4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)
Aging. It happens to all of us, but as we age, we all want to do so gracefully. Even if you take excellent care of your skin, there are still sneaky little culprits that can speed the aging process, causing an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
To help you age as beautifully as possible, we’re revealing 4 common causes for wrinkles (a.k.a the “4 Sneaky “S’s”) and what you can do to avoid them.
This one might seem obvious but you probably catch yourself squinting those peepers more often than you think. Every time you forget your sunglasses or squint at the computer screen, you’re increasing the likelihood of crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eye area. And the more repetitive the facial expressions, the deeper the wrinkles over time. But don’t panic, your squinting won’t cause crow’s feet overnight, there are a number of things you can do to avoid fine lines around the eye area.
Using a good eye serum and eye cream day and night, wearing sunglasses with good UVA/UVB protection and using good quality, organic eye make up remover/ cleanser is important to prevent lines and wrinkles. Make sure to be conscientious of when you squint so when you catch your self squinting you will stop.
Tip: As a quick fix people are getting Botox. The problem is that Botox is superficial and requires a 3 month maintenance. It doesn't stop long term lines. You must continue to use it if you don't want to see the line. Long term research is limited; use it because you really can't stand that line on your face. Continue to care for your skin using a good serum and an SPF moisturize when getting sun exposure. That way when the Botox wears off your lines will hopefully not get worse.
A cheaper fix: Using Botox temporarily may help some stop using the muscle in the area which can help in preventing them from squinting and increasing the depth of a line. You could try getting Botox a couple of times, use the right products, then go off Botox and continue to be conscientious of when you squint; continue with a good skin care routine to maintain and prevent further wrinkles and lines.
Not only can stress cause strain on your heart and immune system, it can also wreak havoc on your complexion. Researchers found that “people with the most work-related stress had the shortest telomeres, causing cells to die or become damaged, which may speed up the aging process”
The good news about stress-related aging is that it can be averted. Healthy habits like exercise, meditation and a nutritious diet, can help ease stress and premature signs of aging. Aromatherapy is another safe and effective way to reduce stress. “Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression. Aromatheraphy products contain essential oils. Good quality, pure essential oils are therapeutic grade, therefore helping with everything from health to aging and stress.
Sugar is not only bad for you but it also ages your skin. This scary process is called glycation where sugar bonds with proteins in your body. These sugar-bonded proteins produce free radicals which destroy your collagen and elastin, the building blocks that keep your skin strong and supple. A diet and skin care routine rich in antioxidants like vitamin C will reduce free radical damage to the skin and body.
4. Soaps & Sulfates
If you’re using harsh soaps or cleansers that contain sulfates, you may want to rethink your skin care routine. “Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh emulsifier that is found in body washes, facial cleansers, and soap; it rids the skin of dirt and oil while breaking down precious lipids, the glue that binds skin cells together." Most drug store and cosmetic counter cleansers use Sodium lauryl sulfate as well as synthetics and chemicals that in the long run damage your skin causing redness, dryness and wrinkles.
Tip: Don't under estimate your cleanser. I good cleanser is vital to starting your morning and evening skin care routine.