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Million Ways To Reduce Wrinkles
There’s no stopping the train of time, but there does seem to be quite a bit you can do about it showing up on your face. Recent research has proven more and more that there are many things you can do to prevent wrinkles on your face and maybe even something you can do about reducing your current wrinkles. If wrinkles are stressing you out, check out some of the ways below that you can help reduce them (tip: don’t stress!).
We’ve summed up a few maybe not-so-well-known ways to help you prevent wrinkles from forming. We are almost all aware of some of the most common tips such as wearing sunscreen, not smoking, not drinking excessively, and wearing moisturizer. But if all of these are still not enough to stop wrinkles from sneaking up on you, read on for some more tips.
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1. Increase Collagen Intake
Collagen is one of the most important component of your skin – and it starts decreasing as you age, especially after 30. Age-related wrinkles are usually due to a breakdown of collagen and not being replenished at a fast enough rate in the body. The good news is that it doesn’t mean it will absolutely happen to you as you age – collagen in found in many foods that we can eat and in abundance. Bone broths, eggs, and meats are excellent sources of collagen but even if your lifestyle doesn’t include those foods you can find collagen in many vegetables. Berries, tomatoes, avocadoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, beans, chia seeds, and most dark, leafy veggies contain high enough amounts of collagen. Of course, you can also always add collagen as a supplement to your diet – just make sure that it is a high-quality ingredient that you can trace the source of.
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2. Increase Omega-3 Intake
Another important factor of skin and keeping it wrinkle-free, is the skin’s ability to hold moisture which, when properly balanced, will keep your skin smooth and calm. The more moisture your skin can hold the less it is dry, scaly, and promoting of wrinkles. Although there are many products on the market that claim to help put moisture back into the skin on your face, one of the best ways to help your skin be moisturized is from the inside-out. To do this, your skin has to have a healthy supply of omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids help your skin to hold on to moisture and they can be found in many foods with ‘healthy fats.’ These include fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, olive oil, avocadoes and chia seeds.
3. Increase Vitamin C Intake
To round-up the group for nutrients needed for your skin, we have vitamin C. One study in 2007 showed that women who had higher intakes of vitamin C actually had less wrinkles and dryness in their skin than those women that didn’t have a proper intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C can be taken as supplement, but it can also be found in many common foods including citrus fruits, peppers, kiwi, broccoli, kale, and berries. All of these are relatively easy to integrate into your diet and getting vitamin C from foods is usually better for your body than getting it from supplements. Our bodies also don’t store vitamin C so taking it in excess from supplements is not going to help your body reverse wrinkles any faster.
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1. Sleep Well And On Your Back
Sleeping the proper amount of time reduces the stress on our bodies which in of itself will help to reduce or prevent wrinkles from showing up. One study showed that just five consecutive nights of poor sleep can lead to an increase in fine lines and brown spots. Not only that, but the skin of those that are sleep deprived also recovers slower after exposure to the sun which just doubles the danger of forming wrinkles prematurely. Another study showed that “catching up” on sleep the next day doesn’t work either for our skin – you must get 7-9 hours in every night for it to benefit your skin.
Sleeping any which way doesn’t work either. Sleep lines are a thing – wrinkles that appear on your face after repeated nights sleeping on your sides or facedown. Sleeping on your sides creates wrinkles on the cheeks and chin and sleeping facedown creates forehead wrinkles. Back sleeping is your best bet, and also the healthiest way to sleep, to keep your face from forming wrinkles. If you just can’t stomach sleeping on your back, at the very least find a pillow that is especially designed to not wrinkle the skin – such as those made of silk or satin or specialty-designed pillows made to limit contact with your face.
2. Get Some Stress Relief
Most people realize that stress has an effect on your skin, but if you’re still on the fence about it there’s now some new research that has proved just that. Two separate studies found that those with higher levels of stress had more itchy, dry, and flaky skin and that stress levels were also related to psoriasis flare-ups and inflammatory conditions of the skin. To avoid stress-related wrinkles, make sure to create some down-time for your body every day or on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be anything time-consuming like a spa day or massage but it does have to relax you from the day’s stresses. These mini-relaxations can include doing yoga, meditation, walks, taking up a relaxing hobby, or just whatever works for you.
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3. Stop Squinting
If you’re finding yourself squinting while you read, and don’t want to get glasses because you’re afraid they’ll make you look old, think about what squinting is doing to add on the wrinkles. The more you squint, the more wrinkles form around your eyes. The muscles that are overworking under your skin eventually create grooves if used enough and these grooves lead to wrinkles. So think twice about skipping the glasses. Remember the sunglasses too, as squinting against the sun will also add wrinkles to your face.
You may not be able to stop wrinkles permanently from developing on your face, but you can certainly delay their onset. Wrinkles are not only caused by age but by many different things we are deficient in or that we are doing in everyday life. So make sure to get a daily dose of collagen, vitamin C, and omega-3s and keep your life stress free, sleep on your back, and stop squinting. Doing these things won’t prevent wrinkles for good, but they will help you to prevent them prematurely.