What is a wrinkle?
Wrinkles, also known as rhytides, are folds in your skin. As you age, the skin contains less collagen and elastin. This thins your skin and makes it more prone to damage. Environmental factors, dehydration, and toxins may all contribute to the development of prominent wrinkles on your face. Wrinkles are a common part of aging, and there is no need to be afraid of them. However, if you want to delay the signs of aging on your face, there are natural ways to do so.
Most people are aware that wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will help prevent skin cancer. According to a 2013 study, sunscreen also helps to delay the symptoms of aging. Although you probably still use sunscreen at the beach, using moisturizing sunscreen on your face every day is a routine that will improve your skin’s health in the long run.
What you should do to get rid of your wrinkles?
1. Limit your sugar intake
The medical community is still learning about how sugar intake affects your health. Sugar in your body causes a process known as glycation, and advanced glycation end products (known as AGEs) are bad for your skin. AGEs degrade collagen in your body, making you appear older over time. Food preparation methods such as grilling and frying have also been related to AGEs (as opposed to baking and boiling). Sugar and oil-rich foods should be avoided if you want to keep your face looking young.
2. Cut out smoking
Smoking is bad for your health for a variety of reasons, but many people are unaware that it will prematurely age your face. One interesting research compared the faces of 79 pairs of identical twins, one of whom smoked and the other did not. The stark differences in their ages demonstrated that smoking has an impact on the appearance of the skin on your face. Even being exposed to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of many cancers and other diseases, as well as damage your skin.
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3. Use coconut oil
Coconut oil is an emollient that is found in nature. That is, when you add it to your skin, it fills in the gaps in your epidermis and smoothes it out. Coconut oil not only makes your skin cleaner, but it also helps your skin maintain moisture, making your face look fuller. Coconut oil has also been tested and found to be an effective remedy for dry skin.
4. Boost your beta carotene
There is a medical debate about how and why beta carotenes protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet light. Beta carotene and retinol (vitamin A) are common ingredients in cosmetic anti-wrinkle creams on the market. You don’t have to buy a product to get beta carotene; simply take a beta carotene supplement and notice the difference in your skin. Oral beta carotene doses as low as 30 milligrams per day can prevent and repair photoaging (otherwise known as wrinkles).
5. Try lemon balm leaf tea
Lemon balm leaf tea is one of the more recent holistic wrinkle-fighting strategies to emerge. Researchers concluded that lemon balm leaf extract makes skin more elastic and corrects tissue damage after comparing a small sample of people drinking lemon balm leaf tea to another group drinking a placebo of barley leaf tea in a study that compared a small sample of people drinking lemon balm leaf tea to another group drinking a placebo of barley leaf tea.
6. Switch up your sleep position
Some wrinkling on your face can be caused by the position in which you sleep. It’s known as “compression,” and it’s caused by your face pressing against the pillow in the same position every night. This compression weakens your skin in some places more than others over time and a wrinkle forms. Sleeping on your back can help to prevent or slow the formation of compression wrinkles.
7. Wash your face regularly
Taking an extra three to five minutes at night to wash your face is never a waste of time. When you leave makeup on your face overnight, the majority of it is absorbed by your skin. Because most cosmetics contain harsh chemicals, they contribute to the oxidative stress that your skin is subjected to. As a result, spending an extra three to five minutes at night to wash your face is never a waste of time. Scrubbing your face vigorously is not recommended. Before going to bed, cleanse your face with a water-based wipe and finish with a splash of cold water across your skin.
8. Avoid ultraviolet light
Most wrinkles on your face, neck, arms, and hands are caused by ultraviolet light. While it is impossible to completely avoid ultraviolet light, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure. Choose a sunless tanning lotion over long sunbathing sessions in the sand, and wear a hat that protects your face from the sun when spending extended periods outside. When going on outdoor adventures, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible. You will still absorb some sunlight, but you will not contribute to the formation of wrinkles on your skin.
9. Up your antioxidants
Skin is more vulnerable to oxidative stress than any other organ in your body. That means that simply going about your daily business can harm your skin. Antioxidants protect your cells from the damage caused by oxidative stress. While you can buy an antioxidant-enriched sunscreen or wrinkle cream, there are numerous other ways to give your skin an antioxidant boost. A diet high in blueberries, kidney beans, grapes, kale, and spinach will help you achieve healthy skin “from the inside out” and may help you delay the signs of aging.
Photo-aged skin is not a cause for concern on its own. However, if you are particularly concerned about the appearance of your skin as you age, you should consult a dermatologist. If you smoke, drink excessively, or use tanning beds, you should be especially vigilant about the appearance of your skin, as you may be at risk for skin cancer.