Sleep well and keep your wrinkles away

Now that you know making dietary and lifestyle changes help prevent and stop wrinkles, now read on to find out how and why you need to sleep right to get rid of wrinkles. You need to not only sleep sufficiently, but also sleep right.

This is because while sleeping, your body produces human growth hormone which controls your body tissues, including skin. With insufficient sleep, your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone which slows down the growth and also damages tissues. This is bad for your skin as you need new skin cells to fight off and prevent wrinkles, and to prevent any damage to body tissues.

You not only need sufficient sleep, but should also sleep in the right posture. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sleeping on your side may lead to wrinkles on cheeks and chin. Sleeping face down too is a no-no as it can give you a furrowed brow. Thus the best sleeping position is on your back.

Eliminate stress with a hobby

You need to get rid of stress if you want to get rid of wrinkles as stress makes your skin thin and weak wherein it cannot fight the elements which produce wrinkles. Moreover, frowning and scowling only makes temporary facial lines permanent.

Some things you can do to de-stress you include developing a hobby, exercising, meditating, listening to music, learning something new, writing down and thus venting out feelings, doing yoga, swimming, talking to friends and family, reading books, spending time with children and volunteering for a social cause. If not any of this, you can always find something unique which helps eliminate stress from your system.

While you have control on and can change your diet and lifestyle, there are some things you cannot do, and thus should be avoided to prevent wrinkles. For example, exposure to harmful sunrays.

Wear sunglasses and sunscreens

Exposure to the UV sunrays can damage your skin’s collagen and lead to wrinkles. So avoid going outdoors when the sun shines its best. As this is not always possible, you can protect your skin and yourself from the harsh sun rays by:

Wearing sunglasses to avoid eye wrinkles while going outdoors. Strong sunrays make you squint, and can lead to wrinkle formation around eyes. However buy good quality sunglasses as cheaper brands can damage your eyes.

Wear sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 while going outdoors. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 25 to 30 is a better choice for protection from UVA and UVB sun radiation. Even sunscreens enhanced with vitamin E or soy isoflavones help strengthen your skin barrier by helping with the reproduction of collagen.

Carry accessories like scarves, hats and umbrellas while going outdoors. It’s better to re-apply your sunscreen if you are out for long periods. If this is not possible, use something to block sun-rays from penetrating your skin.

The next post will teach you some face packs and the right use of cosmetics to reduce and prevent wrinkles and look years younger than you actually are.