lead to wrinkles and fine lines. As your skin ages, it starts losing its ability to bounce back. As grooves form beneath the skin’s surface, wrinkles can become permanent.
- Sun damage: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can expedite the aging process by breaking down the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, which causes the skin to lose its flexibility and strength.
- Smoking and smog: Smoking and pollution can also speed up the aging process and contribute to wrinkling by affecting collagen synthesis in the skin.
How to Stop and Prevent Premature Skin Aging
As people age, it’s natural to experience thinner, drier skin and an increase in wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, your environment and lifestyle choices can sometimes cause your skin to age prematurely. To prevent premature skin aging, board-certified dermatologists recommend following these simple tips.
Tips to reduce premature skin aging
The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin. Other things that we do also can age our skin more quickly than it naturally would. To help their patients prevent premature skin aging, dermatologists offer their patients the following tips.
- Protect your skin from the sun every day. Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with sun-protective clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection — and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing. For more effective protection, look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
- Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan. Every time you get a tan, you prematurely age your skin. This holds true if you get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed, or other indoor tanning equipment. All emit harmful UV rays that accelerate how quickly your skin ages.
- Avoid repetitive facial expressions. When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
- Exercise most days of the week. Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance.
- Cleanse your skin gently. Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
- Apply a facial moisturizer every day. Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
- Stop age-promoting habits like smoking and basking in the sun for long hours. Lighter skin may be more prone to aging as it is exposed to harmful UV rays, making it imperative to stay out of the sun as much as possible or protect your skin whenever it is exposed.
- Try exopolysaccharide to repair damage caused by harmful gas emissions. This natural ingredient can help stimulate the production of lipids, filaggrin, and hyaluronic acid.
- Consider switching to a minimal skincare routine to alleviate the problems you are currently facing.
- Wash your face at least twice a day using water or a gentle cleanser. Also, wash your skin after sweating. Sweat can irritate and damage the skin over time.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to block UVA and UVB rays and avoid premature aging.
- Choose the right skincare products for your distinct skin type.
- Incorporate antioxidants into your daily skincare routine. Plant extracts, vitamins, flavonoids, and carotenoids may possess potent antioxidants that help prolong youthful-looking skin.
- Moisturize your skin and pay attention to your skin pH, which may range anywhere from 4.0 to 7.0.
- Choose an antioxidant-rich diet to help fight and neutralize free radicals, protecting the skin against aging. Pomegranates, berries, pecans, kale, spinach, and beans are a few foods that are high in antioxidants.
- Get enough sleep. A poor night’s sleep may cause paler skin, wrinkles, and fine lines, hanging eyelids, and dark undereye circles. Your body – including the brain, muscles, and epidermis – repairs itself while you sleep. Blood flow also increases and your skin works to repair sun damage and rebuild collagen.
- Drink less alcohol, which dehydrates the skin
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- Knotgrass extract – rich in flavonoids, first active acting on Infra’Aging™ (IR-induced skin aging). Reduces the signs of premature aging induced by Infrared Rays
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