After my post on collagen powder, I had some follow up questions from people in regards to wrinkles. Leading up to 30 I started noticing more and more the damage that has been done to my skin over the last 3 decades. In the last year I have started getting more serious about my skin and what it takes to prevent the aging process from speeding up. So here are some of the best ways to prevent and reverse wrinkles.
It’s really no secret these days that too much sun exposure can lead to premature aging. This can be super stressful with all the new research saying that sunscreen is no good or may be even increasing skin cancer. I definitely can’t say for sure whether or not sunscreen is highly beneficial or highly damaging; but there are still some things I can say for sure. Twenty minutes of sun time a day is recommended to get your daily vitamin D intake. Anything beyond that is when you start opening yourself and your skin up to damage.
The good news is there are other ways to stay outside and avoid the sun:
As I said earlier, I did a post all about the benefits of drinking collagen powder. Since collagen production slows down with aging, you can fight back by keeping collagen in your diet. Collagen is abundant in bone, marrow and cartilage in animals. This is a main reason why making things like bone broth are on the rise. With the rise in boneless products, people’s natural collagen consumption has gone down. So you can start ordering your wings with bones, buy or make your own bone broth, or just toss a scoop of collagen powder into your morning smoothie. There are also a ton of collagen boosting creams on the market. Thrive Market is a great place to get both collagen supplements and bone broth. Click Here to get 25% off plus FREE shipping on your Thrive Market order.
Yes, we have all heard how smoking can cause cancer, damage lungs, ruin your mouth, give bad breath and stinky clothes, but studies have also shown it can do immense damage to your skin. When taking identical twins with the same diet, same job and hours, the one who had a habit of smoking had significantly worse skin damage. So, just another friendly reason to avoid the stink sticks and just enjoy good ‘ol fashioned clean air.
Naturally, I couldn’t finish up a post without reminding you that a healthy diet is crucial to keeping the quality of your skin up. Making sure you are eating loads of leafy greens and veggies every day as well as getting your required amounts of water (about 15 cups a day) is the best way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated from the inside out.
Things like processed foods, excess salt, dairy and sugars are known to do the most damage to our biggest organ as well as the rest of our bodies. So, like always, finding small ways to improve your diet every day, will be highly beneficial to every part of your body including your beautiful skin.
Water is all the rage and something you should be highly consuming. The same can’t be said for other drinks like soda pop and alcohol. Both are known to dry out your skin and speed up the aging process. If you are a big alcohol drinker, work to cutting back and try to keep drinks between 1 and 2 a week. For those of you who struggle with soda, there are a ton of great new cleaner options on the market. I’ve gotten together some of my favorites.
Taking time each day to scrub away dead skin, old dirt and oil is the best way to give yourself a quick boost. There are a ton of great exfoliating face scrubs on the market, but I personally make my own. A simple combination of 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 organic sugar is all I use to scrub away the old skin and help keep my skin silky soft at the same time.
I do as much as I can on my own without the help of chemicals or other expensive procedures like red light therapy. But, I’m going to level with you, I got particularly stressed out about my forehead wrinkles one day, caved and ordered a cream called Needles No More off Amazon. While I don’t recommend these quick fixes filled with chemicals, for those of you looking for a boost of help with your heavy wrinkled areas, this one definitely showed instant improvement. Within a few days I could feel a difference in the smoothness of the skin on my forehead. I used it for a month and saw huge improvements in how deep my wrinkles went on my forehead.
At the end of the day, you are definitely not in trouble when it comes to avoiding the aging process. You have no worries because aging is inevitable. You will age. Do what you can to embrace this and it will actually make the aging process easier on your mind and body. Holding the stress of aging in your body can cause damage to your body both inside and out. Carrying this kind of tension is absolutely pointless because at the end of the day there is nothing you can do to change the fact that you will still be a day older tomorrow.
While I personally struggle with the wrinkles in the mirror, I would never want to turn back the clock 10 years. Let’s be honest, 10 years ago I was a crazy, unorganized selfish girl. The last 10 years have been used to learn, grow, live and mature. Why not continue on for the next 30 years? In fact science has shown that mentally people over 60 are happier than those who are younger.
Living a life with less stress and more joy will actually help you ultimately live longer and that’s really what it’s all about. Just think, we’ll all get to that point where we are so covered in wrinkles that we are once again seen as absolutely adorable. May as well be happy when you get to that point too.