Thursday, January 26, 2012

Want to prevent wrinkles before you get them?

If you're fairly young and hoping to prevent the signs of aging, you're making a smart move! I've heard dozens of people ask me " Why are you buying that stuff? You don't have wrinkles! " What people don't understand is that the point is to prevent wrinkles, not cure them when they show up.

If You Have No Signs of Aging (Yet)

Use Sunscreen Every Day - UV rays cause aging. Simple, right? Yes, even in winter. Use at least an SPF of 15. If you spend alot of time outside, upgrade to SPF 30. Reapply  every two hours and don't forget the cake rule. Put on sunscreen like you're spreading icing on a cake. Yes, that much.

Be A Label Reader - It makes sense to start using anti-aging products, but not the serious stuff yet. A great moisturizer is key. Look for anti-aging products that contain antioxidants like vitamins C and E, pomegranate, acai and apple stem cells (These can help protect collagen and elastin). Also look for anti-inflammatory agents like mushrooms, aloe, hyaluronic acid, lipids and amino acids (Like peptides and ceramides to maintain skin's hydration).

Work out and get more sleep - Exercise reduces the accumulation of free radicals inside your body, protecting your skin. Seven to nine hours of quality shuteye promotes collagen production and cell repair. Ever heard of Beauty Sleep? It's no myth!

Quit Smoking - Cigs are loaded with free radicals. Pursing your lips around a cigarette also creates lines.

Avoid Crash Diets - If you lose two pounds per week (That is too much!), you're probably shedding water weight and not fat, which will show up in your face. Trying to lose weight or not, stick with a vitamin and mineral rich diet made of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Also, add foods high in zinc, copper and selenium to your plate...they're skin firming. Think chicken, oytsers, walnuts and chickpeas.

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