6 Natural Ways to Prevent Wrinkles
Now realistically speaking, you can’t ever fully reverse the signs of aging, at least not naturally. What you can do, however, is slow the process by preserving and taking care of your skin and body. While most young people are preoccupied with school, relationships and partying, the older ones are cursing the decisions they made in their youth. Many people don’t know, but it is recommended to start combating the signs of aging in your late twenties and early thirties, before your skin starts showing significant signs of aging. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.
Going natural is always better because chemicals are often harsh on the skin, and for persons with dry skin or hyper-sensitivity, perfumes, dyes and chemicals can be a real problem. Below are some natural practices which are great for preventing and reducing the appearance of wrinkles on your skin. These practices are also critical for your general health and wellness.
1. Avoid the sun/wear sunscreen
The sun was found to be the number one cause of wrinkles, not to mention some other more actual life threatening stuff (i.e. skin cancer). Everyone knows that too much direct sun is damaging to the skin, but some people really value their tan. If you feel the need to expose yourself to the sun please remember to wear sunscreen.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Moisture is essential for maintaining smooth, supple skin. If you have dry skin you are already well on your way to wrinkle-town. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated as dry skin cracks much easier.
3. Cut out pollutants
Alcohol and cigarettes are detrimental to your face. Just the natural movement of sucking on a cigarette is enough to give you wrinkles, far less for the chemical reactions. Alcohol dehydrates your skin and smoking rids your arteries of nitric oxide and decreases your collagen, which both help your skin to maintain its elasticity.
4. Drink lots of water
This is an obvious one. I don’t think that I need to detail all the benefits of drinking lots of water. Long story short your body needs water- getting plenty water will prevent toxic buildup in your body and a healthy body equals healthy, youthful skin.
While many of you probably take a multivitamin already, there are specific supplements which directly support healthy skin, particularly vitamins A, B C and E. Blackberries have all of these vitamins and as such make for a great candidate. Omega 3 fatty acids are also great for your skin, and can be found in any seafood, especially salmon.
6. Topical treatments
While what you take in is most important, you can also use natural, topical treatments for quicker results. Oils, such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, emu oil and olive oil have been shown to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Cucumbers are great as a gentle cleanser, and carrots are high in Vitamin A, the primary ingredient in anti-aging creams.