How to combat those pesky wrinkles
It’s amazing to me how you can have plump, youthful, glowing skin one day, and the next morning you wake up and look in the mirror and see crow’s feet and elevens. You know what elevens are, right? Those lovely wrinkles that form between your eyes, just above your nose?
Crow’s feet and elevens are a dead giveaway that you’ve transitioned from the 30s to the 40s. At 41, I feel like I find new wrinkles every time I look in the mirror.
What can we do about them!? Especially once they’ve already made their appearance? I’ve been doing some research and this is what I’ve come up with.
1. Live a healthy lifestyle.
Even if you haven’t always had great nutrition, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. You can turn your health around by starting right now. Increase your vegetable intake (don’t like veggies? try a smoothie!), eat more fish (particularly salmon), and drink TONS of water. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol. Get outside and exercise. And for goodness sake, don’t smoke!
2. Wear sunscreen.
We know this, of course. And yet many of us spent our formative years baking with baby oil all over our bodies. GACK!!! But it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself. Even though I like to tan my body, I always, ALWAYS put sunscreen on my face. A little bit of color on my face is not worth another wrinkle. And after all, that’s what bronzer is for!
3. Get regular facials.
Facials and other similar spa procedures are non-invasive and a great way to keep your skin looking its best for as long as possible.
4. Invest in a quality skincare system, and USE IT.
This is another no-brainer, really, but I’m always amazed to discover women my age who don’t have a good skincare regimen. My mom started me on Lancome when I was a teenager, and I’ve taken good care of my skin ever since. I could count on one hand the times in my entire LIFE that I have gone to bed without taking off my makeup and applying moisturizer. It’s as much a part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth, and I credit these habits with keeping my skin wrinkle-free for as long as it has. I’m finally at 41 starting to see fine lines forming, which isn’t half bad, if you ask me.
Which brings me to #5.
5. Consider a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure such as microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.
Healthy living and good skincare will only get you so far. Then it’s time to decide if you want to consider a more, ahem, assertive approach to keeping those lines and wrinkles in check. Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels smooth away the top layer of skin and make way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace it. I’m about ready to look into microdermabrasion treatments for my own skin. I can’t wait to tell you how it goes!!
Want to join me in practicing these good habits??? Let’s keep the sands of time moving very sloooowwwwly through that hourglass.