Wrinkles are quite simply a natural part of the ageing process and they should be embraced. But to ensure you don’t look old before your time you should care for your skin in the best way you can. Understanding what causes wrinkles and the factors which contribute to premature ageing will help you maintain your youthful complexion.
What Causes Wrinkles?
The skin is made up of two layers. The outer layer is called the epidermis and the layer underneath is the dermis. Wrinkling happens in the dermis and it’s all down to the collagen there. Collagen is key for keeping wrinkles at bay. It’s what keeps the skin bouncy, smooth and elastic. But as we age our bodies produce less of this protein and so it’s harder to keep skin supple and that is when sagging and wrinkles appear.
While collagen naturally decreases the older we get there are also factors in our control which play a big part in contributing to wrinkles:
- too much sugar
- drinking alcohol
- sun damage
- natural facial expressions
- environmental damage
Top 10 Ways to Prevent and Reduce Wrinkles Naturally
Put down the cigarettes and walk away, not only for your health but for your skin too. There are thousands of chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which damage elastin and collagen and cause premature wrinkles.
To keep your skin cells plumped up you need to ensure you drink plenty of water. Dehydrated skin will be dry, flaky and dull looking. Try to drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water a day to stay moisturised from the inside out. If you struggle to drink plain water, you can infuse your water with fruit. Also remember other drinks such as green tea or coconut water contribute to your daily water consumption too. Just avoid sugary sodas.
It’s not just what you put on your face that counts towards reducing wrinkles it’s what you put in your body too. Pack your diet with plenty of antioxidants such as Vitamins, A, C and E to reduce the damage from free radicals.
Fruits and vegetables are great for your skin all round, but these below are particularly good for limiting wrinkles.
- Beans (kidney, pinto or red)
Use an All-natural Oil
Skin which is well moisturised will look smoother, softer and younger. But you don’t have to reach for a heavy moisturiser to truly nourish your skin. An all-natural and light weight product like Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil will give your skin everything it needs to keep wrinkles at bay.
Use a Mineral Sunscreen
Protecting your skin from UV damage is one of the main steps you can take to reduce the risk of premature wrinkles and skin cancer too. You should be applying SPF rain or shine especially to your face which is exposed to free radicals and other environmental factors on a daily basis. Many people prefer using mineral sunscreen which isn’t absorbed into the skin but acts as a barrier instead.
Use a Moisturising Face Mask
Bring the spa to your home with a moisturising face mask to help hydrate and smooth out your skin. Once a week treat yourself and boost hydration levels to plump up those fine lines.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
If ever you needed an excuse to go to bed early, here it is. Your skin replenishes overnight so if you don’t get enough sleep the process can’t happen properly. In addition, the more you sleep the less cortisol is produced. Cortisol is a stress hormone which breaks down collagen and if you want wrinkle free skin you want collagen to stick around. Getting more sleep can be easier said than done, but there are many ways to improve your chances of catching some Z's. One easy way can be to take sleep supplements such as Lumity's Restful Nights Booster.
Take Your Supplements
Your healthy balanced diet can be given an extra boost with Lumity Day and Night supplements. The three morning and three evening capsules are loaded with all-natural ingredients including vitamins A, C and E and selenium and zinc too. These are amazing nutrients for helping to repair and regenerate collagen and so they’re fantastic for your skin.
Although repetitive facial expressions can be the cause of some fine lines - or character lines as we prefer to call them - there are some moves you’re encouraged to do to tone your face naturally. You can not only smooth your forehead, banish crow’s feet and lift and firm your neck muscles with facial yoga, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home - or if you’re brave enough, while running errands too.
Reduce Your Stress
You don’t just feel stress you can see it in the mirror too. Those worry lines on your wrinkled brow don’t have to be there. By managing your stress levels you’ll be doing your skin - and your overall health - a big favour.
So there you have it, 10 super-easy and natural ways to prevent wrinkles! For more helpful, interesting and informative stories on beauty, fitness, health, living, nutrition, mindfulness and more, check out our blog.