Everyone gets wrinkles; they are the lines – some big and some small – that appear on your skin (most notably your face) as you get older. However, it’s not just age that gives you wrinkles; your lifestyle can too. So although there is nothing you can do about your age getting higher, there is something you can do about the habits that could be giving you more wrinkles than you really need to have. Read on to find out what they are and what you can do about them.
Smoking is bad for you in general, and if you smoke, it’s a wise idea to give up as soon as possible, and if you don’t smoke, it’s a wise idea to avoid cigarette smoke as much as you can. One of the many problems that smoking can cause is wrinkles. This is because tobacco smoke affects how much elastin and collagen you have in your skin, and without these elements, your skin isn’t as firm as it would otherwise be, meaning wrinkles can start to develop. Add to this the fact that nicotine causes your blood vessels to narrow meaning your skin doesn’t get enough oxygen, and you’ll look old before your time. You’ll also notice that there are many fine lines around the lips due to the need to hold the cigarette there.
With all of this, plus the added health issues that smoking can cause, avoiding cigarettes completely is the ideal solution.
Sleep On Your Back
You probably already know that sleep is a hugely important component in your quest to be healthier, but you might not know that it can affect the wrinkles that develop on your face. Firstly, getting enough sleep means you’ll produce more human growth hormone which is needed to regenerate your skin, keeping it elastic (and thus you’ll have fewer wrinkles). However, your sleeping posture should also be considered.
Some sleeping positions can lead you to develop wrinkles, particularly when you sleep on your side. To avoid this, try to sleep on your back where possible. If you can’t do this due to comfort levels or any other health issues, you can use red light therapy to reduce the appearance of the wrinkles that do appear due to your sleeping position or for any other reason.
Eat Vitamin Rich Foods
The human body needs a variety of different vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. In extreme cases, missing out on these – or just some of them – for a long period of time can be fatal. However, for most people, missing out on some of these important nutrients will simply make them feel less than one hundred percent and will make them look unhealthy – it can also lead to the formation of wrinkles.
It’s easy to get into the habit of eating poorly, especially when there is not a lot of time, and it’s far easier to microwave a processed ready meal or call for takeout. However, ensuring you get the vitamins and minerals you need is crucial if you want to be healthy and avoid wrinkles. Reduce the amount of red meat, carbohydrates, and fat in your diet and add more foods with antioxidant properties, including salmon, avocados, and green tea.