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Slow down the signs of wrinkles

Getting wrinkles is an inevitable, natural process. Though we can’t stop it, there are plenty of ways to slow down the process of getting wrinkles. As a person gets older, their skin loses elasticity and tautness since there’s reduced levels of collagen. Once a woman is in her late 20s, a woman breaks down collagen faster than she makes it. This process gets faster once she hits her 30s and beyond.

For quick fixes to maintain their appearance and youth, some people choose to have dermal fillers and injectables like Juvederm or Botox. Meanwhile, others prefer to avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking excessively to keep their looks and bodies in good shape. In addition to cutting out certain habits, there are a few more ways someone can halt the signs of wrinkles on a daily basis:

  1. Don’t soak up the sun too much: overexposure to the sun accelerates the aging process. When the skin has signs of wrinkles, blotches, roughness, and loss of skin tone, it’s mostly from severe sun damage. UV rays are known to dry out skin and damage its underlying structure (elastin and collagen) which causes premature sagging, bags and wrinkles.
  2. Use sunscreen year-round. This is key to prevent your skin from additional damage. Apply it on all exposed areas, even behind your ears and neck.
  3. Don’t stretch your skin when applying makeup. This habit can lead to wrinkles, so avoid pulling your eyes when you apply eyeliner.
  4. Drinking alcohol dehydrates the skin. It also negatively impacts vitamin A levels, an important antioxidant for the skin. Vitamin A is also important in the production of collagen, so when there are lower levels of collagen, the skin loses elasticity. Limit your drinking to avoid speeding up the ageing process.
  5. Always remove make-up before bed. The dirt, pollutants and makeup builds up throughout the day and seep into pores, which breaks down collagen and elastin. Skipping out on cleansing your face before bed leads to wrinkles.

Being mindful of alcohol intake and getting into the habit of protecting your skin will pay off as the years roll by. You’ll keep your youthful looks and your skin will appreciate it too.

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Comment by Dr. Stephen Mulholland on September 17, 2016 at 12:47pm

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