Ever since the ancient times, people have been searching for a spring that restores the youth of anyone who drinks from it or bathes in its water. That spring is something we call the Fountain of Youth. Tales of such a fountain have been told across the world for thousands of years. Although it would be nice to believe that somewhere out there such a spring exists, science has moved forward so much that we don’t even have to look for it anymore. It may be impossible to completely erase the traces of years from our skin, but we can hold back the annoying wrinkles for as long as we are able to. Here are some proven methods to reduce wrinkles that will help you with that fight.
Be careful with the sun
Vitamin D which is produced when you are exposed to sunlight is very important for your skin and general health, but the sun can just the same have harmful effects on your skin. UV rays penetrate your skin and break down the collagen that keeps it firm. Since prevention is the best cure, you can protect your skin from developing new wrinkles. That is why you should avoid the sun when in its zenith and wear sunhats, but most of all, you should apply sunscreen whenever you are going outside, not only when the sun is strong.
Use a wrinkle cream, but not just any
The market is crowded with hundreds of anti-aging creams and it is almost impossible to find the right one. But if there is one ingredient that can do wonders for aging skin, that is definitely retinol. This substance can stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, but it also fades pigmentation and increases cell turnover. The best time to start using a retinol-based skin cream is in your late 20’s or early 30’s.
Avoid bad habits
Even though easier said than done, getting rid of some bad habits can do a lot of good for your skin. Try switching them with some new healthy habits. Smoking, for instance, breaks down skin’s natural collagen and thus makes you age faster. Excessive sugar intake is also a good friend of your wrinkles, so break up that bond as soon as possible.
Exfoliation and chemical peels
Sounds scary, but unless you exfoliate regularly, the surface of your skin will be covered with millions of dead cells which will prevent fresh new cells to come out to the surface and inhibit the effects of skincare products. Regular exfoliation (once in two weeks) will help you with this problem and make your skin fresher and younger-looking. Occasional chemical peels for deeper effects can’t hurt either.
Everything with the word “needle” can sound terrifying, but the needles are so tiny that you almost won’t feel a thing. And, in turn, you will get rejuvenated skin. This procedure is actually a collagen inducing therapy derived from ancient acupuncture. Besides reducing the appearance of wrinkles, micro-needling reduces scarring, enlarged pores and sun damage. If you’re living in Australia, you can find an excellent clinic to undergo skin needling in Sydney, but since this therapy is becoming more and more popular, soon every city will be flooded with experts in this procedure.
Beautiful on the inside
On the road to beauty, there are only so many shortcuts you can take. Usually this journey requires complete dedication and long-term commitment. In this case, you need to be hydrated from the inside, consume a lot of vitamin C, which can protect your skin from the sun and rejuvenate it, and eat a lot of antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.
The true Fountain of Youth consists of small steps you take to take care of your skin. If you start today, soon enough you’ll notice many positive changes.