5 Ways to Deal with Premature Wrinkles

How many of you who are in your 30s and early 40s have looked in the mirror and saw—gasp!—a wrinkle somewhere on your face? Those pesky crow's feet and forehead wrinkles sure can creep up on you. You might feel a moment of despair when you first notice these wrinkles, but there are a few different ways you can tackle those unwanted premature wrinkles.

1. Up Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin our bodies require in order to stay healthy. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that reduces the amount of damage done by exposure to the sun. Antioxidants like vitamin C work to prevent free radicals (which are the result of natural bodily functions as well as certain environmental factors) from damaging the cells found in our skin. There are serums rich in vitamin C that people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can use to combat signs of aging skin.

2. Exfoliate

Even if you are still in your 20's, there is no harm in finding a gentle exfoliator for your skin and at least using it periodically. Using an exfoliator helps to remove dead skin particles and pieces of damaged, dull skin that are still clinging on for dear life. When you exfoliate, you open up more passageways for oxygen to get through your multiple layers of skin and do its job.

3. Protect Your Skin against the Sun

The sun's harmful rays do even more damage to your skin than you might expect. In fact, sun exposure causes more wrinkles than genetics! If you're a sun bunny who lays out for hours in the warm weather, you might want to reconsider your sunbathing habits. Always liberally apply sunscreen on your skin. Be especially mindful of your face since it tends to bear the brunt of all sunburns. Also, make sure you wear sunglasses since constant squinting might lead to some premature wrinkles.

4. Cut Out Smoking Cigarettes and Drinking Alcohol

Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption have been shown to contribute to premature aging of the skin. Wrinkles tend to become more pronounced and have an earlier onset in smokers. Even cutting down on your habits can help, but cutting out smoking and drinking can lead to even healthier and better-oxygenated skin.

5. Getting Botox Injections

Botox is the commercial form of Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein that stops the release of acetylcholine and produces flaccid paralysis in the muscles around an injection site. Botox, which is marketed by the pharmaceutical company Allergan, has been used to treat sagging skin and wrinkles as well as a wide array of various physical disorders. Botox has been successfully used in many patients since the late 1970s. However, some people have allergies to Botox, so make sure you speak with a professional at a clinic like Sollay Laser Center about potential allergies before having the procedure done.

If you look in the mirror and see a wrinkle, don't panic! Wrinkles can settle in early, often due to genetic predisposition. However, you can take some of the preventative and protective measures listed above to keep your skin looking youthful, vibrant, and as wrinkle-free as possible for years to come.

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