The thought of having wrinkles on our face might frighten many of us.
The thought itself is scarier than a nightmare, especially for women.
Billions of dollars are spent every year over anti-aging creams in the US. In UK £18.6billion is spent on wrinkle treatments that makes one fifth of the National Health Service Budget. There are only 7% of women in UK who say that “they were prepared to grow old gracefully and embrace the ageing process without some form of treatment.”
Now if you have decided to fight wrinkles with the help of these anti-aging creams, think again! Because we have some harsh reality for you that can change your mind.
A study conducted over a time period of 12 weeks revealed the truth behind the expensive wrinkle creams. 20 women were chosen for this study between ages 30 to 70 years and all had fair complexion (fair complexion is more prone to develop wrinkles and fine lines than dark complexion). Half of them were given top rated anti-aging creams and the other half was given placebo. What were the results? The expensive anti-aging cream did not show beneficial results. So stop wasting your money and time on these creams and treatments.
Truth is that, the secret of younger looking skin does not lie in these creams. You can only prevent wrinkles by making some changes to your lifestyle.
Are you prepared to fight the first signs of aging? Not sure? Don’t know how?
So here we are with a list of “things to do” that can help you combat fine lines and wrinkles. This is what you can do:
Avoid sun exposure
Rule No.1: avoid direct exposure to the sun. There are many studies that support the claim that sun exposure causes wrinkles. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that if you have to go out in the sun always use a sunscreen. It protects your skin from cancer and also prevents wrinkles.
Did you know that smoking can make your skin wrinkle? Studies reveal that heavy smokers are 5 times more at a risk of excessive wrinkling, compared to nonsmokers. When we smoke, an enzyme is released that breaks down elastin and collagen, two important skin components, as a result wrinkles appear.
Don’t squint-wear glasses!
Repetitive facial movements such as squinting and frowning can overwork facial muscles, this forms a groove beneath the surface of the skin and later this groove turns into wrinkle. It is suggested that you wear sun glasses to protect your eyes from squinting while you are under the sun and also it will help to protect the area around your eyes from the harmful effects of sunrays.
Adequate sleep is a must for younger looking skin. Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist, says that lack of enough sleep produces excessive amount of cortisol, which is a hormone that has damaging effects on the cells of the skin. On the other hand, an adequate amount of sleep helps your body to produce HGH or human growth hormone that maintains the elasticity of the skin and prevents it from wrinkling.
Salmon and other cold water fish are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. These two components keep your skin replenished, youthful and plump.
Studies reveal that soy protects from the photoaging damage by the sun. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, supplements containing soy can improve the structure of the skin and also enhances its firmness in just six months. Other foods that are beneficial in the same manner are fish protein, tomato, grapeseed and white tea extracts.
Take a fruit friendly diet
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which help to reduce the damaging effects of the free radicals. They make the skin more radiant and also protect it from damaging effects of photoaging. Also take fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in the increased production of collagen, which is essential for preventing wrinkles.
Do not over-wash your face with soaps
The dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, state that, the natural oils of the skin provide protection against wrinkles, when we wash our face too often we remove this protective layer of oil. If you use a soap make sure it contains moisturizer.
Moisturize your skin
It is very important that you keep your skin moisturized to save it from wrinkling. A dermatologist, Dr. Ashinoff says, “Women, especially, are so concerned with antiaging products they often overlook the power of a simple moisturizer. Skin that is moist simply looks better, so lines and creases are far less noticeable.”
Food and Drug Administration approves the use of tretinoin, also known as Retin A commercially, for reducing fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.
Last but not the least, “be happy”. Some studies reveal that younger looking skin is associated with happiness and positive thinking.