8 Easy Fixes That Fight Off Wrinkles
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8 Easy Fixes That Fight Off Wrinkles
By Jennifer Benjamin
Lines have a way of sneaking up on you — a glance in the mirror in the right (or wrong) light can suddenly expose a roadmap you didn't know existed. But you don't have to go into Beverly Hills housewife territory with fillers or Botox to have dramatic impact on the signs of aging.
"The reality is that even the best products only work at undoing damage, so it is much more effective to prevent the damage in the first place — with a healthy lifestyle and a consistent skin care routine that keeps your skin hydrated, nourished, and protected," says Francesca Fusco, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai school of medicine, in New York City. Here, learn top skin care professionals' everyday secrets to fighting off the signs of aging.
Drop the Dead Weight
The fastest way to reveal younger, smoother skin is to get rid of the dead, dry cells that accumulate on the surface. "Exfoliation is one of my secret weapons to having great skin because it makes a huge difference in how skin looks and feels," says Joanna Vargas, a celebrity facialist and the founder of Joanna Vargas Skincare, a salon in New York City and a line of products. "I think of it as creating a perfect canvas for your products — if you don't exfoliate, those anti-aging products won't be able to penetrate and do their job."
Vargas recommends cleansing twice a week with a gentle scrub that contains microbeads, and using soft, circular motions. Don't forget to exfoliate your lips with the scrub or a wet washcloth to prevent tiny lines around your mouth.
Use a Light Touch
Because you're applying moisturizer every day (you are, right?), beware of how roughly you treat your skin — the wear and tear adds up. Certain areas of your face are more delicate than others and require that you use different techniques to blend in your products so you don't tug or stretch the skin.
"When applying moisturizer to your forehead and cheeks, for example, you want to start in the middle and blend outward and upward, using all four fingers," says Judit Galambosi, lead therapist at Erno Laszlo's Institute in New York City. "For the eye area, gently pat from the inside to the outside using your ring finger, which applies the least amount of pressure." Around the lips, work outward and downward, again using a light, fingertip touch.
When it comes to washing your face, resist rinsing with hot water, which can dehydrate skin and make wrinkles appear more noticeable. "Hot water washes away the skin's protective oils, leaving it dry, itchy, and tight," explains Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist and the director of 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center, in New York City. "Switch to lukewarm water instead. The lower temperature helps keep the stratum corneum [the outermost layer of skin cells] and sebum from rinsing away."
Also, stash your eye creams and serums in the refrigerator. Says Dr. Frank, "Not only will it help the product last longer, but the coldness of the cream will reduce puffiness and act as an anti-inflammatory."
Add Color to Your Diet
What you eat can keep your skin looking young. The trick is choosing a rainbow variety of foods. "Colorful fruits and vegetables are natural sources of antioxidants, which fight the damage caused by free radicals," says Galambosi. "You'll also want to consume plenty of healthy fats, especially foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like nuts, avocados, and eggs."
You are what you drink as well: Try to down at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated so your skin will stay healthy and function at its best. And feel free to indulge in a glass of red wine on occasion — it's packed with polyphenols and antioxidants that are great for your skin.
Treat While You Sleep
"At night, your body is able to heal itself from the inside out, free from environmental factors like sun, wind, and pollution," explains Frank. "You don't have to worry about makeup or sunscreen either, so you can use creams with a thicker texture that provide deeper hydration and can lessen the appearance of wrinkles."
Frank also recommends looking for products that contain anti-aging ingredients, like retinols and glycolic or fruit acids, that will encourage cell turnover overnight, as well as peptides, to boost collagen production.
Go Easy on the Eyes
The delicate skin around the eyes is especially susceptible to wrinkles, so it will benefit from some overnight TLC as well. In general, eye creams tend to contain anti-aging ingredients that are gentler on the skin, or are formulated at milder concentrations. "As with general night creams," recommends Dr. Fusco, "you want to look for eye creams that contain retinoids, peptides, and hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid to plump up lines and wrinkles."
Always Use Protection
Sunscreen isn't just for the beach. You need protection every day because UV damage adds up, even during short trips outside, like the walk from your car to the mall, and leads to wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 daily in the cooler months, and at least SPF 30 in the summer, preferably in a moisturizer that also contains ultra-hydrating ingredients like shea butter and cocoa butter.
In addition, wear sunglasses with protection. "The UV exposure is especially hard on the thin skin around your eyes, so you'll want to shield them from exposure as best you can," says Fusco. "Sunglasses will not only block the rays but prevent you from squinting, which causes fine lines and crow's feet."
Make the Most of Your Beauty Sleep
Yes, it's important to snag 8 to 10 hours of sleep to fight off wrinkles, under-eye bags, and a dull complexion. But just logging those hours isn't enough. How you sleep also matters. Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach, which can increase puffiness in your face and create creases in the skin.
You may also want to switch to silk or very soft cotton pillowcases, which are gentler on the skin and will allow it to breathe during the night.
article reprinted from Everyday Health.com