As women grow older, their top skin care concerns often involve how to prevent wrinkles and age spots. Until Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth is finally discovered, it’s up to us to find the best ways to reduce the appearance of these unsightly face blemishes. While there may be hundreds and thousands of skin care products on the market that promise to smooth out fine lines and reduce the appearance of age spots, sometimes the best remedies are those that can be achieved by making a few healthy lifestyle changes.
Are you interested in learning how to reduce wrinkles and age spots through a healthier lifestyle? Check out the top 10 ways to reduce the occurrence of these skin blemishes, and enjoy a more youthful-looking appearance as you continue to age.
1. Eat more fresh produce
The majority of fruits and vegetables contain a number of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that naturally improve the appearance of your skin. In fact, research conducted at the Berlin Charite Hospital found that those who had fewer wrinkles and a youthful-looking appearance consumed more fresh fruits and vegetables than their counterparts.
2. Stop over-washing your face
While this tip may seem counterproductive, washing your face too often will actually strip your skin of its natural, essential oils, and result in dryness and irritation. Over time, your skin can begin to look older and dull. Wash your face once in the morning, and once at night, and after any activity that results in dirt and oil buildup, such as exercise.
3. Get more sleep
Beauty sleep is not to be taken lightly; at night while you sleep, your body naturally recovers from the day, and works on renewing your skin overnight. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will miss out on the time it needs to repair itself. Plus, if you usually apply nighttime moisturizer, getting the amount of sleep you need will allow your skin to thoroughly absorb and process the healing properties of the moisturizer.
4. Engage in face yoga
“Face yoga” is a relatively new anti-aging trend in which you can work on relieving tension in your face through a series of facial exercises. While you may not realize it, you can sometimes carry tension and stress in your face, which can result in an older, worn-out appearance. Look online for yoga face exercises you can do, or talk to your yoga instructor about face yoga exercises they can demonstrate for you.
5. Consume more fish
Just as with fresh fruits and vegetables, fish contains a number of antioxidants along with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help improve the appearance of your skin. Consume more tuna, mackerel, and salmon throughout the week as much as possible to reduce wrinkles and age spots, and to improve your overall health as well.
6. Stop smoking immediately
While it’s a widely publicized fact that smoking is bad for your overall health, smoking also accelerates the aging process of your skin. Smoking causes premature aging and wrinkling, and can even worsen the appearance of your current wrinkles. Stop smoking as soon as possible, and seek help with smoking cessation if you’re having difficulty quitting on your own.
7. Moisturize daily
Moisturizer is just as important during the dry, cold winter as it is during the hot, scorching summer months. Plus, as you age, your skin will naturally dry out and possibly result in the development of more wrinkles. Moisturize your skin at least once per day to help keep your skin hydrated, soften fine lines, and to protect against future wrinkles.
8. Drink more water
Water is associated with numerous health benefits, and is crucial to keeping your skin hydrated, plump, and smooth. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day to help your skin look more radiant and youthful, while eliminating occurrences of dryness, roughness, and fine lines. Start carrying bottled water with you throughout the day, and swap out sugary sodas, coffee, and energy drinks for water.
9. Protect your skin in the sun
Individuals who spend too much time in the sun without skin protection will often look much older than they really are. Sun exposure is healthy and provides you with vitamin D, but lack of skin protection can have devastating consequences, may eventually lead to the development of skin cancer. Prevent wrinkles and age spots by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 so you can enjoy the sun without allowing your skin to suffer.
10. Use products that contain alpha hydroxy acid
Alpha hydroxy acid is an all-natural compound that results in a healthier skin tone and naturally protects against wrinkles and age spots. Alpha hydroxy acid is found in papayas, lemons, and limes, and in many skin care products. Before you go to bed at night, gently rub the inside of a lemon, lime, or papaya peel over your skin to remove dead skin cells.
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