12 ways we are preventing wrinkles!

One of the freelance companies I worked with said, after much research "You know, we thought that people start caring about anti-aging in their late 30's, early 40's. Turns out, 24 year olds are the folks that are the most interested in prevention!" 

Guilty. Describe my life, steal my identity, falsify my records. You figured out my life.

After surviving the teen years, and thinking that some small whiteheads are my biggest issues, and really harassing my skin to get rid of the bumps as soon as I could be, I realized that there are bigger monsters that do not go away. Ever. My monsters found a new camp, put up a flag on the top of my forehead, and they are gaining more troops. I used to walk down the street with a mean mug, scrunched eyebrows, avoiding "Hey baby, smile for me" demands. Now? Now I think of the wrinkles that are forming. Shout out to the stoic Slavic roots. They're gonna keep me looking youthful, like a little vampire. 

I started doing some research, and have been experimenting with some preventative tools. 

SPF

As someone who only started wearing SPF this year (I know. how can I have missed the biggest rule of life?!), I now feel very self conscious every time I am in the sun without the protective layer. SPF helps protect against the sun's UVB rays, which can lead to skin damage, cause sunburn, and may contribute to skin cancer. Many makeup products already contain SPF (such as lotions, foundations) but I find that it's usually not enough. SPF 15 blocks about 93% of the UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. 

I've been really loving the Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50, deciding not to take any chances. What I love about it is that it leaves my skin nurtured and moistened, leaving it with a glow but not a white cast (or gray like some people get from SPF). It's not the cheapest, running at $43 per its 1.7oz, but I like the smell, the finish, the application. It sits nicely under a full face of makeup, but it does leave a slight sheen by end of day on my face. I don't mind, as I prefer to look a little more glowy than dry, which is my skin's natural state. 

Vitamin C

Like SPF, Vitamin C to me is a preventative measure that is an investment in the future. It may help my skin under a microscope, but ultimately I use it as a bet on my skin in 5, 10, 15 years from now. Vitamin C is __

The first and only product I've used for Vitamin C was the Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum. It's pricy as all hell because it's a Drunk Elephant product, but it does give me a wonderful glow, and I almost feel like many of today's Vitamin C products are pricy, perhaps because there is a trend for it now? It's got a nice orange tint, but it doesn't reflect on your skin, so no orange vibes here. The smell is botanical, nothing fruity or anything that I would say is memorable. This one retails for $80 for its 1 oz. 

I've also been looking at Sunday Riley and am always checking out other brands to stay abreast of which companies are creating which product lines. Please let me know if you use Vitamin C, and what works best for you! 

Vitamin E

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I picked up Vitamin E in order to help the acne on my back and chest heal faster. Turns out, Vitamin E's main objective is to not only help with healing your scars, but also leave skin nourished, moisturized, and prepared to fight wrinkles and lines. 

I picked up the Jason's Vitamin E Oil 45,000 IU from Whole Foods, which runs at 8.49 for the 2 oz bottle. I would not recommend using this on your face because the oil is very molases-like. It's also sticky for the first 2-5 minutes, but then it soaks in. But it serves as a fantastic massage oil for the evening when you can put a shirt over it and not worry about sticking to your sheets. It has been really helpful in making my acne scars on my back reduce in size, and become lighter in color. Next time, I'll be sure to pick up the less viscous oil, but it might be less potent. 

Genetics

This one is a tough one to hear. Some men and women are simply gifted with good skin! They age slower, aren't as prone to skin damage, and have better genetics to keep them afloat if do make any occasional mistakes (sleeping with makeup on, not enough nutrients, etc). I've also seen folks who treat their bodies very poorly, nearly never exercising, drinking often, consuming lots of fried foods, and having the skin of gods. It's not fair, but it's also not a concern to you. Genetics will determine your future, but you have a large say in the aging process with your habits. Just remember this when you see models or actors with perfect skin, assuming that they are using some potent potions that they are selling you. Often, it's not Maybelline. Often, she really is born with it.

Sleep

A boring thing to consider, because we can't package sleep in a nice container and sell it off as a sexy "it" product. But sleep will give you a much better benefit than any other serum out there! Sleep helps 

Avoiding smoking

Sexy in photos, not so sexy on the skin.

Low alcohol consumption

 

Eye Creme

Do not forget the humble eye creme, that works diligently to make sure your eyes are young, plump, and look beautiful even with some smile lines. 

Water

No brainer. Drink your water. Flesh out the crap. I've been following the advice of taking how many pounds you weigh, dividing it by 2, and that's how many ounces of water you should consume daily. So if you weigh 200lbs, aim to drink 100oz, or a little more than 12 cups per day. Obviouslty, listen to your body. Drink more or less depending on how you're feeling, or how a health proffessional would advise.

Healthy Diet

When I stopped eating sugar, my skin immediately thanked me. I started noticing a lot less bumps, and if they occurred, their would go away significantly sooner. Sugar may not be a trigger for you, so it will take some work figuring out whether any particular category sets your skin off. When it comes to recommendations, every source will tell you to consume your vegetables, and fruits, and stay away from processed foods. I highly recommend experimenting with different diets (no, not like the 'cabbage diet' or the 'coffee diet'). Try paleo, vegetarian, vegan, Whole 30, ketogenic, etc. Figure out which foods leave your body feeling great, because many of the foods that bother some people, may have no impact on your body, and vice versa. I've never had a problem with dairy, so when nutritionists recommend quitting it, I ignore the advice because my body responds to it quite well. Do your research, speak with a health professional, and read up on different diets that are available. A healthy diet means a healthy interior, which means healthy skin that will serve you for years to come.

There are also pretty simple steps you can take, such as incorporating many more foods with antioxidants into your diet, including berries, green veggies like kale and spinach, cranberries, kidney beans, etc.

Facials, massages

An esthetician can pinpoint specific treatments for your skin type, and condition better than you can with tweezers and rubbing alcohol. Try to get a facial at least once per quarter to shed your dead skin cells, check in with a professional about how your skin is doing, popping your blackheads and bumps in a safe environment, and of course to get relaxed and pampered.

Massages are a fantastic way to reduce wrinkles, but they are very tricky so make sure to learn from the pros first before you mush and press harshly against your skin, causing more harm than good. My favorites to learn from are __ and --.

 

Leaving your skin alone

This goes for all of us who love to pick at the bumps, acne spots, blackheads, whiteheads, etc. The more we irritate the skin, the more scarring happens, and the worse skin begins to appear.

 

What am I missing from my regimen? What would you recommend for anti-aging?

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Khrystyna Oros