5 Tips for Preventing Wrinkles
Tip #1 Don’t Smoke
Not only does smoking cause havoc for your lungs and heart, but the damage goes beyond that to your skin. Smoking makes the blood vessels in your skin constrict and over time your collagen and elastin fibers are damaged. Smoking basically speeds up how quickly your skin ages, leads to more wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
Tip #2 Prioritise Sleep
Not getting enough consistent sleep over the years can damage your skin. Step up your sleep routine and get into a rhythm of getting up early every day and going to bed at the same time each night. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night and sleep on your back.
As Professor Derek Richard from Queensland’s Cancer & Ageing Laboratories explains, sleep is so important to our skin.
“When we sleep the body detoxifies itself, as we go into a rest stage, our brain and body detoxify the chemicals that have built up over the day. If you experience poor or persistent lack of sleep, you don't get rid of those toxins as quickly as you should, and they start to build up and effect not only your body but your skin.”
Dark circles under eyes are a sign of lack of sleep
Tip #3 Eat Collagen Rich Food
Collagen is the main structural protein in our skin and as we age, we produce less which leads to loss of volume and wrinkles. You can enhance your collagen production topically through skincare and orally through food. You don’t need to spend money on collagen supplements, there are a wealth of naturally collagen rich foods that you can incorporate into your diet.
Fish & Shellfish
Tip #4 Never Leave the House Without Sunscreen
Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You should apply sunscreen every day to skin that’s not covered by clothing as the sun’s rays can take a toll on your skin and puts you at risk of age spots, scaly patches, and wrinkles.
“Sunlight contains radiation that we cannot see in the form of harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV). When your skin is not protected by sunscreen, genetic damage is occurring to your cells and those areas will age more rapidly, develop wrinkles, and most importantly will have a much higher risk of getting skin cancer,” explains Professor Richard.
Tip #5 Try Wrinkle Fighting Ingredients
Retinol – A derivative of Vitamin A, stimulates wrinkle smoothing collagen and you’ll find retinol in most anti-aging wrinkle creams.
Peptides – These linked chain amino acids help make up your collagen and elastin and are less irritating than Retinol. Look for Peptides in night creams and eye creams.
Hyaluronic Acid – A clever moisture-binding molecule that draws in water to plump fine lines. You’ll find Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient in most serums.
Vitamin C – This antioxidant helps produce collagen and brightens skin, and you can find it in Vitamin C serums.
Vitamin E – Another antioxidant that works well with Vitamin C to protect the skin and nourish the skin barrier. Look for Vitamin E as the ingredient Tocopheryl Acetate in mosturisers.