With age comes wisdom, but unfortunately, age can also bring wrinkles to the skin on your face, neck, hands, and arms. Wrinkles can make you look older than you are – or older than you feel.
Although wrinkles are a normal part of aging, you do have some leverage when it comes to preventing these unwanted skin changes from occurring prematurely. In fact, by adopting the following five habits, you can protect your skin from pesky wrinkles.
The team of care providers at Associates in Women’s Health in Cincinnati want to help you keep your skin healthy and young-looking. Read on to learn about the wrinkle-preventing habits we recommend.
Habit #1: Don’t smoke
You know that smoking is dangerous for your lungs and heart. Did you know that it’s also treacherous for your skin? Smoking accelerates your skin’s aging process, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and other age-related skin imperfections.
Blame it on the more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, which can harm compounds in your skin such as elastin and collagen. Damage to these compounds can cause skin to sag and wrinkle. What’s more, smoking interferes with blood flow to your skin, which can limit the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells.
For advice, tools, and tips on smoking cessation, check out the National Cancer Institute’s helpful program, SmokeFree.gov. And be sure to tell your provider if you need help quitting.
Habit #2: Wear sunscreen
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can be hard on your skin. Radiation from the sun hastens your skin’s aging process and contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin cells that help keep skin firm and smooth.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above, and applying it every two hours or more often if you go in water.
Habit #3: Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables can help keep your skin healthy. Many of the nutrients in foods, including antioxidants, can help protect cells throughout your body, including skin cells. Some of the best sources of antioxidants include bright-colored produce such as berries, carrots, and dark green leafy vegetables.
Habit #4: Exercise regularly
Exercise improves blood flow, which helps your body efficiently deliver nutrients and oxygen to skin cells. Circulating blood also plays a role in removing toxins from cells. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
Habit #5: Relax
Facial expressions can contribute to wrinkles, especially on your forehead, between your eyes, and around your mouth. Relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga can help you relax and can reduce the impact of chronic stress on your body and skin.
Laser treatment for wrinkles
If wrinkles are making you look older than you feel, simple in-office treatments can minimize their appearance. Here at Associates in Women’s Health, we offer ClearLift™ laser skin resurfacing, a revolutionary skin treatment for wrinkles, lines, age spots, and redness. ClearLift uses laser technology to refresh your skin and give it a younger appearance.
To schedule a consultation for ClearLift or other aesthetics services, call our office at 513-794-1500, or request an appointment today.