We’ve gathered together some wrinkle prevention secrets to help you look your best, whatever your age. Give it a read and turn back the clock naturally.
There’s no getting away from the fact that, as we age, our skin begins to wrinkle.
Women have been experimenting with anti-ageing treatments and masks for hundreds of years in an attempt to hold onto their youthful looks.
In fact, historians recently discovered that anti-ageing treatments were being developed in India as far back as 5,000 years ago.
Wanting to turn back the clock and look young and healthy isn’t a recent invention!
According to a report in The New York Times, 28% of under 25s regularly worry about ageing.
That figure increases to 42% of those aged between 25-34, and 54% of those aged 35 and above. Though there’s no “miracle cure” to ageing, there are some things that you should know if you want to prevent wrinkles and stay looking baby-faced forever…
Antioxidants are your friend
As we enter into our twenties, our bodies produce less and less collagen, and therefore it’s critical that we do everything we can to slow down the skin’s ageing process. One of the best techniques is to start using anti-ageing products that are rich in antioxidants, like serums containing Vitamin C or products that are packed with AHA (glycolic/lactic acid).
Antioxidants not only protect your skin against environmental damage which is caused by free radicals, but they can reverse the effects of skin damage and prevent wrinkling.
They also remove dead skin cells in our faces, helping to revitalise deeper layers of skin.
Products containing antioxidants and AHAs are available over-the-counter and can give you a natural “oomph”. Be careful if you suffer from sensitive skin and always speak to a dermatologist before changing up your skincare routine, or you could induce breakouts.
The sun is your enemy
Sun damage is, without a doubt, one of the primary underlying causes of skincare worries and premature ageing, so avoid unnecessary sessions on the sunbeds and always wear an SPF moisturiser to protect your skin from harmful UV rays – even in the winter months.
You should see sun cream as a must-have in your handbag and daily skincare routine.
Make sure your cream protects from both UVA and UVB rays (think of A as ageing and B for burns), and choose a cream that offers at least SPF 30. By shielding your skin from the sun, you’ll not only slow down the ageing process but reduce the chances of cancers.
There are, of course, benefits to sunshine; it can reduce the chances of Type 2 diabetes, boost your immunity and prevent vitamin D deficiency. It can also reduce your cancer risk (vitamin D is known to reduce the risk of several cancers and increase survival rates once cancer has been diagnosed), lower your blood pressure and improve your mood and sleep. Sunlight can also aid weight loss, slow Alzheimer’s, improve bone health, cure depression, and prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder.
We’re not saying you should avoid the sun at all costs – but be mindful of its potential damage and limit your exposure to one or two hours per day, wearing an SPF 30+ cream.
Oralift could help you
Over the past decade, there has been an increasing number of studies to suggest that facial exercises can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. That led some to experiment with facial yoga and daily movements. Over time, these exercises can kickstart muscles that are underused, change the shape of your face and reduce wrinkles and lines.
An alternative to facial exercise is the Oralift anti-ageing device, which fits over your lower teeth and looks like a small mouthguard. It is to be worn for just two hours, every three days, and there is no exercise programme attached.
Instead, the device itself activates the facial muscles just by being in your mouth. When wearing the Oralift, teeth are separated by a greater distance than usual, and so muscles react by altering their fibres, creating a new resting length and freeway space. Over time, capillaries that have been damaged due to ageing are repaired, triggering the healing and rejuvenation process without surgery.
With ongoing treatment, users can see continuous improvement and the slowing down of the ageing process. Read more about the science behind Oralift on the Kudos website.
Depend on retinol
Another product that has exploded in popularity in recent years is retinol. According to a study from Dermstore, 30% of women under 35 are already using anti-wrinkle products, to help slow down the loss of collagen and make up for the moisture and elasticity we lose.
Retinol is an active form of vitamin A, and though the ingredient is primarily used for acne, it can also stimulate the production of collagen.
It promotes skin renewal by exfoliating the outer layer of the skin, stimulating the production of collagen, thus increasing cell turnover and regulating the cell cycle, too. Over time, this has the effect of softening fine lines and wrinkles, improving the texture of your skin, improving tightness, and lightening age spots.
Another benefit to retinol is that it can treat pigmentation, making it ideal for reducing the appearance of acne scars and sun damage, improving skin tone and unclogging pores.
It’s important to note that retinol should not be used if you have underlying skin conditions like rosacea or eczema, as it could enhance inflammation. If you do have sensitive skin and want to try retinol, slowly introduce it to your skincare regime in small doses. Apply a pea-sized amount to your skin every two or three days on an evening before going to bed.
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