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The Simplest Ways to Prevent Having Too Many Wrinkles

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published February 19th 2015
Stay Young and Look Good
Nobody likes seeing their face getting more and more wrinkled by the day. While some accept this aging sign with grace, others try to fight it using various beauty products. But, did you know that there are many other very simple ways to prevent having too many wrinkles? Here are some of them:

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1. Drink a lot of water

It is said that a simple habit like drinking a lot of water can take about 10 years off your face. Indeed, water is the fountain of youth. We don't realize what a powerful impact it has upon our bodies and our skin, in particular. Hydration has both direct and indirect effects. You feel better, leaner and fitter, and when you feel better, you look better. Better yet, try out the effects of alkaline water by installing a water ionizing device in your home.

2. Limit your sun exposure

The sun, along with tanning beds, emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In small doses, this helps to promote healthy skin and provides us with Vitamin D, essential for healthy bones and teeth. However, high exposure to UV rays can damage fibers in the skin called 'Elastin', which as the name suggests, is responsible for keeping our skin tight and wrinkle-free.

Limiting your exposure to direct sunlight can not only help to minimize wrinkling, but also reduce your chances of developing more serious conditions like skin cancer. Also, take the time to wear sun screen; not only will this help to protect you from the sun, but also stops your skin from drying out, and provides your skin with other helpful nutrients such as Vitamin E.


3. Eat More Fish

Getting about 8 ounces of fish in your diet each week can drastically reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Fish also help to improve skin elasticity, helping to prevent wrinkling and sagging. Oily fish (which are rich in Omega-3) are particularly beneficial to the skin. Fish such as Tuna, Mackerel, Anchovies, Herring and Salmon are particularly helpful in combatting wrinkling. Fish oil also contains Eicosapentaenoic acid (EHA), which is believed to protect the skin and fight wrinkles. Fish oil can be taken as a supplement, but the best way to get all of the health benefits is to incorporate fish into your diet.

4. Go for a diet rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for growth and development, as well as maintaining a healthy immune system. Vitamin C has a direct impact on collagen stability; without enough Vitamin C, the skin struggles to repair itself adequately and maintain its elasticity, which can lead to sagging or wrinkling of the skin.

Severe lack of Vitamin C can lead to a condition called 'Scurvy', which occurs when the collagen within your skin becomes too unstable to perform its function correctly, leading to brown spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from mucous membranes. Maintaining a diet rich in Vitamin C is essential to living a healthy life, and supporting healthy skin. Some foods that are rich in Vitamin C include; red and green peppers, strawberries, oranges, lemons, blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes.

5. Give up smoking

There are numerous benefits to quitting smoking; aside from the massively reduced risk of cancer, smoking abstinence can massively aid respiration, providing your blood with a richer supply of oxygen which boosts skin elasticity. Furthermore, nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, impairing the blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn't get as much oxygen and other important nutrients, such as vitamin A.

Other toxins from cigarette smoke can damage collagen and Elastin, causing skin to sag prematurely. Other habits, such as pursing your lips to inhale, or squinting your eyes to keep out smoke contribute to wrinkles.

6. Don't frown too much

Frowning too much can develop wrinkling of the skin on your forehead and other areas of your face. Over time, this can damage the Elastin fibers in your skin, leading to deep frown lines.

7. Consume a lot of antioxidants

Antioxidants help to block the activities of other chemicals in your body known as 'Free radicals'. Free radicals can damage cells in your body, including the collagen in your skin, and can even cause cancer. Having a diet rich in Antioxidants has numerous health benefits, and can be applied topically through creams, or through a diet rich in cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, beans, artichokes, and russet potatoes.
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