There’s an old saying that wrinkles come with the blessing of a long life. However, many of us prefer to keep “character lines” at bay.
As we get older, we lose the collagen and elastin which gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. As a result, our skin becomes looser, weaker, and less elastic. The fat layer under the skin becomes thinner – and as the skin sags, we get wrinkles.
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“I prefer to think of wrinkles as a badge of wisdom,” says Dr. Ellen Kamhi, author of The Natural Medicine Chest. “But if you would like to slow them down, there are ways to keep your skin more youthful looking from the inside out,” she tells Newsmax Health.
Kenneth Beer, M.D., a nationally known Palm Beach, Fla., dermatologist, recommends the use of antioxidant creams to minimize wrinkles.
Here are their top five ways to prevent wrinkles:
1. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is paramount to keeping your skin smooth and to removing toxins that cause wrinkles. Although, the oft-cited advice is that a person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses (2 quarts) of water a day, the latest thinking is that we need much more hydration than that. Men should drink about 3 quarts of fluids a day, while women should get about 2 quarts.
2. Eat healthy fats. We all know that eating omega-3 fatty acids found in wild fish and nuts is good for cardiovascular health, but it’s also an excellent way to keep your skin cells plumped and smooth.
3. Avoid the sun. Experts say that sun damage accounts for 95 percent of our wrinkles. Use SPF 30 or more when outdoors or wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.
4. Use the right skin care products. Religious use of premier products that include tretinoin (Retin A or Tazorac) or other antioxidants can help reverse wrinkles, reduce fine lines, and reduce uneven pigmentation and spottiness. Dr. Beer recommends skin care formulations that contain vitamin C, which has been scientifically proven to help prevent photo-aging and other forms of sun damage.
5. Try light chemical peels. Dr. Beer recommends Theraplex salicylic acid facial peels to renew new skin cell growth. This is a mild chemical peel that reduces fine lines and wrinkles without any post-procedure downtime. However, Theraplex must be administered by a skin care professional. You can buy at-home facial peel products at pharmacies and beauty supply distributors. Many of these contain alpha-hydroxy acids. Use caution: Test the product on a small area before applying it to your entire face to make sure it doesn’t cause blistering, burning, or extreme redness.
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