As you get older, the battle against wrinkles becomes part of your agenda. Many women as well as men believe that an aging skin is inevitable, but with the information and technologies we have today, you really can look as young as you want to. Instead of battling wrinkles with expensive creams and medical procedures which are two of the most popular ways to battle wrinkles, why not just create a shift in your habits that could eventually aid the reduce of wrinkles.

Here are 7 ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles-

  1. Quit Smoking –

Smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. More and more studies are confirming that cigarette smoke ages skin as a result of its fumes and it’s never easy to quit, but nicotine patches and inhalers are a great place to start if you’re having trouble. Sibling studies done at the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas Hospital in London found the brother or sister who smoked tended to have skin that was more wrinkled and up to 40% thinner than the non-smoker even though they were the same age.

  1. Get enough sleep-

Nothing helps get rid of wrinkles like a good night sleep. Although, we acknowledge the fact sleep becomes a luxury especially when you have a busy schedule but make it a priority to try to get around five to eight hours of sleep per night and allow your body time to repair itself. Boost your skin’s regeneration process by applying a rich anti-wrinkle night cream before bed.  Also, try as much as possible to sleep on your back,The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to “sleep lines – Sleeping on your stomach or on of your sides means there is constant pressure on your face. Over time, this action will produce unwanted sleep lines. You can remedy this by sleeping on your back.

3. Wear sunscreen –

If you must go out in the sun, wear sunscreen especially if you live in a country like Nigeria where the sun is scorching. This is a very important item that you must include in your everyday skin care. It will protect you from skin cancer, and help prevent wrinkles at the same time. The sun is one of the major causes of wrinkles and if you do accidentally get sun burnt, apply a moisturiser after sun lotion.

4. Don’t squint – get glasses-

Facial movements – like squinting – overworks facial muscles, and affects the skin’s surface which eventually becomes a wrinkle. Also important: Wear sunglasses. It will protect skin around the eyes from sun damage — and further keep you from squinting.

  1. Boost collagen naturally-

Collagen is that protein in your skin that gives it strength and structure. It’s the breakdown of collagen later in life that leads to sagging and wrinkles. Good news is that you can also boost collagen naturally with your diet. The best options for collagen-producing agents include  dark green veggies, meat (organic and well-sourced,) egg whites, beans, and cheese.

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