Sometimes you look in the mirror and notice that your skin is starting to look older than your actual years. You start wondering if all the expensive anti-aging skin creams you've purchased are worth the money. After all, spending $100 bucks for a small pot of anti-aging cream seems outrageous.
Of course, most of us also do the basics. We wash our face after waking up in the morning and before going to bed at night. The question is are we doing it right and is this enough? My feeling is, it is better and cheaper to avoid wrinkles than to attempt to fix them later. This post will guide you on how to prevent wrinkles naturally.
Functions of the Skin
Beyond wrinkles, the most vital reason to care for your skin is that it plays a crucial role in your health. First, it acts as your body's outer shield against germs, bacteria, pollution and UV radiation. Second, it helps to keep your body temperature regulated. Another function it does is absorb nutrients the body needs. For example, it converts sunlight into Vitamin D. These are just a few of the crucial roles that skin performs.
To make sure that your skin does its tasks in the best possible way, it's wise to boost your skin health. You can do this by finding and maintaining the right regimen for your skin type and specific needs. Failure to do so could lead to skin problems such as blemishes and premature wrinkles.
So, what are the secrets of great skin despite your actual age? Simple. As much as you can do it, avoid the mistakes that lead to premature skin aging.
How to Prevent Wrinkles Naturally
1. Use the Right Skincare Products for Your Skin Type
Ads promising in instant wrinkle results are usually made solely for promotion. And if your best friend tells you about her amazing improvement with a certain product, you may not get the same result.
You need to understand that we all have different skin types with different needs. So, instead of believing a product suggestion first check the product ingredients to see if it will address your skin type's needs. Of course, the first step is to learn your skin type before anything else.
Here are the three skin types.
Three Skin Types
Vata skin type is thin, dry, delicate with fine pores and cool to the touch. When out of balance, it is rough, flaky and very dry with possible eczema. The most significant challenge for Vata type skin is an inclination to wrinkle early, and the loss of elasticity.
Pitta skin type tends to have heat imbalances like acne, heated rashes, rosacea, liver spots and pigment disorders. This skin type is of medium thickness, ruddy or red, fair, sensitive, sunburns easily, and is prone to freckles and moles.
Kapha skin type is thick, pale, oily, soft and cool to the touch. This type of skin ages well and doesn't wrinkle much. It is the most tolerant of the three skin types, but can sometimes be greasy and have large pores and blackheads when imbalanced.
2. Don't Overdue Makeup
You may love makeup. I get it. It can enhance the natural beauty you already have. And it's a must-have for important events that call for glamour and elegance. For some, it is part of their daily routine because it helps them look professional at work.
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You may have heard horror stories of women who fail to wash off makeup before bedtime on a constant basis. One of the bad effects of leaving makeup on is premature aging. Failure to remove makeup gives free radicals a free ticket to your skin. When these free radicals penetrate your skin, they destroy the collagen making your skin age faster than normal.
Besides premature aging, here are the other bad consequences of leaving makeup on at night:
- Breakouts – Makeup attracts dirt, pollution, and bacteria during the day. So, if you don’t wash off, these usual root causes of blackheads, pimples, and acne stay on your skin, too.
- Larger pores –. Sleeping with makeup on leads to bigger, deeper, and more clogged pores. Because of this, it will be more difficult for your skin to recover from free radical damage and regenerate healthy cells.
- Dry skin –. Not removing makeup causes skin irritation. As a result, the skin appears as dry, red, and flaky.
- Chapped lips – Chemicals found in your lipstick can compromise the ideal amount of moisture on your lips. The outcome? Dry and chapped lips. So, before bedtime, be sure to remove your lipstick, too.
- Eye Irritation – Eyelid cysts, sty, and brittle eyelashes are a few things you can get when you don't remove mascara and eyeliner. Particles makeup can get into your eyes, or linger on the surface around your eyes and can lead to eye irritations.
- Ineffective skincare products – Makeup blocks the absorption of skincare products, making them less effective.
How about touching up makeup throughout the day? Does it do any harm, too?
Actually, yes. Adding another layer of makeup every time it melts away, pushes pollutants deep down into your pores, clogging it further.
The solution for this is applying a foundation that’s strong enough to withstand heat and humidity. Also, choose makeup products that with non-comedogenic ingredients.
How often should you wash your face?
The basic rule is to wash off the day and wash off the night.
3. Protect Yourself From the Sun
“I only apply sunscreen when it’s scorching hot outside.” Tell you what, that’s entirely a no-no. Even if it’s winter, harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin. The truth is, we absorb 78% of those rays at times when we are confident enough that we don’t need sun protection.
When we go out on a cloudy or rainy day, when it’s winter time, we often skip sunscreen, making our skin more vulnerable to sun damage. Constant sun damage leads to the early formation of fine lines and wrinkles and poor complexion.
So use a sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and has SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis.
And oh, it’s about time to embrace your natural skin color. Even if you use indoor tanning equipment, your skin can still age faster because of the UV rays that these tanning solutions often emit.
4. Neglecting or Overdoing Exfoliation
Due to age and hormonal imbalances, the skin’s natural ability to get rid of dead skin cells slows down too. So, exfoliate from time to time to remove the build-up of dead skin cells that block your pores leading to breakouts, dull complexion, and uneven skin tone.
But don't do it too often. Overdoing the exfoliation process can yield the same results that you get when you skip it. Over-exfoliation leads to irritation, dryness, and sensitivity.
The best exfoliating ingredients are natural enzymes from natural ingredients.
5. Not Enough or Too Much Moisturizer
The right amount of moisture in the skin can be tricky. Not enough for your type skin leads to dehydration and dryness. Or too much can mean oiliness and breakouts.
But, having just the right amount for you leads to soft, smooth, and properly-hydrated skin. You can achieve this result by using a light hydrating serum or mist. Ditch products that contain silicones as they only make moisturizers less effective.
6. Applying Toxic Oils
While some oils and essential oils are beneficial for skin health, there are also some that cause premature wrinkles. Usually, these are polyunsaturated oils.
Polyunsaturated oils are highly vulnerable and attractive to free radicals that cause oxidation. At first, it can be a good moisturizer, but when used regularly, they lead to long-term cell damage, hormonal imbalances, and age spots.
So, it's best to avoid polyunsaturated oils. Skincare experts prefer saturated oils, followed by monounsaturated as the second choice.
Saturated oils are the most ideal for these are the safest and most stable kind. One example is squalene (found in shark liver and olive oil) which is 100% saturated and non-comedogenic.
7. Get Beauty Sleep
Beauty sleep is not a myth. When you deprive yourself of restful, sound sleep, your health suffers, and your skin is not excused for that matter. In fact, lack of sleep is first visible on your skin. It may appear as dull and dehydrated with enlarged pores. You may get dark eye circles and big eye bags, too.
Get eight-hours of sleep in complete darkness to improve blood circulation and your skin health. A restful sleep enables your body to regenerate new and healthy skin cells. This is why the next morning, you appear fresher and more energized. Your complexion looks healthier, too.
Seven to nine hours of sleep enables your skin to produce new collagen. Collagen helps prevent sagging. Hence, fine lines and wrinkles are less likely to appear. Also, don’t you know that sleep deprivation causes the corners of your mouth to droop? Yes, it really does. This is why when we lack the ideal amount of sleep, we often appear sadder and more down than we actually are.
If you have sleep issues, here are some effective suggestions to help you get a good night of sleep.
8. Eat the Right Foods to Support Healthy Skin
What do you expect from feeding on junk? Think about inflammation-inducing foods. Also, answer this question: How often do you consume fast food meals?
Sweets, fries, soda and fried anything—at times, are too hard to resist. But overindulging yourself of this unhealthy diet can have a massive impact on how fast your skin wrinkles. You’ve heard a million times, “You are what you eat.” This is true even for your skin. Eat healthily and your skin will be healthy.
What are some of the most skin-friendly foods? Here are the 12 best foods for healthy skin.
These foods are abundant in the nutrients and minerals that fight off free radical damage, boost sun protection and enhance blood circulation. When choosing foods for improving your skin health, the basic rule is picking the fresh, organic choices that are rich in antioxidants.
If you’re feeling too lazy to exercise, it’s time to change your mind. First, it promotes proper blood circulation. Second, your brain releases the “happy hormones” called endorphins. Finally, exercising regularly tones your muscles. So, how do these three primary benefits enhance your skin health?
A healthy blood circulation makes your skin look glowing, fresh, and rejuvenated. For people with fair skin, this can be noticed through their healthy-looking rosy cheeks. Also, with healthy blood flow, free radicals and wastes are carried to the organs that process excretion. The more you release wastes from your body, the more vigorous, and younger-looking you become.
Stress is the prime culprit for premature aging and skin problems. If you want to slow down skin aging, you need to lower down your stress levels. One of the best ways to lower stress levels is through the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra. While Yoga Nidra will provide you with many benefits, the end result is profound relaxation and restoration in your body and mind to eliminate stress.
Aside from the adequate amount of sleep, exercising regularly can amazingly give you this benefit. This is because of the endorphins, or the stress-busting hormones that your brain releases every time you exercise.
People who value fitness are always younger-looking than their actual age. Toning your muscles helps prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles and sagging skin. Because exercising makes you happier, your appearance radiates a positive aura that makes you more attractive.
Exercising outdoors should be done early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Prevent direct sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm.
10. Be Modest When Indulging in Vices
Overconsumption of alcohol and nicotine can make you look older than your actual age.
Too much alcohol destroys your liver—the organ that cleanses your body from toxins. If your liver doesn’t function at its best, your body could suffer from free-radical damage, and this would show up on your skin. Also, one of the short-term effects of alcohol is dehydration. Dehydration is harsh on your skin. It promotes wrinkling and poor complexion.
Instead of consuming alcohol, why not opt for more water or green tea? Healthy beverages aren’t just good for your internal health. They are also best for your skin.
Let’s talk about nicotine. This highly-addictive substance in cigarettes makes you look way older than you are. Smoking damages your collagen and elastin. It also decreases your blood flow. As a result, you deprive your skin of adequate oxygen and essential nutrients.
Two More Things
Now that you know how to prevent wrinkles naturally with these ten tips, I want to leave you with two more things.
First, you've probably heard the inspiring quote that smile is the best makeup that you can wear. It's true. It makes you look younger and optimistic! When you smile, even if you fake it, your brain releases feel-good hormones which can give a positive impact on your appearance. So smile more often to look your best. 🙂
Second, I want to tell you about a tool that has a tightening effect and can radically improve the radiance of your skin. It's called the Kansa Healing Wand, and it is rooted in Ayurvedic medicine. This natural tool balances the doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to support vitality, promote health, and give you great looking skin.
But a video is worth a thousand words, so just watch. If you would like to read our full review of this product you can find it here: Kansa Healing Wand and Course Review – Discover the Most Natural, Chemical-Free Way to Lift Up Your Face.
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have in the comment area below, and I'll be sure to get back within “hours” most of the time.