Consumers spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year on anti-aging skin care products, spa treatments and surgical procedures to prevent or reduce wrinkles. Inevitable with age, wrinkles can be kept to a minimum but only to a certain point. The following is a list of the causes and contributing factors of the development of wrinkles. If you wish to avoid premature aging on your face, follow these guidelines and you may be less likely to experience wrinkles.
Don’t spend unessessary time in the sun. This is the easiest way to develop wrinkles. Wear sunblock during the summer with an SPF lotion of at least 30, preferably waterproof. Re-apply every two hours. Do not use tan beds. They are just as unsafe, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as they usually contain UVA-producing bulbs. Overexposure to Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays contain radiation that destroys skin’s pigmentation, according to AAD.
Don’t smoke or subject yourself to second hand smoke. This is a guaranteed way to develop wrinkles, especially around the mouth. Smoking is the second most common cause of premature wrinkles after sun exposure. Smoking damages the skin’s proteins – collagen and elastin – by causing damage to blood vessels in the face.
Drink at least eight 12 ounce glasses of water per day to help keep skin healthy, supple and hydrated. Not consuming enough water will increase you chance of developing wrinkles. Drink more water on days you exercise, especially in the heat. For every alcoholic or caffeinated beverage you consume, drink an additional 12 ounce glass of water.
Start using an eye cream. Wrinkles often first appear below the eyes and on the outside corners of your eyes (also known as crows feet). Apply eye cream in the morning and at night after washing your face. Apply it with the tips of your index finger, as this is the least rough part of the hand and is well suited for delicate skin around the eyes.
Use face cream religiously to help prevent and reduce wrinkles. Look for labels that say “anti-aging” and or anti-wrinkle.” Use face creams at night as they may be too oily to wear under makeup during the day. Concentrate on on applying cream to areas of the face which are prone to wrinkles – the forehead, neck and around the mouth (where the notorious “laugh lines” develop).