Updated January, 2020.
When you think of reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet, what first comes to mind? Botox? A face lift? Or a $500 jar of face cream at the very least?
You don't have to take extreme measures and spend a fortune on invasive procedures and a fancy 'youth in a jar' to help target signs of aging. Read further to get skin care secrets (some are holistic!) to address wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet without having to step foot into a plastic surgeon's office.
1. An Avocado a Day Keeps the Plastic Surgeon Away
Good skin starts from the inside out, and an avocado should be part of your diet (unless you're allergic, of course). Avocados are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and not to mention, a good fat that helps keep the skin glowing and supple, slowing down the formation of wrinkles.
2. Sunscreen is the Number One Anti-Wrinkle Cream!
You can wear the most expensive moisturizer that was formulated in the south of France by expert chemists, but if you skimp on sunscreen, your efforts (and spending) are totally in vain.
The sun's harsh ultraviolet rays are the top cause of premature aging, therefore, the most important anti-wrinkle cream is one that protects your skin from the sun- and that is...drum roll please...sunscreen.
Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Wear sunscreen all year round, rain or shine. The UV rays are still present even on cloudy days. Even if you stay indoors, the UV rays will find a way to get to your skin. Don't rely on makeup that has a built-in SPF- that won't suffice, as most are not broad spectrum.
3. Limit Caffeine & Alcohol Consumption
No one said looking forever ageless like Christie Brinkley would be a piece of cake. Sacrifices need to be made in order to see the results you want. As heartbreaking as it sounds, you may have to swap your daily cup of java for a hot mug of green tea instead.
Although green tea also contains caffeine, it is still a healthier alternative to coffee because of its natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may not deliver the same perk-factor as a dark roast latte you're craving, but it will help wake you up a little.
Alcohol is even worse than caffeine because not only is it highly taxing on the liver, but it dehydrates the heck out of your skin, increasing the appearance of lines, and overtime, the number of wrinkles (let's not even get into cigarettes).
In a nutshell, caffeine and booze deplete the body's hydration levels, leaving it looking older and dull. Although some studies have shown that caffeine may have some health benefits, it causes inflammation, which is not favorable if you are wanting to have a younger-looking skin. If you can't live without coffee, try to limit yourself to one to two cups a day.
4. Invest in a Serum or Two
A proper skin care regimen that suits your skin type is important- from cleansers to moisturizers. However, don't overlook investing in a serum because they are bottles of concentrated liquid that addresses specific skin issues- you have to find the right serum for you.
Serums typically have a smaller molecular weight, which means it will penetrate deeper in the skin, thereby delivering better results. In the morning, apply a Vitamin C Serum underneath your moisturizer with a built-in SPF.
Vitamin C helps fight free radical damage and also has brightening properties, therefore it will enhance the benefits of a sunscreen. At night, try a serum that contains anti-aging ingredients such as peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and botanical ingredients.
5. Moisturize at Night, Including the Eye Area
After washing your face at night (and please don't forget to do so every night), apply the serum of your choice, followed by a moisturizer that also contains anti-aging ingredients. If you use both an anti-aging serum and moisturizer, you'll amp up the benefits and help target wrinkles and fine lines even further.
Furthermore, don't neglect the eye area. You can use an eye cream, or simply apply the serum and face moisturizer on the eye area as well This way, you will slow the formation of Crow's feet around the eyes. Or you can try a natural home remedy by applying maruka honey on crow's feet and fine lines to help soften their appearance.
6. Invest in a Red Light Therapy Device
Boycott a trip to the derm's office and bring the 'dermatologist' to you by investing in an at-home red light therapy device. This will help boost collagen production in the skin, improve the skin's elasticity and texture, and also target age spots.
However, don't skip the trip to your dermatology appointment for serious, medical skin issues such as skin cancer detection.
Follow these 6 tips and your skin is bound to look younger and radiant!