Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night worrying about what you might look like 10-15 or 25 years from now? Are you frequently asking yourself questions like: “Will those crows feet multiply? Are my wrinkles going to deepen? Are those worry lines between my eyes going to stay? If so, you are not alone!
During my 15 years as an esthetician “How do I prevent premature aging?” has probably been the biggest question that I have come across. As a person with dry skin tending towards dehydration my whole life, premature wrinkles have also been one of my greatest concerns.
You will be happy to know that there is a resounding “YES!!” to the answer: “Is there anything that I can do to slow down the process of visible aging?” To learn more, keep reading!
My top 5 proven ways on how to prevent wrinkles naturally:
1. Always wash your face at night
Be sure to clean your skin at night. You want to clean off your makeup, sun-block and any environmental pollutants so that your skin can breathe and repair itself at night. Apply your best rejuvenating products for they will help replenish your skin while you are sleeping. Your nightly routine is so important to not overlook. I remember when I was in my early twenties and I went out with my Russian girl-friends; when we came home after a night of dancing and drinking, and we were getting ready for bed, one of the Russian girls: “If you don’t clean your skin at night, it takes a year off your life!” And so I have cleaned my skin every night ever since.
2. Keep your skin hydrated!
Even if you have oily skin, this is a must! Oil and water is not the same thing. Chronic dehydration and dermal inflammation of the skin is what causes pre-mature aging. This is why it is so important that you find the right moisturizer, serum or facial oil for your skin type to keep your skin nicely hydrated; particularly if you tend towards normal to dry skin. But remember that even oily skin can get dehydrated and dryness of the skin is what causes wrinkles to form deep in the layers of the skin.
3. Manage your stress-level
You probably know this already! Stress is the biggest factor when it comes to aging. When we are feeling under stress, we tend to neglect ourselves. Our health, our dietary habits, our fitness and lastly our skin take a big beating. Stress can cause acne, pigmentation, inflammation, rashes, severe dryness in the skin so I always encourage my clients to look at your skin as if it is talking to you and letting you know what is really going on on the inside. In this culture we have been really taught to ignore and suppress any indicators that we are over-doing it. We push ourselves to the max. If your skin is not looking its usual best, it could be that stress is the culprit. So think about ways to incorporate stress-relieving techniques into your life; simple things such as, taking a daily walk, joining a yoga class, or even just taking a long hot bath at night with aromatic essences can be a powerful way to decompress after a long day–and it will do wonders for your complexion.
4. Sun-bathe mindfully
I personally believe that the sun is good for us and we need the Vitamin D for our bodies to stay healthy. So I think it is important to get outside and soak up some sun. That said, being out in the sun at the beach for hours without sun-protection will cause pre-mature aging, sun-damage, dehydration of the skin, or worse bad sun-burns; all factors which are bad in your quest of a youthful complexion. Therefore, my advice is to be mindful when you are out in the sun. Wear a good sun-block, preferably zinc based as that will protect the skin and reflect the sun away. Stay away from sunscreens packed with anti-aging ingredients as they have been found to cause chemical burns on the skin. Also, be sure to bring a hat and spend some time in the shade. Another great tip that I learned about sun-bathing mindfully was when growing up in very sunny Southern Spain where we were always taught to stay out of the sun from the hours of 1-4 when the sun is at its highest and will cause the most burns.
5. Consistency is key!
I know that all of our lives are very busy so whatever skincare routine you can commit to just make sure you do it consistently. Whether your are working long hours at work or you are a new mom, I know it is really hard to do have the energy to wash your face at night and apply a moisturizer, but I promise you that if you start a daily skin care routine, you will not regret your commitment when you are older. You are investing in your future beautiful and radiant face with minimal wrinkles! So keep it simple. Make sure that whatever time you have, you can do it. Consistently, every day!
If you enjoyed reading about my top 5 proven ways to prevent wrinkles, you may enjoy learning some more tips on ways to maintain a life-long, beautiful complexion. If you sign-up for my newsletter, you will receive a series of 3 instructional videos that will teach you how to clean your skin properly, do a nightly facial massage to plump up the skin and prevent wrinkles as well as the benefits of incorporating organic essential oils like jasmine and neroli into your life.