From fine lines to deep furrows and crow’s feet, you may be familiar with the types of wrinkles you can start to see as you get older. With age, it’s only natural for collagen and elastin production to slow down and for the skin to lose the ability to snap back to its original firmness. As a result, the skin starts to show wrinkles, laugh lines, dark spots and crow’s feet. We’ve gathered some recommendations to both reverse the appearance of wrinkles as well prevent the signs of aging in the first place.
How To Stop The Appearance Of Wrinkles And Skin Aging: 7 Ways
1. Sun Care
By adding SPF into your daily skin care routine, you’re preventing the early signs of aging with little effort. UVA rays (used in tanning booths) are a primary cause of aging that destroys collagen, causes dark spots and contributes to a lack of skin elasticity and tone. These rays are linked to long term skin damage like the formation of wrinkles. While they are also associated with some skin cancers, UVB rays primarily contribute to the development of skin cancer. UVB rays are also triggers for burning and redness from sun damage.
Whether you're swimming or sweating at the gym, our Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 keeps the skin protected across your face and body. This water-resistant sport sunscreen shields you even when you’re sweating outside, enjoying your favorite activities. In addition, to avoid dry lips, the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 defends your pout from the sun’s rays. The formula contains rosehip oil that helps make lips smooth and soft by relieving dryness.
2. Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
According to WebMD, the amount of wrinkles that develop and their prominence are largely dependent on a person's lifetime sun exposure. Having said that, another simple way to prevent the early onset of wrinkles is to restrict your time outside when the sun is at its highest peak. The time to avoid it is from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in most parts of the US. If you are outside for extended periods, the Skin Cancer Foundation advises you to put on sunscreen, seek shade and wear sunglasses, a hat and light clothing to cover your skin as much as possible.
3. Change Your Sleeping Habits
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In terms of the position you sleep in, according to Healthline.com, your sleeping posture may have an effect on the formation of wrinkles. Studies found that people who sleep on their side or stomach are “prone to mechanical compression forces, which can speed up the formation of wrinkles and also distort facial skin.” Consider sleeping on your back instead of your stomach or side.
4. Use Vitamin C And Other Antioxidants
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, which means that it protects the skin from free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles. Vitamin C may help protect skin from sun damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum reduces the appearance of free radical damage and the signs of aging. This formula contains a cocktail of stabilized Vitamin C, Vitamin E, citrus fruit oils and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (also known as Vitamin C salt), all to improve the appearance of skin health for younger-looking skin.
The delicate skin around your eye may require another antioxidant solution. If you notice the skin around your eye area forming wrinkles and dark circles, try our Wild Plum Eye Cream. It contains wild plum juice, an iron-rich ingredient that brightens the look of skin under the eye. Other key ingredients include shea butter and grape oil for hydration as well as our Biocomplex and antioxidant-rich green tea.
5. Apply Moisturizer
According to the British Journal of Dermatology, applying moisturizer slows down the development of wrinkles as opposed to leaving your skin dry and unmoisturized for years. For deep wrinkles, consider applying rich, hydrating moisturizers before you go to sleep like our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream. Shea butter, Argan oil and grape seed oil are examples of moisturizing ingredients that result in the appearance of youthful-looking skin.
6. Use A Targeted Treatment
Other than wrinkles, another sign of aging you may be dealing with are dark spots, caused by a lifetime of sun exposure. Dark spots are common on your face, your back, shoulders or on the backs of your hands.
Our Bright Skin Targeted Treatment assists with reducing the appearance of dark spots using licorice root extract, punarnava and turmeric. The formula includes our Swiss Alpine Plant Extracts which reduces the look of uneven skin. In addition, Eminence Organics Director of Product Development Colette Lieberman recommends the Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System to help you improve the look of dark spots and achieve a glowing complexion. This three-step peel contains the Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant, the Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator and the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. These peels will help improve the look of your skin texture and clarity. And to prevent further dark spots from developing, try our Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 as this formula hydrates and protects from UVA, UVB and UVC rays.
7. Fewer Carbs And Sugar
Changing your diet, by reducing carbs and sugar and increasing healthy fats, proteins and vegetables, can have a positive impact on your skin too! According to Healthine.com: “Foods with a high glycemic index, like white bread, can cause inflammation in the body, which is directly linked to the aging process.”
We know sugar isn’t good for our health, but it can also age the skin. This process is called glycation. Sugar bonds with proteins in your body to create free radicals which destroy your collagen and elastin, the building blocks that keep your skin strong and supple. Foods rich in antioxidants like fish, fruits and vegetables seem to better protect skin.
Have you seen any improvement in your wrinkles? Let us know in the comments below.