They might be cute on puppies and babies, but otherwise, they can be very undesirable for some people. Yes, that’s right – we’re talking about wrinkles. If there’s one thing that makes us look older than we feel, it’s the lines that begin to appear around our eyes and mouth. Whilst the ageing of skin is inevitable, there’s nothing that prevents us from slowing it down.
- Beware the sun
Warm, sunny weather makes us feel good – but our skin doesn’t necessarily agree. Exposure to the sun is the number one cause of wrinkles, with plenty of studies proving what basking in the sun can do to our skin. If you can’t resist being out in the sunshine, make sure you wear sun cream – it protects us against skin cancer and helps to prevent wrinkles, win-win.
- Get your beauty sleep
Here’s the science behind it: when you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces excessive amounts of a hormone called cortisol, which breaks down skin cells. On the flip side, get enough sleep and your body produces HGH (human growth hormone), which keeps the skin thick, elastic and less wrinkled.
- Use non-toxic skincare products
We use skincare products to keep our skin looking nice and healthy. However, lots of the products you use could contain hidden toxins – this is especially true of sun cream. Toxins can damage your skin cells and dry out your skin. We recommend using the EWG database to make sure that what you’re using on your skin is natural.
- Give your skin a drink
Making sure you and your skin are hydrated, is the best (and easiest) ways to promote healthy-looking skin. That means making sure you drink plenty of water, using simple moisturiser alongside your other skincare products, and not over-washing your face. The more hydration you have in your skin, the less noticeable lines and creases are in the face.
- Dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are a very popular cosmetic choice for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. These injectable solutions usually contain a substance called hyaluronic acid, a magnet for moisture that the body produces naturally. When it is applied to wrinkled areas of the skin, it attracts moisture to those areas and volumises it to reduce wrinkles and provide a youthful glow.
- Dermatological diet
There are lots of foods you can eat to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin looking healthy. Here’s our favourite three. Fish is a good place to start – it contains a fatty acid known as omega-3, which helps to nourish skin and keep it looking plump. There is also soy, which can help to protect and heal skin from sun damage. Cocoa (in its natural form) is also good! It contains two flavanols (epicatechin and catechin) which help to hydrate and smooth the skin.
Wrinkles are an unfortunate certainty of life. However, there is plenty you can do to slow them down and reduce their appearance. It’s even more promising when you consider that many of the things we’ve outlined can be done fairly inexpensively from your own home. Try out our six top tips and you’ll be fighting back wrinkles from every angle!