People are finally realizing that it’s never too early to start preventing wrinkles. A healthy lifestyle and the right skin care habits at an early age will ensure lesser wrinkles, fine lines, and brown spots in the years to come. It’s easier and less expensive to prevent the signs of aging than getting rid of them once they’re visible. So, what should be done to prevent them from appearing in the first place? Keep reading to find out!
- Re-evaluate Your Prescription Medications
When you’re in your 20s, some commonly used prescription medicines like oral antibiotics for acne, topical creams and gels for acne, and birth control pills can adversely affect your skin. Some of the side effects of these medications include dryness, irritation, and hyperpigmentation. You may also need to discontinue your acne treatment in your 20s if you have outgrown the hormone-induced acne from your teen years. Overuse of topical acne medication can dry out your skin. Switching to a milder option such as salicylic acid can help to prevent acne breakouts without drying out the skin. Consider yourself lucky if you’re on a retinoid prescription for acne because it’s performing a double job as a wrinkle prevention treatment. Birth control pills can cause hormonal changes, which may lead to hyperpigmentation in some people. It’s important to talk to your doctor adjusting the doses.
- Don’t Over-dry Your Skin
Many people dealing with adult acne fear using a moisturizer because they believe it may cause them to breakout while some over-exfoliate or use drying cleansers that damage the skin’s natural protective barrier. Dry, dehydrated skin is more susceptible to showing early signs of aging. So, you need a different approach to treat adult acne than what you were using during your teenage. Using gentle skin care products that act to prevent and reduce acne breakouts is a safer option. It will not only keep your skin clear but also protect its natural moisture barrier, ultimately preventing wrinkles and fine lines.
Here are my recommendations for gentle cleanser and exfoliator:
- Use the right Skin Care Products for Your Skin
Your skin care regimen needs to evolve with your age to meet your skin’s specific needs. Your skin may change and may not fit into the standard skin types as you enter a new decade of your life. It’s time to re-assess your skin to find a suitable skincare routine. You can also ask your skin care professional for advice.
My recommendations for anti-aging products for all skin types:
4. Be Mindful of How You Sleep
Sleep is known to be the second leading cause of wrinkles after unprotected sun exposure. Did you know that squishing your face into a pillow can also cause wrinkles? You can tell by looking at someone’s face if they sleep on their side or back. Side sleepers often get vertical lines on their chest and around the nasolabial fold whereas back sleepers have horizontal lines on their neck caused by chin pushing down on this area. One way of avoiding these lines is by sleeping on the side, with your head positioned in the bottom corner of the pillow, so the lower half of your face doesn’t touch the pillow.
5. Get Serious About Your Sun Protection
Sun protection is undoubtedly the best way of preventing the early appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. It is crucial to shield your skin against the harmful UV rays every time you go in the daylight, whether it’s rainy or sunny outside. Even a few moments of unprotected sun exposure can cause significant skin damage. Therefore, it’s important to choose a sunscreen according to your skin type and make it a part of your morning skincare routine.
I recommend using hydrating sunscreens like:
6. Don’t Neglect Your Neck
Many people make the mistake of not giving enough attention to their neck while following their daily skincare routine. Apply an adequate amount of moisturizer and sunscreen to your neck to keep it looking firm and smooth. Excessive use of mobile also causes the early appearance of wrinkles around the neck. Therefore, you need to be more careful about how you take care of your neck.
7. Use an Eye Cream and Under-eye Exfoliator
The eye area is the first part of your face to show the signs of aging. Therefore, it’s crucial to protect this delicate area with a lightweight, non-greasy eye cream that hydrates and nourishes the skin around your eyes. As the skin under your eyes loses its elasticity easily, it’s important to choose an eye cream containing peptides that will also support the structure of the skin to keep it firm. Gently exfoliating dry under-eye area will freshen up the skin and enhance the absorption of your eye cream.
8. Use a Product with Retinol
Vitamin A (also called retinoid or retinol) is the most widely used and biologically proven anti-aging ingredient. Incorporate it into your skin care routine now if you haven’t already done that. Retinol speeds up skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen and elastin production, reducing and preventing wrinkles.
Here’s my favorite retinol product:
9. Use Botox-free Alternatives for Forehead and Between the Eyes Wrinkles
Anti-aging treatments to prevent wrinkles like botox can be uncomfortable and expensive. Therefore, skin care experts recommend going for a botox-free alternative unless it’s really needed. Frownies are one of the most effective and inexpensive options for preventing forehead and between the eyes wrinkles. They work by temporarily freezing the muscle movements to prevent wrinkles, just like botox. Consistent use can help to reduce the repeated movements of these muscles that cause the skin to wrinkle.
10. Seek Additional Help from a skin specialist
Take additional care of your skin by considering professional treatments like microneedling, skin peels, lasers, and facials. Not only these treatments will help to prevent and reduce the wrinkles, but you will also get professional guidance on how to care for your skin at home. Which is 80% of your results 🙂
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