Can You Really Prevent Wrinkles Naturally? And Easily?
Yes, you can definitely prevent wrinkles naturally...and easily. What you do in your teens and twenties plays a big part in the condition of your skin well into your 30s and 40 and beyond. In this article we're going to look at nine ways to prevent wrinkles that don't require the use of needles or expensive dermatology visits. In fact, these steps are easy on the pocket book and natural to boot.
I've seen in my own life how easy it is to prevent wrinkles. As a young teenager in the 90s, for whatever reason, I was always interested in anti-aging. I remember reading Vogue and seeing all the fancy creams, thinking to myself, that's the key. I couldn't wait to be able to afford Le Mer and Lancôme.
However, after I got older and actually tried some of those expensive creams (which really didn't work anyway), I realized they are not the magic bullet to preventing wrinkles. Yes, what you put on your face is important. But I've found in my own life of what works for me and observing the bad habits that can result in wrinkles, these simple steps I'm about to share are the key.
I clearly remember when I was about nineteen; I was working as a waitress at a TGI Fridays. I absolutely hated that job (yes, I was Jennifer Aniston from Office Space), but one good thing did come out of it, although I didn't realize it at the time.
One of my managers, a woman probably in her early 40s, one day out of the blue told me to stop frowning and looking angry (most likely from the fact that again, I absolutely hated that job). Needless to say I was a little taken aback by her comment and frankly, annoyed.
Then she told me it will give me wrinkles, pointing to her own where she had deep lines between her brows that made her look perpetually upset. She was a pretty woman, but looked like she lived a life of being let down and disappointed time and time again.
I guess in that moment, that piece of advice got planted in my brain, because I never forgot it. And I often wonder if that random confrontation hadn't happened if I would have deep lines between my brows today. It was an "aha" moment, and I think I always had her words in the back of my mind whenever I felt myself scowling.
Thanks to her, instead of forming a bad habit that I was really not even aware of, I instead created a beneficial daily ritual I still live by, which is being aware of my facial expressions. Ironically, while initially this piece of advice was purely skin-deep, I have to say, it's affected my demeanor and well being too.
That being said, I've learned over the years that there are a number of factors when it comes to preventing wrinkles, which is what we'll go over in the following section. Basically, you'll learn my daily rituals, the ones that I've found that make a big difference.
Let's get started...
9 Easy Ways to Prevent Wrinkles Naturally
Be Consistent About Wearing Sunglasses
This may seem like a no brainer to many of us, but for those of you go out in the sun a lot without sunglasses, beware. All of that squinting adds up over time and by the time you're in your early 30s or even late 20s, the deep lines may begin to show. So, be sure to get a pair of good quality sunglasses (I'm sort of obsessed with this pair) and wear them anytime you're outside. Taking the garbage out in the bright sun? Wear your sunglasses. Going for a walk? Wear your sunglasses. Driving to work? You get the idea...
Be Aware of Your Facial Expressions
Like I mentioned earlier, one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles is to keep yourself from frowning and furrowing your eyebrows. I'm definitely not saying to walk around like an expressionless zombie! That being said, to prevent wrinkles you need be aware of when you keep doing the same expression over and over again.
Now in my book, smiling and laughing are totally allowed so don't even sweat over that (what a weird thing to even say, right?). You may get wrinkles around the eyes from smiling so much and laughing, but I would argue that these are attractive wrinkles that make you look like you've lived a great life.
Frowning, not so much. Furrowing your brow (which causes the big lines between your brow), definitely not. Forehead wrinkles are caused by excessive intense facial expressions (especially if you combine this with sun exposure, smoking and an unhealthy diet). So, if you find yourself doing this over and over again, be aware and train yourself not to.
Just let your face remain calm. And happy. Easy, right? It really is once you get the hang of it.
Remember my manager in the first part of this post and what she told me at age nineteen? I'm telling you this REALLY works. And it costs nothing.
This step is most beneficial for those in their teens and 20s, so for my readers that age, be sure to wear those sunglasses and don't frown!
For my readers who are a bit older (like me!), there's no time like the present to practice this method. And for anyone who has already formed wrinkles in these areas, it will be hard to erase them completely, but you can definitely reduce them by following this and the next steps. I'm also working on an article on how to reduce wrinkles so stay tuned for that.
Daily Self-Facial Massage
I've been doing this for years and I'm convinced that along with the first five steps this has made a difference. It's really the icing on the cake, that extra little step that goes a long way. As far as the type of massage, I say just do what feels good. I'm not a massage therapist, so I technically don't know the correct way to do a facial massage. However, I know what's worked for me. I use a light amount of oil and massage around my eyes in circles. Then I focus on smoothing out my eyebrows and forehead. Do what feels good to you and focus on your problem areas.
Stop Eating Processed Food, Meat and Drinking Soda on a Regular Basis
When you eat food that is not nurturing your body, and are consistently making facial expressions like squinting and furrowing, that combo is a recipe for wrinkle disasters. Why? Because what we put into our bodies is probably the most important thing for good skin. When you put, sorry for my bluntness, crap into your body, you are not giving your body what it needs to repair your skin. Thus your skin gets stale. Not a great word to describe skin, but it's true. It's not receiving the nutrients it needs to stay youthful. Combine that with frowning, it's not wonder our skin doesn't bounce back.
You may think a good skincare cream will make the difference or perhaps even botox, but I'm telling you, in the long run it won't if you keep giving your body food that is essentially damaging your body.
Instead Eat a Ton of Fruits, Veggies, and Fiber
This is how your body repairs itself. Try to get a good amount of raw greens and fruit in your daily diet in addition to cooked food. Fiber is truly a body detoxifier. It flushes out toxins and keeps us regular. Remember good skin is a reflector of good health. So if you're having skin issues, chances are it's a sign there's something wrong inside. If you're not getting enough fiber in your diet and aren't flushing out toxins that build up on the inside, the damage will show up in your skin. I'm telling you!
Drink Lots of Water Throughout the Day
We've heard it all before and yet, this is so hard to do. I would say this is the one thing I have to consistently work on. I carry a refillable water bottle everywhere I go which helps, but sometimes I get carried away with work and forget to drink it as much as I should. The days I do happen to get enough water, I feel much better as a whole and I notice it in my skin, which feels more supple and less dry. So, this is my particular ritual that I try to work on daily.
Wear a Facial Sunscreen Daily
I've been wearing sunscreen since high school, although I shudder to think what the ingredients were in the mid 90s, yikes. Has it made a difference? I definitely think so. But I am a huge proponent in getting a non-toxic sunscreen (personally I love this one from Andalou). Or you can make your own.
I absolutely love the sun and even though I have skin that will tan, I always wear sunscreen on my face because our facial skin is more delicate. And I just want to reiterate how important it is to find a good non-toxic sunscreen. Anything you do in the sun is intensified. That means if you have toxins on your skin and you sit in the sun, they're getting cooked into your skin. Yuck.
Also remember when I talked about the importance of wearing sunglasses and being aware of your facial expressions? This is especially important in the sun. You don't want wrinkles to get baked into your skin.
Use Homemade Facial Masks Regularly
If you haven't read about my experience with using activated charcoal in a facial mask, hurry over there and read up! I'm sort of late in game when it comes to facial masks. I've been pretty happy with my skin, and it was a random experiment that I tried an activated charcoal mask at home (I prefer this brand). All I can say is this mask it is GREAT for anti-aging.
I also recently tried a turmeric facial mask, read more about that here.
Stick with a Clean Natural Beauty Routine
Lastly, I believe a gentle, non-toxic and natural skincare routine is so important for preventing wrinkles in the long run. Stay away from the toxins! When you use skincare products with toxins, that's just one more thing that your body has to work hard at flushing out (if it's even able to). So save your body the trouble, and use clean natural products. Or make your own at home.
One more thing about toxins. When you use toxic products over and over again, they build up in your body, which doesn't allow your body and skin to properly repair itself. So your skin gets stale and wrinkles get formed.
If you're interested in learning more about which products to use and which to stay away from, check out the SkinDeep database and/or sign up for our first Salt and Ritual FREE Clean Beauty Challenge, which starts October 1st. I'll give you the lowdown on how to entirely switch to natural skincare routine within 21 days by either making your own products or buying safe ones. And we'll all be going through the process together!
It's Not Just About The Wrinkles
Trust me, even though we all want to get rid of wrinkles, these steps will also make you a more well-rounded, happy and healthy person.
My aim with this article is to make you aware of the habits you may be doing on a daily basis that is causing you to form wrinkles. If you're young and haven't formed any wrinkles yet, lucky you! Take this guide and live by it. For the rest of us that are older (my hand is raised too!), it's not too late. If you have wrinkles, following these steps will probably not erase them completely, but I do believe it will help soothe them and make you look much more vibrant, happy and beautiful.
Although the rituals in this post really do work, I also think important to not to go overboard with trying to look completely wrinkle-less. There's no way to get around having wrinkles when we're older. Even if you do all of these steps, eventually you will get wrinkles.
But I would argue they will be fine lines instead of deep creases. You will look like the best version of what you should for your age and in my opinion, that is what is most beautiful!
I say, do what you can naturally in your daily life to prevent them. You'd be surprised how easy it is to prevent wrinkles without Botox or expensive creams. I've done it and you can do it too. It just takes being aware of what you're doing on a daily basis.
You may think being aware is half the battle. Nope, it's the whole battle. But once you make it a ritual and a habit, it becomes second nature and you don't even think about it.
One Last Thing
I think it goes without saying that smoking is probably the worst thing you could do for your skin. Even if you're young and cute, and think a little bit of smoking in your 20s won't do anything in the long run, I'm telling you it will come back to bite you in the ass. Sorry for my bluntness, but come on. It's 2016. We ALL know better. Don't do it!!!
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