So the other day my best friend called me asking for my advice on what eye anti-wrinkle cream she should buy. She’s only 24, (one year younger than moi) so I was really surprised she was even asking me this. She said she started noticing some slight wrinkles underneath her eyes and was freaking out. I currently don’t use any anti-wrinkle creams…(just moisturizer and spf) so that got me thinking, should I be using anti-wrinkle creams too??? It’s a kinda scary thought, but I mean, it is a good thing to start preventing getting wrinkles at an early age…right?
– Protect your skin from the sun. The sun is one of the major causes of wrinkling. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating every day. Apply it about 20 minutes before you leave the house, and reapply every 4 hours. If you are sweating or in water, apply more often. Wear a hat if you are spending extensive time in the sun. You should also wear sunglasses which protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
-Moisturize. Dehydration and loss of elasticity lead to wrinkles, so it’s imperative that you keep skin well-moisturized on the outside as well. Apply a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type daily. You can also find moisturizers that contain sunscreen.
-Apply hydroxy acids to your skin. Alpha, beta and poly hydroxy acids come from fruit, milk and sugar cane. These acids work to remove old, dead skin cells and help produce newer, younger-looking cells. They also encourage collagen production which plumps up the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Your skin may initially be sensitive to hydroxy acids so test them on a small patch before full application.
-Do not smoke. Smoking cigarettes has been shown to lead to premature wrinkling.
-Eat healthy. A well-balanced diet is a key component to healthy, young-looking skin. Aim to maintain a diet that is rich in vitamins and nutrients, particularly Vitamin A, C, E and K, which have been shown to promote radiant skin.