Posted on: 17 December 2014Share
Facial wrinkles are a sign of age, but sometimes they can make you look older than you really are. As the top layers of skin begin to thin, they produce less collagen, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. When this happens, the skin sags and wrinkles.
But by avoiding sunlight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising, you may be able to postpone those inevitable wrinkles from appearing.
Protect your skin from the sun.
Exposure to sunlight is responsible for most premature aging of the skin, causing it to become loose and wrinkled, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Heat from the sun can dry your skin, speeding up the aging process. Dryness due to the skin losing moisture can cause wrinkles.
Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outdoors. Use a sunblock with a SPF factor of 30 or higher. You should also wear sunglasses to prevent wrinkles around your eyes.
Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to their antioxidant properties, food sources high in vitamin C aid in collagen production.
Avoid eating too many foods that contain refined sugar, as processed foods attack collagen. A loss of collagen translates into more wrinkles, as the skin becomes less resilient and supple.
Exercise to fight wrinkles.
Exercise increases blood circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. As you exercise, your body also gets more lymph fluids circulating.
The lymphatic system has the job of removing toxic waste from the body's cells. Besides a multitude of other problems, a build up of toxins in the body can negatively impact the condition of your skin.
Drink water to tighten skin and improve skin tone.
Skin that is well hydrated looks firmer and more toned.
Another way to give your skin the moisture it needs to look younger involves massaging your face with olive oil. Mix extra-virgin olive oil with lemon for a healthful combination that helps tighten skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Massage skin gently for a minute or two before rinsing off with water.
Find ways to relax.
Stress may contribute to sagging skin. The findings of a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, suggest a link between persistent chronic stress and cellular aging. Factors that have the potential to shorten the life of immune cells can play a role in premature aging, which in turn may contribute to more wrinkles.
For more tips on fighting wrinkles, talk to dermatologists like Stephen A Switlyk MD.