Skin Health

Wrinkle Prevention: Naturally

Wrinkle prevention is a hot topic and will continue to be a hot topic until the end of time. Wrinkles are a natural part of life. I wish I laughed less, said no one ever. Laugh lines show you likely laughed until you cried a few times. Forehead wrinkles show you have a perceptive nature. The crinkling around your eyes shows you were thoughtful. You can prevent wrinkles with tips, key ingredients, and a consistent skincare routine. I wish the catchphrase was pro-age, not anti-aging.

What Causes Wrinkles 

Two things cause wrinkles; internal and external factors. Internal factors; think DNA (genes). External factors, such as the weather, smoking, using straws, and diet, can influence health. We cannot change our genes, but we can control external factors.

As we age, our skin naturally loses its ability to bounce back. This is due to the loss of collagen (more on this below) and water within your skin cells.  Drier, thinner skin prevails increasing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Wrinkle Prevention Tips

Wear Sunscreen

Photo: Pinterest. The amount of sunscreen you should be using for your face, neck, and ears. I use 3 fingers.

Skin is skin and the sun does not discriminate.  Your skin tone does not negate the need for sunscreen. Look for SPF 30 and up, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The sun’s rays are powerful and increase the rate of cellular breakdown within your skin. UVA is directly related to aging, while UVB is the ray that causes skin to burn. Consider reapplying your sunscreen every 2 hours when out enjoying the sun.

If you’re not interested in this step, wrinkle prevention and healthy glowing skin are the least of your concerns. See this article for all the details on sun protection.

Stay Hydrated

If ever there was a compelling visual to stay hydrated, think of a grape drying out and getting wrinkly.  This happens to our skin when we don’t drink enough water. Hydration helps the skin retain moisture, preventing it from becoming dry and flaky.  Like wearing sunscreen, the rest of the tips will not apply if you’re not staying hydrated. Well-hydrated skin is plump and supple. Adequate hydration can minimize the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines, giving the skin a smoother and more youthful look.

Repetitive Facial Movements and eliminating Straws

One of the culprits in wrinkle formation is repetitive facial movements and expressions. For example, furrowing your brow, pouting your lips together, smoking, and yes, using straws are repetitive facial motions that create muscle memory, which leads to wrinkles. 

Photo: Pinterest. Get a water bottle with no straw to keep the muscles around your mouth nice and relaxed while drinking.

Think of reducing repetitive facial expressions that are not necessary—for example, furrowing your brow when in deep thought or squinting your eyes to see something. I guarantee you that squinting is not going to help, wear your glasses.  I compare being aware of your facial expressions to self-correcting your posture. If you are not cognisant of slouching, you will eventually cause a curve in your spine and most certainly will get back pain. Did you sit up straighter!?

PSA: Please eliminate the use of straws. They do more harm than good on so many levels. Check out this Instagram reel for a good laugh on this. It is far better to drink from the glass and keep the muscles around your mouth in a natural state.

Drinking from a straw causes you to purse your lips repeatedly. This is a repetitive muscle movement that is not necessary and easily corrected. The result of long-term drinking from a straw, are lines on and around your lips aka smoker lines. 

Stop Smoking 

If you are a smoker and you are concerned about wrinkle prevention, consider ways to stop or at least minimize how often you smoke. Smoke starves your cells and internal organs of vital nutrients needed to thrive. Smoking also dehydrates your skin. The repetitive pursing of the lips to draw from the cigarette, or while vaping, causes smoker lines aka lines around the lips as mentioned above. 

We only have this one body that gets us through this life. What you do today directly impacts how your body and skin will age. The signs of aging can start to show as early as your late 20s or early 30’s depending on genes, life stressors, and how well you nourished your body in the years prior. 

Retinoids and other skincare ingredients you need

Retinoids are simply skincare magic! They do it all. Originally formulated for acne treatment, it was found that retinoids are pretty good at wrinkle prevention as well. Retinoids stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is an amazing protein your skin needs to maintain its structure and elasticity; its bounce so to speak. As we age, collagen stores are reduced. 

Increased collagen production helps diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles and gives the skin a smooth, firm appearance. The world of retinoids is quite vast. Click here for guidance on choosing a retinoid that works for you and how best to use it.

Collagen and Wrinkle Prevention 

Photo: Amazon. This is an easy-to-dissolve powder with minimal to no taste.

Ingesting collagen has been shown to help in the increased production of collagen. Research published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2014) found that collagen peptide supplements significantly reduced wrinkle formation after regular intake over a few months. They also led to an overall improvement in skin texture.

I have been taking Organika Enhanced Beauty Pure Collagen for the last few months and my eyelashes have grown! This was a personal marker for me as my eyelashes no longer grow to the point where I would notice.

There are a ton of collagen peptide powders and supplements out there. The one criterion for better collagen peptide absorption by our bodies is that it is hydrolyzed. 

A Consistent Skincare Routine + Wrinkle-fighting Ingredients 

By 30, you should have a basic skincare routine that involves more than face wash and moisturizer. Your skin will thank you for this later, trust me! A basic skincare routine will take you places. All you need is a gentle cleanser, one serum that targets a skin concern, a solid PM moisturizer, and sunscreen SPF 30 and over in the day.

Now that we have passed the skincare basics, we will elevate our skincare routine to include wrinkle-preventing powers. Some ingredients you might want to consider in your routine are;

Photo: Pinterest. Glow Recipes Watermelon Glow, Niacinamide Dew Drops, absorb into the skin beautifully. Great for all skin types.
  • Peptides
  • Ceramides
  • Antioxidants – neutralize free radicals and support collagen
    • Vitamin C
    • Niacinamide
    • CoEnzyme Q10
  • Retinoids (mentioned above)
  • Epidermal Growth factors (EGF) – a protein that stimulates cell growth and helps repair damaged skin

These ingredients are absolute powerhouses in the wrinkle-prevention game. They should be incorporated into your routine in a serum, which is the most concentrated form of a skincare ingredient. They are also often incorporated in moisturizers. For more information on ingredients wrinkle prevention properties click here.

Conclusion 

I hope this information on wrinkle prevention has given you a decent starting point in taking the next steps in your skincare journey. You can implement these tips or take steps slowly, one or two steps at a time to build consistency. I encourage you to share this information with a friend.

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It was lovely meeting you here. Until next time!

Shan,

Your Skin & Beauty Nurse

Just a nurse obsessed with skincare! By day, I'm a Public Health Nurse by night I'm a skincare obsessed mom of 3 littles, a wife and lover of all things coconut!

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