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Let’s face it; we all know someone that’s just blessed with age-defying skin that remains wrinkle-free and transit well into their 50s and 60s. Sure, some people get “work done” to maintain a firm skin for longer, but in some cases, it’s just a case of really good genes. Some people are able to continue generating elastin and collagen for much longer than others.
Since we’re not all fortunate enough to have age-defying genes, we have to take certain measures every day to help maintain wrinkle-free skin for longer.
Frowning or Squinting Often
Frowning, furrowing or raising your eyebrows often will set you up for wrinkly skin way before you’re ready for it. That’s because movements like squinting and frowning contract the muscles on your face, causing wrinkles to form over time. The more you repeat these movements, the more wrinkled your skin becomes, so try to minimize your facial movements, and make time to de-stress so that you’re not frowning or squinting often.
Sleeping on Your Stomach or Side
When you think about it, it makes sense to sleep on your back if you want to avoid wrinkles on your facial skin, because sleeping on your side actually smashes your skin onto the pillow, causing it to crease and form wrinkles.
Basically, smashing your skin onto a pillow in the same position for about 6 to 8 hours of sleep means you’ll most likely wake up with more wrinkles than you had when you went to bed.
Rubbing Your Eyes
The most delicate part of your body is the skin around your eyes which is why it’s so important to be gentle when touching it. Rubbing your eyes vigorously and/or frequently will stretch this part of your skin out, leading to wrinkle formation. The same thing happens when you apply makeup because the application process requires you to stretch the skin, causing the collagen and elastin to break down.
Eating Too Much Sugar
We all know that eating too much sugar will lead to cavities in our teeth and a few tummy rolls at the most. However, very few of us are aware of the connection between sugar intake and aging. The truth is that the hormonal changes caused by consuming too much sugar can damage your elastin and collagen levels, causing wrinkles to form over time.
Smoking is one of the biggest enemies to healthy skin. It causes sagginess and wrinkles to form, bags under the eyes and on the upper eyelids, as well as on the chin and below the lips. All of these and other signs of skin damage have been observed in identical twins who took part in a study in which one smoked and the other didn’t.
So why does smoking cause so much damage to the skin?
For one, your blood vessels get constricted due to the nicotine, which prevents your skin from getting the nutrients and oxygen it needs to thrive and glow. Secondly, each cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals that are highly damaging to your skin’s elastin and collagen stores, not to mention your lungs and other organs.
One of the best ways to restore that natural bounce and suppleness to the skin is to use a nourishing serum like the ReFa EXPRESSION PLATINUM SERUM. Formulated with a botox-like ingredient known as Neuron X, this serum works to smooth fine lines by targeting mimetic muscles to erase the memory trace of wrinkles. Slowly incorporate this into your daily routine and you will start seeing the difference. Just two drops a day to keep the wrinkles at bay.