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Wrinkle Resistant Skin Care

Beauty woman showing aging process of skinWouldn’t you love to have wrinkle free skin? At some time or another we all begin to see changes in our hair, skin and our appearance. Wrinkles are just a part of getting older.  As we age we begin to see the effects of staying out too late, taking in too much sun, our choice of lifestyle and other things in our environment  that have taken their toll on us.

Wrinkles are not the same for everyone- some people get them early on in life while others seem to age so well they age is hard to discern just by looking at them. As our bodies get older the production of elastin and collagen is slowed.

Elastin is a component of the connective tissues that give the body the ability to return to its original shape after stretching and contracting. An example of that may be making smiling and then making a frown. As elastin production diminishes it become harder for the body to get back to its original shape and so creases, wrinkles and even sagging skin results.

Collagen is another component that makes up a large part of the connective tissues in the body, as much as 25% to 35%. It can be found in several parts of the body including tendons, skin, cartilage and bone. Its role in skin is to support strength and elasticity. Slowed production of collagen caused by aging is another thing that contributes to wrinkles.

Outside of these two components there are still some preventative steps you can take to minimize or slow the effects of time on your skin.

  1. Cleanse your face at least twice a day, morning and night
  2. Moisturize daily with facial lotion, cream or serum
  3. Protect your skin from the sun. Some sun is good but consistent over exposure will eventually have negative effects on your skin and how it ages.
  4. Smile more- you use far fewer muscles in your face to smile than you do to frown.
  5. Quit smoking or stay away from smokers. There are many serious health hazards caused by smoking, protecting your care is just one of them.
  6. Eat healthy- veggie and fruits are great natural antioxidants, and maybe even a little dark chocolate if you need an excuse to indulge in some.
  7. Hydrate- just moisturizing with lotion is not enough. The body is made up of up to 60% water. Feeling parched or having a dry mouth is just a small indicator that you’ve neglected to drink enough water.

With all of this in mind, we may never get back to a point where the waitress asks to see our ID again, but we can take some steps to age more gracefully by taking better care of ourselves and our skin

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