How to stop wrinkles in their track

How to stop wrinkles in their track

With each new day, we are another day older, and for some this is a scary reality. Does it have to be though? Today research, funds, scientists, and most people on the planet are invested in anti-ageing, longevity and stem cell regeneration! With wellness and general wellbeing being the core focus of it all, we are discovering new and interesting ways to slow down the ageing process and actually live fuller lives for longer. That doesn’t sound scary at all?

Wellness, however, starts with you! It takes understanding and a good skin and body care regimen to achieve such wellness within, which ultimately reflects on the outside. Speaking of outside, the dreaded “laugh lines”, “frown lines”, “crows’ feet”, or whatever name you choose to feel better about them, are the things we tend to loathe the most when it comes to ticking our birthdays off the calendar each year.

So why do we develop these “ageing” lines?

  1. Did you know that every time you squint, smile, or frown at someone you’re using a facial muscle which forms a groove beneath the surface of the skin? As your skin ages it loses its flexibility and is no longer able to spring back in place. These grooves then become permanent features on your face.
  2. From the age of 25, your body’s natural collagen production starts to deplete at a rate that our regular diets can’t keep up with restoring. This leaves our skin less elastic, more fragile and ultimately – wrinkly!
  3. It’s no secret that UV light exposure speeds up the natural ageing process by breaking down your skin's connective tissue and without that support, your skin loses strength and starts to sag - cue the facial lines!
  4. Genetics have always been rumoured to play a huge role in wrinkling, but the fact is that’s only true regarding the “time” of your life that you start to wrinkle.
  5. Lifestyle choices like smoking and all toxin exposure in fact, accelerate the ageing of skin.

Tips to try and avoid expression lines

  • Stop laughing. Just kidding. Laughter is the best medicine for our skin in fact, Serotonin (the feel good hormone) is actually considered to be one of the best natural anti-aging elixirs.
  • Embrace your skintone and avoid the poolside session. There are healthier ways to get a tan and safer ways to enjoy being out in the sun. Try using a skin-care product with a built-in sun protection factor.
  • Moisturising traps water in your skin, which helps mask tiny lines and creases.
  • Quit smoking and toxin exposure and get into the habit of detoxing!
  • Turn to superfoods! Increase your intake of avocadoes, chia seeds, egg whites, ginger and salmon for fine line reduction.

All “lined” up already? Consider these treatments:

Galvanic Facials

A popular choice for anti-ageing, line minimizing and wrinkle reducing. Galvanic current penetrates the deepest layers of your skin to boost elastin, collagen production, and stimulate healthy oil production and get that youthful, glowing appearance you miss from your twenties!

Cosmetic treatments

These do the trick, but for how long? Make sure you know what you’re paying for. When treating wrinkles by tightening the skin, botox, chemical peels and dermal fillers are just some of the go-to treatments for the short-term. Laser therapy and dermabrasion, however, offer long-term, permanent skin tightening effects.

Go natural

Natural is important for skin wellness! Try taking a daily aloe supplement for a significant reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. Banana masks are great too!
No matter the age, colour or texture of your skin, we all have a responsibility to take care of it. With all the dangerous skin conditions we’re faced with today, protecting ourselves from the harshness that our skin is exposed to is paramount. Ageing is natural, but when done the right way, you can do it safely and gracefully.

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