Wrinkles may look cute on babies and certain dog breeds, but as you grow older, wrinkles can tend to make you look and feel older than you really are. While you may not be able to turn back the clock, there are steps you can take to minimize and reduce the appearance of your wrinkles naturally by practicing a series of healthy lifestyle habits.
Here are seven healthy ways you can attempt to reduce wrinkles using natural methods.
1. Stop smoking
Smoking cigarettes and tobacco products can lead to the narrowing of the blood vessels in your skin and impair blood flow. As a result, your skin becomes deprived of oxygen and nutrients such as vitamin A. Stop smoking as soon as possible, or consult with your health care provider about smoking cessation methods that can help you kick your habit for good.
2. Drink plenty of water
Water can help keep your skin hydrated, and plays a vital role in your overall appearance in regards to maintaining a smooth, younger, and plumper look. Plus, water helps flush toxins and waste from your body that could otherwise be enhancing the appearance of your wrinkles.
3. Consume plenty of antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that can help remove damaging free radicals and oxidizing agents from your body. Most natural, whole foods are rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, honey, and most teas. Combat wrinkles by consuming a higher amount of foods such as blueberries, kale, spinach, walnuts, cranberries, beans, prunes, and other healthy, whole foods rich in antioxidants.
4. Start using non-toxic moisturizing products
Many types of skin care brands add certain chemicals and dyes to their anti-wrinkle beauty products, which can actually boost the toxicity level in your body and promote further wrinkling. Start using non-toxic moisturizers such as coconut oil, vitamin E, argan oil, and hemp oil. Or, make an appointment with an aesthetician who can recommend other natural treatments that help reduce wrinkles. For instance, Neocutis Bio-Serum with PSP contains growth factors and other formulas that can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
5. Up your intake of healthy fats
Foods such as avocado, salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, and almonds are examples of foods that are high in healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These types of healthy fats can help add elasticity to your skin and make it more resistant to damage from free radicals.
6. Wear sunscreen daily
Regular exposure to the sun can increase your risk for wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, and even skin cancer. Apply sunscreen to exposed parts of your body every day, and use sunscreen products such as Colorescience Sunforgettable Face Primer SPF 30 or EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47, both of which can help protect your skin from the sun while also providing anti-wrinkle benefits.
7. Get more sleep
While you sleep, your body produces human growth hormone (HGH), which is a natural hormone that helps induce skin cell reproduction. When you fail to get the needed amount of sleep, your body produces higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can often produce dry skin and promotes the development of wrinkles. Aim to get at least eight hours of sleep per night to boost your body’s HGH production.
Are you looking for a new, effective way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about how to achieve beautiful skin.