Most people know that smoking and too much
sunbathing can cause wrinkles and skin damage but there are other things
you can do or avoid doing that also contribute to premature aging.
Wallis Simpson famously once said "you can never be too rich or too
thinĒ. I donít know about being too rich but you can certainly be too
thin! Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt aged appearance. Try
to keep to a healthy weight and avoid yo-yo dieting.
Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and walnuts.
Omega-3 can fight the inflammation which cause wrinkles. Eat plenty of
Vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits, strawberries and green
vegetables. Vitamin C fights ageing free radicals and encourages
Eat tomatoes, especially cooked ones, as they contain Lycopene that can protect your skin against sun damage.
Rubbing and pulling on the delicate skin around your eyes causes skin
stretching and wrinkles. It also encourages the dark pigment that
becomes more noticeable as we age. So be extra gentle when applying eye
make up or putting in contact lenses. Use your ring finger or pinkie
finger, never your index finger. If you find you are rubbing your eyes
see your doctor as you may have an allergy or eye infection which can be
Get plenty of sleep. Your skin only goes into renewal mode when you
are sleeping. Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and quiet. Turn off
the TV or computer an hour before bed and dim the lights to encourage
production of the sleep hormone Melatonin. Create a soothing night time
ritual, a hot decaffeinated drink, relaxing music and a nice, not too
Some people say that sleeping on your side with the side of your face
pressed into the pillow can cause wrinkles. I am not convinced of this,
but if you are comfortable sleeping on your back it may be worth a try.
Donít drink from a straw. Regularly pursing up your mouth like this
can cause extra wrinkles around the mouth, similar to sucking on a
cigarette. Apart from looking bad this has the horrible side effecf of
causing your lipstick to bleed into the wrinkles.
Donít forget your sunglasses. Squinting into the sun can etch lines
and wrinkles around your eyes very quickly and the exposure to the sun
will break down the collagen in the skin, a double wrinkle whammy! Even
in the winter wear sunglasses if you find yourself screwing up your
eyes. Make sure the sunglasses you choose have UVA and UVB protection.
Stress causes the body to pump out Cortisol. Amongst other things
Cortisol also breaks down the collagen in your skin, leading to sagging,
inflammation and wrinkles. Stress causes oxygen and nutrients to go to
the major fight or flight organs of the body and the skin is neglected.
Make a conscious effort to de-stress and relax. Watch a film, read a
book, take up yoga or meditation. Exercise, in its many forms, is also
good for stress.
Make sure you are not focusing only on your face with your beauty
routine. Moisturise your neck and hands regularly and use sunscreen on
Last but not least moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Dry skin does
not cause wrinkles but it makes them more noticeable and dry skin is
less resistant to allergies, minor skin infection and sun damage.
Hydrated skin looks dewy and plumped up so moisturise from within too by
drinking lots of water.
We canít stay young forever but a few simple changes to your lifestyle and beauty regime can make a lot of difference.