Take steps today to keep your complexion wrinkle-free.
Step 1: Prevent sun damage Protect your skin from sun damage every single day, year-round, by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15—including on your lips. And wear sunglasses to prevent squinting.
TIP: Look for sunscreen that contains Mexoryl SX, an ingredient that is more effective at blocking UVA rays than other compounds.
Step 2: Curb sweets Cut down on sugar, which some dermatologists believe attaches itself to collagen, causing stiffness that leads to wrinkles.
Step 3: Eat anti-wrinkle foods Eat foods that have been linked to wrinkle prevention: beans, berries, almonds, apples, apricots, oily fish, spinach, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, cooked tomatoes, and watermelon.
Step 4: Drink from the fountain of youth Try beverages that have been linked with smooth skin. Acai berry juice, goji berry juice, and green tea may inhibit wrinkles and help regenerate skin.
TIP: Aim for 4 oz. daily of goji or acai juice and one cup of green tea.
Step 5: Apply the right face cream Apply a daily face cream containing the ingredient retinol, a form of vitamin A that boosts collagen, plus a few of the following antioxidants that prevent wrinkles by protecting skin against free-radical damage: vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, green tea, acai berry, caffeine, and selenium.
TIP: To make sure you’re getting the most anti-wrinkle bang for your buck, look for a cream that lists an antioxidant-containing nutrient as one of the first five ingredients.
Step 6: Moisturize before bed Apply moisturizer just before you go to bed. Dehydrated skin creases more easily, leading to lines. To further minimize wrinkling, sleep on your back.
Step 7: Don’t smoke Don’t smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke. Smoking depletes your skin of oxygen and essential nutrients like vitamin A. It also damages collagen and elastin fibers, which are key to maintaining elasticity.
Step 8: Limit booze Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol dehydrates skin, leading to wrinkling. When you do drink, choose red wine, which offers antioxidants to offset alcohol’s negative impact.
FACT: A study of 400 elderly men and women found that those who ate the most leafy green vegetables and beans had the fewest wrinkles.