6 Ways To Prevent Wrinkles

Ideas to help slow the progression of wrinkles.

We will probably not look as young as we did in our 20s without a LOT of plastic surgery or really amazingly good genes. However, we all want to do as much as we can to slow down the progression of age, and the wrinkles that come with it. Here are some ideas to help minimize the wrinkles and keep them from winning the constant battle against the aging process. There is no fountain of youth, but surprisingly, there are things that we can do to help us look as young as possible for as long as possible. These things are not hard to incorporate into our daily lives, and they just might help you feel better in other ways, too.

First of all, stop smoking. We all know by now that smoking is not good for us. It affects the body in hundreds of ways. It also contributes to premature aging, wrinkling and generally looking unhealthy. Smokers age faster than the rest of us, so do yourself and everyone around you a favor and quit. There are many different programs and products available these days to stop this horrible habit.

Get some sleep. Research indicates that people who routinely sleep seven hours a night are healthier. Getting less sleep than that on a regular basis puts tress on our bodies and minds. We forget things, we can't concentrate at work and we have no energy for our families or ourselves. For adults getting a lot more sleep than that, say 10-12 hours a might, this much sleep contributes to weight gain. And if that isn't a good enough reason to sleep about seven hours a night, I don't know what is. Trying to sleep on your back is also important, because sleeping on your stomach or side tends to cut down on circulation and leads to wrinkles.

Use sunscreen all the time, every day, no matter what. It does not matter what the season is, or what the weather is like, or if you will only be out for a few minutes. Getting sun equals getting wrinkles. Obviously, we need some sun to get our vitamin D, but wearing sunscreen won't inhibit the body's absorption of it. Today's sunscreen is no longer the greasy stuff we had when we were kids. Women can find it in moisturizers and makeup. Other choices include spray on sunscreen, lovely fake tans with sunscreen and about a hundred other choices. There is one to suit everybody, so there is no excuse for not using it. Another tip is to take hats for yourself and every member of your family to all outdoor events and use them.

Hydrate and moisturize. Hydrate your skin both inside and out. Hydrated skin is plump, and does not show wrinkles. It gives the skin a dewy look that we all had naturally when we were very young. Young skin has elasticity, which decreases naturally as we age.The best way to restore elasticity to the skin is to drink plenty of water, and use lotion or other moisturizer daily. Drink when you are thirsty. Bring a bottle of water everywhere you go. Keep a glass of ice water on your desk. You will be able to get the "magic" eight glassed of water in no time without really giving it much thought. Also, once a day, preferable after a shower, slather yourself all over with lotion. It does not matter what kind. Lotion simply helps the body keep moisture inside. We all lose a lot of water every day through normal activity, so it is necessary to replenish it.

Try to eat a more healthy diet. It doesn't have to be the latest fad, but it does have to be healthy. Discover new fruits and vegetables you've never tried before. Eat nuts, use olive oil and splurge on avocados and olives. They are all good for the body. Don't give up all the things you love, just cut down. Eat less red meat, drink less soda pop and pass on pastries if you can. Eating a healthy diet helps the body deal with ultraviolet radiation and pollution, which both contribute to the aging of skin. Some experts recommend taking a multivitamin as well. Give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep you looking good from the inside out. .

Last of all, get more exercise. If you tend to be sedentary, get SOME exercise. Any exercise is better than no exercise. Exercise is the best age fighter of all. People who exercise tend to have less health problems, look better and feel better about themselves. Aging is a part of our mind and body. If we feel good about ourselves, it will show on our faces. Some research shows that unhappy, unhealthy people often show more wrinkles earlier than their happier, healthier counterparts. Exercise has been shown to improve attitude. So look the way you feel and feel the way you look. It's up to you. We can't stop aging, but we can slow it down a bit.

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