Every woman wants to look younger, wait there IS Bruce Jenner after all, so maybe that should be rephrased to just "everyone would like to look younger".
Joking aside there are do's and don'ts that should be followed to help with keeping wrinkles at bay, whether it's with diet, how we handle stress and yes, even what position we sleep in!
There are 11 Do's and Don'ts listed starting with the Don'ts, how many on the list are you guilty of?
Don't Sleep on Your Face
Sleeping on your face whether your doing it by lying on your stomach or side will imprint your face with "sleep lines" and over time sleeping in the exact same position will lead to wrinkles. Sleep lines are caused by the pillow case wading and bunching up making that imprint on your face. If you MUST sleep on your face opt instead for a silk pillow case or satin pillow case but this will really only help with sleep lines, not necessarily wrinkles. The older we get the longer it will take sleep lines to subside on our face because we lack an abundance of collagen like when we were younger.
Putting aside what alcohol can do to our health in general it can also wreak havoc on our skin. Alcohol not only dehydrates our insides but also our outside, causing our skin to look dry, lifeless and sallow. Yellowing of the skin as well as reddening of the skin especially on and around the nose caused from the blood vessels breaking (you see this in heavy drinkers). An occasional glass of wine or beer is okay just make sure you replace your body with plenty of water at the same time. For every glass of wine or beer follow it up with a glass of water. Better yet, just drink water and be a designated driver!
Don't Eat Sugar
Saying do not eat sugar is like asking someone to not make any noise when they fart, graphic I know but trying to get a point across here. If you're a sugar junky chances are you have fine lines already even if you're only in your 20's. If you're a sugar junky and you're in your 30's chances are those fine lines have already evolved into actual wrinkles. That's because sugar causes glycation inside our body.
-Excerpt from Elle Magazine Sugar and Aging, the truth about Glycation
The science is this: When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body's cells like a meteor shower—glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed.
The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin's surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance.
So put down that donut, drop that candy bar not only will it make you fat it will make you OLD.
Don't Eat Processed Foods
Sugar and processed foods pretty much go hand in hand. What you put into your body shows outwardly and if you're eating empty calories and food that has absolutely no nutritional value then you're not helping to feed your cells and detox the body correctly. This will show up on your skin making it look dull and lifeless and causing glycation because of the added sugars which will cause the skin to age.
So okay, this one is probably harder than dropping sugar but is a MUST in regards to wrinkles, aging and overall health in general. Stress overwhelms our bodies to where it doesn't function properly throwing everything off course. Researchers found that telomeres (structures at the ends of chromosomes that shorten with aging) also shorten prematurely in persons experiencing long-term psychological stress, in effect, prematurely "aging" the cells.
So take a break and have hubby watch the nuggets while you relax at the spa or even take a walk somewhere in a peaceful place. If you live near the beach that's a great place to start!
Do Eat Whole Foods
You should be eating fresh, whole foods like fruits and veggies and fresh grass fed beef and organic chicken. These foods can be found on the outside perimeter of your grocery store. Steer clear of the center of your grocery stores that's where all your processed junk is. So eating healthier will also cut down on your shopping time! You are what you eat! Eating healthy makes your body run better and gives your skin a natural glow! Eat your greens and you'll see a sheen!(in your skin)
Do Use Sunscreen
We are all told to wear sunscreen on the daily but how many of us actually listen and follow through? Wearing sunscreen daily even on cloudy days is a must to help block out ultra violet rays. Using a chemical free sunscreen is imperative, as chemical sunscreens make melasma worse and can also cause cancer. Burn Out is a great chemical free sunscreen to use that will not clog pores. Don't forget to use sunscreen on the backs of your hands as well, this a place where most everyone forgets and yet where we age the quickest!
Do Use Vitamin C
Using a serum or cream with vitamin C will help with wrinkles and ages spots. Although did you know that because vitamin C is very volatile purchasing it in a cream or serum from the store is a moot point because it's already rancid? Yes rancid, vitamin C only lasts up to 10 days or so refrigerated. People spend some big bucks on vitamin C serums but they've already gone bad. You can tell if the serum has a dark orange tint or a funky smell. It's best to make your own serum. Here's how: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-make-your-own-vitamin-c-serum
Do Use Hyaluronic Acid
Using a serum or cream containing hyaluronic acid will plump up those furrow lines in a hurry! Making your own hyaluronic acid serum is easy and cheap. Making your own also ensures that there's no unwanted ingredients like parabens. Here's how: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-make-your-own-hyaluronic-acid-serum-1
Do Use Retin A
Using retin A is the best way to help with wrinkles by creating mass cell turnover on the skin. Because this process can be harsh and over drying for most, using Retin A Micro Gel in 0.1% is your better bet because it's time released into the skin causing less irritation all while getting the same bang for your buck! You'll need to get an initial prescription from your dermatologist or plastic surgeon and then you can order it from http://www.canadadrugsuperstore.com and pay less than half than you would at a pharmacy.
Do Sleep on Your Back
Sleeping on your back will alleviate any sleep lines as well as wrinkles over time. Yes, we will all age, but why hurry it along when taking steps such as these will allow us to stay as young as long as we can.