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4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)

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. 

1. Squinting

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.

2. Stress

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.

3. Sugar

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.

 

Your New Years Resolution- Firm Up Your Skin

Pain, no gain does not apply here! Leave it to your Facialist to do the work out on your face while you just lay there in a blissful state, being slathered with potions and lotions.  After an hour or so of glory, you arise from the bed with firmer, smoother, younger looking skin!

No you are not dreaming, this is really what happens when you get a Facial, well at least it should happen, so long as you chose the right Facialist! But just like Cinderella, that blissful hour of beauty and youthfulness will fade away right before your eyes, unless you find a away to maintain it.

There are many ways to firm up your skin and keep it looking young and youthful. Keeping up with your skin can get pricey! As your New Years resolution lets focus on caring for your skin in a practical way and find natural solutions to maintain your skin and keep it looking firm and youthful at any age!

FACIALS are important! The added exfoliation and stimulation you get from a facial should instantly leave your skin looking firmer and smoother. But the results are short lived unless you maintain your skin at home with the right products and regime to follow.

Great add- ons to a Facial that do firm your skin without the big price tag, but there is one catch, they are temporary. The long term results comes from using these devices at home regularly. 

  • LED Red Light will calm the skin, and stimulate collagen production, regenerating the skin. Great, non-invasive way to deal with fine lines, uneven skin tone, and build collagen.
  • Nuface Microcurrent works on the muscles and instantly firms up the skin.

About Peels; not all peels are the same. Peels do not have to be an unpleasant experience. Milder peels that have no downtime can still be effective on the skin and actually better for the skin in the long run. If you want dramatic results, quickly then a stronger peel may be necessary. Fortunately, with newer technology, peels have become a much more relaxing experience, safer and less downtime than traditional peels. Its also cheaper cost than laser procedures or plastic surgery with longer results than injectables.

Products! I know getting products can get pricey but is it not worth it. We are talking about your skin, an organ that has many functions both internally and externally. Our skin is alive and breathes. Caring for your skin is no different than caring for your body or caring for your teeth. It is important as our skin is a reflection of our over all health. The great part about caring for our skin is it all feels good! So don't skimp on products. You don't need a lot of products, you just need the right products for long term results. 

A few important products that really help firm and have long term results, Serums.

  • Eminence Acai Firm Skin Serum is full of potent antioxidants and natural firming ingredients. It can be used on your face and eye area. This is not a superficial serum. I have personally seen the results!
  • C & E Kale and Citrus Serum not only stimulates collagen, but lightens, brightens and firms your skin. A potent concoction like nothing else I've seen on the market. This really is an organic, age-defying cocktail for your skin!
  • Facial Recovery Oil Is a soothing, hydrating, anti-wrinkle oil. Its scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles. Its healing properties are good for acne, scars, wrinkles and sensitive skins. Its a miraculous, Biodynamic oil that no one should be with out!
  • Epigran Serum uses Wheat germ (Epigran) which contains Vit A & E to reduces wrinkles. This serum oxygenates and regenerates the skin leaving a nice glow.
  • Neroli Eye Serum is not like any other serum you've put around your eyes. It can even go on your delicate eye lids. Its collagen building and firming!

Even better is that all of these products can be combined and used together. They are concentrated so only a few drops are needed and penetrate the skin deeply. Your skin will soak it up and will feel hydrated, and look firmer instantly, yet the results are long term.

Lastly, drink lots of water, pure water. Limit alcohol and coffee. Eat your nuts and berries. Learn to love leafy greens and avocados. Make friends with your Facialist, and visit often. Use Organic skin care products, especially serums religiously and have a Happy, Healthly, and Youthful New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn to love your leafy greens and avocados and Have a Happy, Healthy, Youthful looking New Year!

Learn to love your leafy greens and avocados and Have a Happy, Healthy, Youthful looking New Year!