Everyone wants to have glowing, youthful skin. However, daily habits, sun exposure, and stress can all cause your complexion to lose some of its luster over time. Fortunately, there is a variety of ways to fight this aging—from Botox® to yoga.
How Can I Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles?
1. Stop Smoking (or Never Start)
Smoking is bad for your health in numerous ways, but it also contributes to premature wrinkling of the skin. Nicotine causes damage to blood vessels over time, which prevents the skin from receiving the proper flow of nutrients. Smoking also affects collagen production and skin elasticity, which causes sagging. These effects become worse the longer you smoke.
2. Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen prevents sun-damaged skin and also lowers your risk of developing skin cancer. UV rays can damage your skin all year long, including during the winter, so it’s recommended that you wear it year-round. The brand you choose should be at SPF 30 and offer broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
3. Lower Your Stress Level
You’re probably already aware of the negative impact stress can have on your health. Research shows that excess stress also impacts you in other ways, such as by increasing the aging process on a cellular level. It is possible to undo these damaging effects by lowering your stress level, which can be done through yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques.
4. Invest in a Cosmetic Treatment
BotoxThere are a variety of aesthetic treatments to reduce the signs of premature aging. Botox is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that can smooth out facial wrinkles for up to two months. For a long-lasting solution to deep-set wrinkles, dermal fillers plump up the skin and usually last for two years. Some treatments even help boost collagen production, including platelet-rich plasma injections. Healthy collagen production is key to healthy, vibrant skin.