If you are of a certain age, you’ll probably wake up each morning and study your face for lines and wrinkles. Then you may reach for your expensive jar of anti ageing cream and slather it on, in the hope that the creases stay at bay for another few months. But did you know that there are other ways of reducing wrinkles and lines, that are free or cost effective that you could be doing instead? Read our tips on the natural ways you can stay younger for longer:
Limit your Caffeine Intake
Try swapping your mid afternoon latte or cup of tea for a wrinkle busting beverage instead. Studies have shown that cocoa contains high levels of two antioxidants (epicatechin and catechin) which help to protect skin from sun damage, improve blood flow to skin cells, help hydration, and make the skin look and feel smoother.
Up your Soy Intake
Tests have suggested that soy may improve the appearance of your skin and could even help to protect it. In studies, soy was applied to the skin or taken as a supplement and was shown to protect against or even heal some of the sun’s damage. And it has also been shown to improve skin’s structure and firmness, and to even out skin tone.
Look for Vitamin C in Face Creams
If you are going to buy expensive face creams then search for ones that contain vitamin C, as some studies have shown that it can raise collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, help reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone, and reduce redness. Look for the type of vitamin C called L-ascorbic acid or ascorbyl palmitate.
Limit face Washing
Sounds odd doesn’t it in these days of ultra hygiene, but tap water can seriously deplete your skin of its moisture and natural oils that all help to protect against wrinkles. If you are going to wash your face often, at least use a soap with added moisturizers, or use a gel or cream facial cleanser instead.
Get Rid of Dead Cells
Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are natural acids that lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines and surface wrinkles, especially around the eyes. And stronger forms of AHAs may help boost collagen production. Do be careful however when using AHAs as they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so wear plenty of sunscreen every day.
Eyes Wide Open!
If you regularly go out in the sun without sunglasses, or squint when you are reading, you are making the same facial expressions over and over again, and this can lead to permanent wrinkles forming. Keep your eyes wide open and if you need glasses wear them and pop on a pair of protective sunglasses in sunlight.
Eat More Cold Water Fish
Like salmon, and other types of cold water fish are not only a great source of protein (one of the building blocks of great skin) it’s also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Experts say that essential fatty acids nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping minimize wrinkles.
Sleep On Your Back
If you want to cut down on new wrinkles then the suggestion is that you should sleep on your back. Sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to “sleep lines” — wrinkles that become etched into the top layers of skin and don’t fade once you’re up. Sleeping on your side leads to wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face down gives you a furrowed brow.