How Old Did You Say?

Look years younger with these wrinkle-reducing tips.

There’s no denying the fact: you’re getting older. As the years pass by you’ll notice small changes in the appearance of your skin when you look in the mirror. Where there was once smooth, young-looking skin you’ll see signs of aging creeping across your face and neck.

While wrinkles and fine lines may be an inevitable part of aging, there are ways you can slow the aging process. Through topical agents, medical procedures, diet, and lifestyle changes, you can reduce the appearance of the lines and creases that show your age.

Look and feel younger with these tips provided by La Verne Fit Body Boot Camp.

Anti-Wrinkle Creams

Numerous products claim to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin but only the ones with certain ingredients have anything to back their claims. Make sure the cream or lotion you use contains one of these active ingredients.

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are acids found in fruits that work to remove dead skin cells and reveal younger looking skin underneath. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished thanks to AHAs, especially around the eyes. High amounts of AHAs may encourage the skins’ production of collagen, the protein in the skin that keeps it firm.

Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is a naturally occurring antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, the oxygen molecules that harm skin cells and cause wrinkles.

A second antioxidant, vitamin C is also effective at reducing fine lines by increasing collagen production and protecting the skin from sun damage. You may see L-ascorbic acid on the ingredient label, meaning vitamin C.

Idebenone is similar to the antioxidant coenzyme Q10, and has proved successful in reducing roughness, dryness, wrinkles, and sun damage.

Pentapeptides are another ingredient shown to increase collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Medical/Spa Treatments

Need more help than creams can give? A personal trainer in La Verne suggests that you seek professional from a dermatologist or spa facility. There are a number of options available to reduce wrinkles. Here are some of the most popular.

Botox injections relax the muscles underneath wrinkles so the skin will lie flat and smooth over the muscles.

With laser or light resurfacing, light energy removes the outer skin cells and kicks the skin’s ability to produce collagen into gear, smoothing wrinkles and diminishing fine lines.

A chemical peel treatment works in a similar way to laser treatments, by burning away the top layer of skin and prompting collagen production.

With dermabrasion, a suction device removes old skin cells while pulling new, smooth skin to the surface.

And lastly, doctors may use wrinkle fillers, which are substances applied to the wrinkles to fill in creases and reveal smooth skin.

Foods for Skin Health

Above all, the fitness professionals at La Verne Fitness Center believe that antioxidants and healthy fats are two must-have ingredients in a wrinkle-fighting diet. The antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, coffee, and tea work to reverse and prevent skin damage caused by free radicals. Eat a variety of these foods for a diet high in skin-saving goodness.

The right amount of body fat will give your skin a smooth appearance and nourish skin cells. Fatty acids are also an important part of cell membranes that help cells keep moisture in while remaining firm and plump. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, walnuts, and almonds is one way to reduce or prevent wrinkles.

Taking care of your body by eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, managing stress, and getting enough sleep can do wonders for your skin and complexion. But always remember, wrinkles aren’t the end of the world. They are a sign of aging and of a life well lived. Do what you can to fend off this telltale sign of aging, but be proud of the lines etched by years of smiling that you can’t erase.

“Wrinkles happen to human beings.”—Jennifer Aniston

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