It is time to face the facts: wrinkles are a normal sign of aging—from the lines in your brow to the laugh lines around your mouth. But just because they’re a fact of life doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to lessen their appearance. And if you cringe at the thought of chemical peels, abrasive and dangerous laser surgeries and Botox injections to try to improve your skin, why not embrace natural solutions? Here are a few quick tips to help smooth and refresh aging skin:
1. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Dozens of studies prove that soaking up too much sun is the primary cause of wrinkles. When you do head outdoors, protect your skin with sunscreen and enjoy the intake of vitamin D.
2. Get plenty of sleep. According to dermatology reports, inadequate sleep and insomnia produce excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. When the body is well rested, you’ll naturally produce more hormones, which helps keep skin more elastic and less likely to wrinkle.
3. Sleep on your back. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), sleeping in certain positions can cause “sleep lines.” Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping facedown gives you a furrowed brow. The AAD says sleeping on your back may help reduce wrinkle formation.
4. Eat more fish. Salmon and other cold-water fish are great sources of protein, one of the building blocks of great skin. Fish also provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. This substance helps nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, which can also help to reduce wrinkles.
5. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Natural plant foods are loaded with antioxidants to fight cell-damaging free radicals. A diet rich in antioxidants helps your skin look younger and more radiant.
6. Use moisturizer. Moist skin simply looks better, so lines and creases become less noticeable. Many products today are loaded with vitamins, minerals and proteins to help boost and brighten the skin.
7. Don’t over-wash your face. Tap water can strip skin of its natural oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash the skin too often, and you wash away the natural protection. Opt for moisturizing wipes or other cleansing products.
8. Stop squinting. According to the AAD, any repetitive facial movement, like squinting, may overwork your facial muscles. This repetition may form grooves beneath the surface of your skin. This groove eventually becomes a wrinkle. To avoid squinting, make sure your eyeglasses are the correct prescription and use coverage like sunglasses or a visor when out in the sun.