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6 Simple Steps to Prevent Wrinkles

For most of us, age is just a number, till the wrinkles begin to show. Deep furrows, crinkly wrinkles and sagging skin can really distort our features. Though wrinkles are an inescapable consequence of ageing, we can do our bit to delay and minimize them. Here is an article that talks about wrinkles and explains how, with minor lifestyle changes, you can actually impede the onset of wrinkles.

Let’s start with the first question that pops up in our mind when we talk about wrinkles.

“How do wrinkles form?”

Wrinkles form in the epidermis, i.e. the outermost layer of the skin and in the dermis, which is the layer below the epidermis. Ageing causes the epidermis to lose its ability to retain moisture and this leads to the formation of fine lines. In the deeper layers of the skin, collagen and elastin break down, weakening the support structure of the skin. With ageing, fats too begin to disappear, causing the skin to sag. All these factors together contribute to the formation of deep wrinkles, furrows and frown lines.


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Now, moving on to the most important question for all of us,

“How to prevent the formation of wrinkles?”

We’ve all heard of the wise saying, ‘Prevention is better that cure.’ When it comes to wrinkles, this saying is like God’s honest truth, because, getting rid of wrinkles is a trying process and does not have guaranteed success. Even if you opt for chemical peels or fillers, the results are not permanent. Hence, it is better to take steps right from the start to prevent wrinkles from forming.

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do:

Save your skin from the sun:

I should’ve written this point in upper case letters! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. UV rays reduce the elasticity of the skin overtime. Hence, the more you expose your skin to sunlight, the higher the chances of your skin wrinkling. To safeguard your skin from sun damage, slather on a good amount of sunscreen before stepping outdoors. Also, invest in tinted windows for your home and vehicle to prevent UV rays from filtering through. To better shield your face from the sun, wear on a hat or scarf when outdoors.



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Swear by antioxidants:

Antioxidants reduce the effects caused by free radicals, thereby reducing the damage caused by exposure to the sun. Consume fruits, veggies and beverages that are rich in antioxidants. Raspberries, blueberries, pomegranates spinach and red bell peppers contain high amount of antioxidants. Also include soy, green tea and foods rich in Vitamins C and E in your diet.



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Sleep on your back:

When you sleep face down, or on any one side repeatedly, the skin on that side of your face gets squashed and develops creases. As you age, your skin’s elasticity decreases and these creases develop into wrinkles. So, to reduce wrinkles caused by improper sleeping postures, avoid sleeping on one particular side or face down. Instead, try sleeping on your back as much as possible.



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Minimize certain facial expressions:

This might seem like an odd suggestion. However, it does make a lot of sense. Certain facial expressions, like squinting, frowning, raising your eyebrows and smiling cause certain areas of your face to crease. Overtime, these creases develop into lines and wrinkles. Try to refrain from activities that make you squint, like going out in the sun without wearing sunglasses or reading fine print or trying to read without your glasses. Similarly, keep the melancholy frown at bay. How? Well, you’ll have to find your own way to do that. When it comes to smiling though, I wouldn’t ask you to cut down on it. After all, a good laugh a day keeps the doctor away! (Besides, laugh lines give you a genial air which most people find endearing!)


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Stop smoking:

Smoking damages an important skin component that is responsible for keeping skin firm and supple, i.e., collagen. Studies show that heavy smokers are 5 times more likely to show wrinkles than non-smokers. Thus, if you’re a smoker who’s desirous of wrinkle-free skin, you’ll have to kick the butt now. If you’re a non-smoker, beware of passive smoking as this too is equally, in fact, more harmful than smoking.



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Moisturize regularly and stay hydrated:

Keeping your skin hydrated helps it stay soft and supple. This reduces the formation of lines and wrinkles. So, consume sufficient amounts of water every day.  Also apply a moisturizing lotion regularly, especially after washing your face, bathing or going for a swim.



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For these steps to take effect, you’ll need to follow them every day. So, rather than they being something you specially do, try to make them a habit. It might require you to consciously follow them in the beginning, but over time it will become second nature to you. This will help you develop a lifestyle that automatically curbs and delays the formation of wrinkles.

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