It’s 2017—and somehow no one has invented an actual wrinkle eraser yet. (Bummer, right?) As nice as that would be, right now you still have to deal with them the old fashioned way: Through proper skincare, a healthy diet, and a whole lot of stress relief. If you’re hoping for a younger appearance free of fine lines, try these tips to keep your skin smooth, vibrant, and ridiculously young-looking. For more health coverage, take a look at the 32 Secrets of a Stress-Proof Life.
Meditate Every Morning
Being constantly stressed can speed up the aging process, and that’s something no one wants. To make sure you keep your cortisol levels in check, meditate on the daily: According to the Mayo Clinic, you only need to devote a few minutes a day to your practice to squash pent-up stress and anxiety. Taking it a bit easier is one of the 40 Life Secrets You Need Right Now.
Want to say goodbye to those wrinkles? Then now’s the time to start hitting up the gym. In a 2014 study, researchers from McMaster University found it’s a great way to keep your skin looking young—as well as help reverse some skin aging.
Wear Sunscreen On the Daily
There’s no way you’re going to get rid of wrinkles without wearing sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, wearing it daily—whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside!—will not only protect your skin from cancer-causing UV rays, but will also make sure sun damage isn’t giving you wrinkles—or making them worse. Don’t just take care of your skin, these are the 20 Secrets for Whiter Teeth After 40.
Limit the Sodium in Your Diet
Put down the overly-salty French fries: According to the Cleveland Clinic, eating high-sodium foods can majorly suck moisture out of your skin—and that can make fine lines show up. If you want to stay wrinkle-free, drink water throughout the day and be sure to limit the salt in your diet.
Get More Sleep
When people refer to catching zzzs as “beauty sleep,” they’re not lying. According to a 2013 study from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, being sleep deprived actually increases signs of skin aging. To make sure you stay wrinkle-free, get the recommended amount every night. Check out the Top Longevity Secrets from the World’s Oldest People.
Start Using Retinol
Retinol is a powerful anti-ager—and it does wonders for wrinkles and fine lines. A 2007 study published in the JAMA found it’s incredibly powerful in improving signs of natural aging and can significantly increase the production of collagen, helping smooth out your skin.
Beware of Repeated Facial Expressions
If you notice yourself making the same facial expressions over and over—whether it’s squinting while looking at your phone or smiling non-stop—you might notice some wrinkles pop up. According to the Mayo Clinic, those repeated movements cause a groove to form beneath the skin’s surface, and eventually your skin loses its flexibility and can’t just spring back. Keep on smiling (because, c’mon—happiness trumps wrinkles!), but break your bad, wrinkle-causing habits to keep those fine lines from popping up.
Eat More Avocados
Yes, this is your excuse to order extra guac. Omega-3s—whether it’s avocados, nuts, or olive oil—keeps the skin healthy by building collagen and making sure it doesn’t lose its elasticity as you age. When you fill your diet with powerful foods, those wrinkles don’t even stand a chance.
You probably either love moisturizer or you hate it, but it’s definitely important when it comes to getting rid of—and preventing!—wrinkles. Because the skin naturally dries as you age, it starts to appear more wrinkly, says the Mayo Clinic. To combat the effects, keep your skin hydrated and healthy by finding a facial lotion you love. Getting in a good shower and taking care of your skin could be one of the 25 Quick Ways to Bust Holiday Stress.
Get Regular Facial Treatments
If you want to erase your wrinkles, make skincare your priority: Head to the spa on a regular basis for facials or chemical peels, which can help produce more collagen and give you young and healthy-looking skin that’s free of fine lines. It might be a little pricey—but you’ll definitely see positive results.
Try Facial Massages
People swear by facial massages for getting rid of wrinkles—so why not give them a try? They increase the circulation to your skin, as well as relieve tension, leaving you with glowing, healthy, and radiant-looking skin—all by using your fingers and applying a little pressure.
If you’re a smoker, it’s time to drop the habit. According to the Mayo Clinic, all it’s doing is speeding up the aging process of your skin, giving you wrinkles. To make sure your skin doesn’t start looking dry, dull, and full of fine lines, find a healthier way to relieve stress instead—like working out or even finding a new hobby you enjoy.
Give Tofu a Try
Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan, there’s a wrinkle-erasing reason to add tofu into your diet: A 2006 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that soy helps improve the appearance of the skin, increasing the firmness and improving the structure.
Easy Up on the Booze
Or, at least less of it. A 1999 study published in the journal Alcohol Research and Health found drinking too much can lead to premature aging. Because it’s super dehydrating, it sucks all the moisture out of your skin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. But by sticking to mostly water, you’ll regain that moisture back—and your skin will instantly look more glowy and youthful.
Try Botox or Fillers
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, both Botox and fillers can help restore any youthfulness to your face in a hurry—but there are some differences between the two. While Botox is best for more pronounced wrinkles, fillers are better for smile lines and regaining facial fullness. Talk to your derm to see which option is best for you if you decide to go down this route.
Go Coo-coo for Cocoa
Eating chocolate to help erase wrinkles? That’s what a 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutrition says. Researchers found regularly consuming cocoa increases the blood flow in the skin, which not only helps fight off the effects of sun damage, but also promotes healthier skin. When the skin is nice and hydrated, everything looks a lot smoother—and much less wrinkly.
Do Regular At-Home Masks and Peels
Using at-home peels can give you less wrinkly, smoother, and younger-looking skin—and you don’t even need to empty your pockets to see results. There are plenty of options to choose from—from Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads to Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel that will help you erase time and look years younger.
Avoid Sugar Like the Plague
Yeah, yeah—sugar is delicious. But is it good for your skin? Definitely not. Eating a lot of sugar can break down collagen, causing wrinkles and fine lines—so keep it far away from your diet and revitalize your skin through wholesome foods. Not junk that tears it down.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
If you’re filling your body with foods packed with vitamins and nutrients, it will show on your skin: Instead of being dried out and dehydrated, all those fruits and veggies will keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant. Plus, aside from helping you stay wrinkle-free, you’ll also feel younger all-around.
Stay Out of the Sun
While wearing sunscreen is important, so is staying out of the sun in general. According to the Mayo Clinic, any exposure can cause winkles, speeding up the aging process. So the next time you’re at the beach, hang out under an umbrella—and invest in a hat that will keep those harmful rays off your face. And if you do find yourself with wrinkles, don’t get caught uttering any of the 40 Things Only Older People Say.
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