One of the best parts of running your own business is the constant education: we went to the Face & Body Expo a few weeks ago, eager for more skincare knowledge. We loved networking with many like-minded people, and the opportunity to learn from those in the know. Many of the classes focused on anti-aging, anti-wrinkles, new products and ingredients such as retinoids, and skincare tips. We will be adding to the Wonderland blog about our new found knowledge, so do stay tuned!
Since our culture places a high priority on maintaining a youthful glow and smooth skin, many people clamor for anti-aging products. Not taking genetics and family history into account, a question most want to know is: ‘Can fine lines and wrinkles be prevented?’
The unfortunate answer is…no. Everyone will at some point develop fine lines and wrinkles as they age – it is simply a natural part of aging. Lines and wrinkles will develop, and will become more evident over time as the strength and elasticity of skin naturally breaks down with age. The good news, however; is that there are things we can do to help slow the aging process down.
Eat right – eating a healthy, balanced diet can be an excellent first step to beautiful skin. Taking in the proper nourishment, including omega fatty acids and healthy fats help our bodies run more efficiently, which in turn promotes proper circulation, meaning blood can travel to the skin layers to promote the generation of healthy new skin cells. Check out our recommendations for healthy breakfast ideas here!
Drink right – 6-8 glasses of water a day are recommended. Reduce or cut out completely high sugar drinks such as soda and wine. Replace these with herbal tea to provide further benefit to your body. We highly suggest green tea for the polyphenols and antioxidants, though be warned that tea (and coffee) stains teeth.
Get a limited amount of sun exposure – sunlight is an important source of vitamin D, so we do need some sun exposure. The problem is that we often get too much sun. The more sun exposure one’s skin has, the faster it will age. Go for a healthy balance – wear protective clothing including UV hats and sunglasses, and use sufficient amounts of sunscreen that is reapplied regularly. We suggest using a physical sunscreen made of zinc oxide, or tinsorb S and tinsorb M (this active ingredient is found in European sunscreen products).
Reduce stress – stress, anxiety and worry cause us to furrow our browns, frown, and tense up our facial muscles. This can cause lines to quickly develop. By reducing stress, we can reduce the tendency to frown or wrinkle our face with worry, thus saving our facial skin from puckering. We know, this is a difficult one, but those frown lines and forehead lines are never fun to develop.
Get plenty of sleep – this may be anecdotal, but many experts say that getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night can contribute to having better skin, along with better physical and mental health. Some people are incredibly good at this, sleeping at 10 pm, and waking up early. Plus, resting on a silk pillowcase may help decrease lines on your face when you wake up the next day (you know what we’re talking about, the ones your typical cotton ones cause).
Quit smoking – do this not just for the health benefits, but also to reduce the puckering of the lips around a cigarette that lead to those deep lines around the mouth. Quitting smoking will also greatly improve blood circulation, so more of the vital nutrients in blood can reach developing skin cells and promote healthy cell turnover.
Products that help boost your skin –hyaluronic acid, chirally correct ingredients, carrot seed essential oil: these help with skin issues (we will be discussing more of these in our next blog post!), as our skin naturally has hyaluronic acid, just creates less of it as we age. Anti-aging isn’t quite possible, but finding products with certain ingredients will be sure to help, as least for awhile. For best results, follow the tips above in addition to using quality skin care products and you’ll be on your way to holding the signs of aging at bay for just a little while longer.
What products or skincare tips have you tried for prevention? Do let us know in the comments below!