When it comes to aging and the visible signs most of us want to avoid or overcome, wrinkles usually top the list. In particular, facial wrinkles, which are the most telling of age and the ones we want to keep at bay.
There are some major common causes of wrinkles you are probably already aware of – the sun’s UV rays, smoking, alcohol and the fact that our bodies are simply getting older.
However, there are other factors not so commonly discussed that may also be contributing to your increase in ‘facial lines’. While these are not considered to have a macro effect like the major causes mentioned above, they are still worth knowing about.
Below is a list of some simple ways to prevent wrinkles by minimising the impact of these less commonly known causes of wrinkles. None of them are difficult so try them out and see if they make a difference to your appearance.
Swap Sides During The Night
Research has shown that sleeping on one side the entire night can cause creases on your skin to develop. This is because as you crunch your skin against the bed linen, creases may develop on your chest, chins and cheeks.
Unfortunately, as you get older, your skin will no longer be capable of smoothing out or springing back as quickly as when you were still young. No matter how difficult, try to minimize the habit of sleeping on only one side as much as possible.
I know personally that this is a tough one – I’ve always tended to sleep on my left side more.
Another option is to use silk bed linen and pillowcases. These reduce the friction on your skin and as a result, creasing will be minimized.
Be Aware Of Repeated Facial Expressions
If you have the habit of frowning or squinting whenever you are trying to express yourself then chances are there are already several grooves forming beneath the surface of your skin.
Gradually, these grooves will become wrinkles – although you will probably pass them off as laugh lines, frown lines or forehead folds.
If you do have a habit of repeating a facial expression, it is certainly hard to break. Try to be aware of the expression and move your face a different way or give it a few good ‘stretches’ during the day.
Cover Up On Long Drives
It is a common fallacy that being inside the car totally spares you from the harmful rays of the sun. However, if you drive or stay inside the car for long hours you are definitely still a moving target of the sun’s UV rays.
This is particularly the case if you are heading in one direction and the sun is belting through the window on a similar angle for several hours.
To prevent this affecting your skin, apply sunscreen regularly when travelling for any length of time in the car.
Also, wear sunglasses to prevent squinting (another wrinkle maker) and don’t forget your hands! They are often in the sun the most while driving so cover them up too.
Eat A Balanced Diet
The impact of diet on aging is now well recognized and while it is better to have had a lifelong healthy diet, it is never too late to change. More wholefoods, fresh fruit and vegetables along with less meat is ideal.
While the over-consumption of meat can be bad for your health, the real problem is if meat is eaten to the exclusion of other necessary food groups, especially fruit and vegetables.
When it comes to fighting wrinkles, we often tend to forget about the importance of eating plant-based foods which are loaded with anti-oxidants that fight against premature signs of aging.
Meat can have benefits to the body’s overall health but avoiding those greens and other colored vegetables can speed up age-related symptoms so skin wrinkles will appear sooner than they should.
A great way to combat these wrinkles is to load up your plate with fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables. Remember that you need to be beautiful inside and out!
Only Wash Your Face Once A Day
Cleanliness might be a virtue, but habitually washing too much can have a negative effect on the health of your skin. Over washing your face can deplete its natural moisturizers resulting in dry skin that is susceptible to wrinkle formations.
Some soaps and cleansers contain ingredients which are harsh to the skin, especially if not quickly rinsed off. One of the most natural ways to prevent wrinkles is to use natural skincare products that are milder, contain nourishing ingredients and won’t strip your skin.
These are just a few simple ways to prevent wrinkles that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Overall, your skin will be healthier, less stressed and as a result, look younger so do give them a try.