While the new, best-selling Peace Out Wrinkles can help minimize the appearance of fine lines (find out how here!), for maximum anti-aging results, you’ll want to prevent them from getting too deep in the first place. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with seeing the signs of getting older, but you don’t have to love your wrinkles to love yourself.
Follow the below steps to treat and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles starting today. They might seem small or insignificant but being diligent can make a big difference in your skin. You might just wake up and be surprised at your amazing skin in the mirror.
Never Skip Cleansing
You already know what we’re going to say: you have to remove your makeup before you go to bed. And makeup wipes are just not enough to remove dirt and oils. Be sure to wash your face with a cleanser made for your skin type—dry, oily, acne-prone or combination. Cleanse before bed and in the morning as well if you’re prone to breakouts.
The age-old idea of drinking eight glasses of water a day has since been debunked but it is true that staying hydrated will help keep your skin soft and supple. Even more important though, you have to use a topical moisturizer every. Single. Day. If you’re prone to acne, try a lightweight moisturizer (often marked “oil-free”) that delivers hydration without clogging your pores.
Use SPF Even If It's Cloud
After applying a moisturizer in the morning, you’ll want to follow it up with a full-spectrum SPF—even if you live in a cool, grey climate. There’s nothing that ages your skin faster than the sun and sun damage can be very difficult to reverse. And if there’s an SPF in your makeup? We’re sorry to say that’s not enough reason to skip applying sunscreen on its own. Make it the last step in your skincare routine before applying makeup.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
With work or school, Netflix’s constant new launches and you know, trying to have a life, it can be tough to get the 7-8 hours of sleep that’s recommended. A night or two is okay but if you continually get too little sleep, the effects will show on your face. Whatever you need to do can probably wait until tomorrow. It’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing.
We know. This is a hard one. While you might not be able to keep stressors from hitting you throughout the day, you can change how you handle them. Find a way to decompress, whether it’s hitting the gym, taking a walk outside with a friend or practicing your yoga routine in your living room. Just 15 minutes a day can make a big difference. Don’t forget to breathe!
Eat Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants work by minimizing cell damage. Just like you apply antioxidant-rich foods to your skin, eating foods full of 'em can fight aging from the inside out. Choose foods high in fiber, low in saturated fats and rich in Omega-3, including fruits and veggies, avocados (guac counts!), nuts, and berries.
Incorporate A Retinol
You’ve probably heard about the magic of retinol. It can minimize dark spots, lessen fine lines and make pores appear smaller (to name a few) thanks to increased cell turnover. Simply, your skin thinks it’s younger than it is. Choose a brand you trust either over-the-counter or a prescription from a dermatologist and start small. A little goes a long way. How often you use it depends on its strength so always follow the directions and allow your skin to get used to it.
And if you smoke, your skin is at a much higher risk of premature aging and wrinkling. Make a pledge to quit this year, after all, there's an app for it now!
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