I knew this guy in high school who had gray hair. High school? I mean this guy was 17 years old and he was already starting to look like that guy on Mad Men. It could have been hormones or even just the pigment in his hair, but in any case, premature aging is no joke. When it comes to premature aging, I think one of the most common things that we think about is wrinkles.
Wrinkles are something that you can’t avoid; they’re going to show up eventually. But they are something the you need to deal with when you’re young, or least you shouldn’t. Follow these tips and you’ll be much less likely to develop wrinkles prematurely.
1. Wear Sunscreen With SPF Protection
This is a big one. SPF protection keeps those harmful UV rays from bombarding your skin and wearing it out. The sun is one of the leading causes of wrinkles, and it’s also terrible for your skin in many other ways as well.
Wearing sunscreen even in the winter is very important. Just because the sun isn’t out doesn’t mean that UV rays aren’t hitting your skin.
2. Stop Smoking
Smoking can be very harmful for your skin. Ask any doctor and they will tell you the same thing–smoking gives you “smokers lines”. The problem areas include: around the eyes, around the lips and in the middle of your forehead. If you’re a smoker it’s only a matter of time before these lines start to show up!
3: Consider Wearing Eye Cream
Your eyes are one of the 1st places that wrinkles show up. “Crows feet” are extremely common and one of the ways that you can prevent them is by applying an eye cream. This cream should have a moisturizer in it and if it works correctly it will also prevent those dark circles that you get in the mornings from showing up.
This is one place where I will splurge. Because the cream gets so close to your eyes, you don’t want to buy cheap product.
4. Practice Proper Skincare
You should always, always, always moisturize. When you get out of the shower, apply a thin layer of a high-quality moisturizer to your face. Also, avoid pore-refining cleansers that have alcohol in them. These cleansers will dry out your skin and leave you vulnerable to blemishes and generally make your skin look older. When your skin is dry, it will develop wrinkles much easier.
5: Avoid Stress
If only it was as easy as it sounds, hey? But in reality, stress is one of the causes of wrinkling and pre-mature aging. Stress causes us to release a hormone called cortisol that clogs our pores and makes our skin age quicker. It’s always a good idea to exercise regularly and have decent stress management techniques that you use so that you don’t become overwhelmed and start showing the signs physically.
Nothing is wrong with wrinkles and in fact, I think aging can be beautiful. You can be completely sexy with gray hair and wrinkles and all the other signs of someone who’s aging a bit. However, if you want to hold that aging process off at bay a little bit you may want to follow the above advice.
What do you guys think? What do you do to keep your skin looking healthy and young?