How to Prevent Wrinkles - or Fight Wrinkles, if You Have Them Already!
To prevent wrinkles, there are a lot of effective things you can do. If you already have them, the same things are effective, but you'll need more time and determination to fight wrinkles.
It's just like taking care of your overall health -- easier when you're still well, but if you're sick, you can still do things right and get well again.
Also, your skin health is directly related to your overall health: good nutrition affects your skin and everything else. Smoking is not just bad for your lungs and heart: it is linked to premature skin wrinkles.
Everyone knows that green, leafy vegetables, the deeper the color the better, are wonderful nutrition bargains. If you don't get enough, like most of us, you can start just by adding Romaine lettuce, baby spinach leaves, broccoli, asparagus or other deeply colored vegetable, to your food choices, say, three days a week. Berries, especially deeply colored ones like blueberries, strawberries and blackberries, are packed with nutrition, too.) Drink lots of pure, filtered water and you've made a beginning toward better eating.
Vitamins and food supplements (omega-3 fish oil is a good one) from a trusted manufacturer can be a huge nutrition boost, too.
All are important, but you're undoubtedly thinking, not enough. And you're right.
How to prevent wrinkles? And especially, how to fight wrinkles, once you have them?
You need an excellent skin care treatment. Literally thousands are available, and many are expensive and ineffective, so you need to shop with some care.
First, some things to avoid, all so common they can discourage you if you let them:
Mineral oil and petrolatum (petroleum jelly), which block pores; parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, others), preservatives which the FDA considers to be safe, but the much more stringent Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) considers anywhere from moderately to highly hazardous, depending on the specific paraben; and triclosan, also FDA-approved but considered highly hazardous by the CSC.
Some great ingredients to prevent and fight skin wrinkles:
Natural Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol ) is a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown in many scientific studies to reverse the effects of aging on the skin. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also helps prevent the appearance of age spots. Avoid synthetic Vitam E, listed as d-Alpha tocopherol; it's cheaper but only about half as effective an antioxident.
Grapeseed Oil creates an invisible film on your skin, to keep moisture in. It helps repair skin wrinkles around the eyes and reduces stretch marks. Grapeseed oil is rich in linoleic acid and several other essential oils, and it also contains natural vitamin E.
Maracuja is a passion fruit extract, a natural emollient, which is very similar to the structure of human skin. Maracuja is rich in linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid, which helps to nourish and revitalize skin.
Babassu is a light, natural wax, which softens and soothes your skin. Made from Babassu oil, from the kernel of the fruit of the Babassu palm, it has been used as a natural cosmetic for centuries in the Amazon region of Brazil.
Macademia oil, avocado oil, and shea butter, are all natural vegetable emollients, all wonderful ways to fight wrinkles.
For a more in-depth look at ingredients and specific recommendations, you can check out my website.