The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to "sleep lines" -- wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin and don't disappear once you're up. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping facedown gives you a furrowed brow. To reduce wrinkle formation, the AAD says, sleep on your back.
Eat More Fish -- Particularly Salmon
Not only is salmon (along with other cold-water fish) a great source of protein -- one of the building blocks of great skin -- it's also an awesome source of an essential fatty acid known as omega-3. Yale dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, tells WebMD that essential fatty acids nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles
Don't Squint -- Get Reading Glasses!
The AAD says repetitive facial movement -- like squinting -- overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin's surface. This groove eventually becomes a wrinkle. Keep those eyes wide: Wear reading glasses if you need them. And get savvy about sunglasses, which can protect skin around the eyes from sun damage and keep you from squinting.
Slather on Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
These natural fruit acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes. New evidence shows that in higher concentrations, AHAs may help stimulate collagen production. Opt for a gentle exfoliator such as Skinceutical Retexturing Serum as this revolutionary resurfacing and replenishing serum surpasses the results of a 20% daily glycolic treatment while simultaneously reinforcing the skin’s barrier for healthier, more radiant skin. Retexturing Activator harnesses two polar mechanisms — exfoliation and hydration — to activate skin’s regeneration response, visibly diminishing surface lines and transforming skin’s fabric into a smoother, softer texture. Using patent-pending technology, this unique treatment contains a 25% concentration of a paradoxal compound discovered to be highly effective at promoting cell differentiation while optimizing the skin's amino acid supply to reinforce the barrier, resulting in the most efficient epidermal renewal. Potent without harsh side effects, Retexturing Activator is formulated in an efficient, oil-free delivery system suitable for all skin types.
Trade Coffee for Cocoa
In a study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that cocoa containing high levels of two dietary flavonols (epicatchin and catechin) protected skin from sun damage, improved circulation to skin cells, affected hydration, and made the skin look and feel smoother. Delicious!
Don't Over-Wash Your Face
According to dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away protection. And unless your soap contains skin-protecting moisturisers, use a facial cleanser instead of soap.
Try Topical Vitamin C
Studies at Tulane University, among others, have found that vitamin C can increase collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, correct pigmentation problems, and improve inflammatory skin conditions. The key, however, may be the type of vitamin C used. To date, most research points to L-ascorbic acid as the most potent for wrinkle relief.
Sunscreen is Not Enough
Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, professor of dermatology at Duke University, USA, believes that sunscreens alone don’t give enough protection to your skin aging ageing and cancer. “You need antioxidants too”, he says. “They protect every cell in your body, and also protect the skin from sun exposure”.Skinceutical vitamin Serums are the best anti-ageing antioxidant available for the skin. Dr Pinnell has researched ways of allowing antioxidants to be absorbed by your skin, and his SkinCeuticals range gives more lasting protection than sunscreens alone. He recommends you use the range plus broad spectrum sunscreen.
Eat More Soy
Research shows that soy may help protect against or heal some of the sun's photo-ageing damage. One study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, reported that a soy-based supplement (whose ingredients also included vitamins, fish protein, and extracts from white tea, grape seed, and tomato) improved the skin's structure and firmness after just six months.
Practice Good Skin Care Basics
If you really want to keep your skin looking young, start with the essentials. You've heard these recommendations before, but they bear repeating:
- Avoid the sun
- Wear sunscreen Don't smoke Use moisturiser Eat a well-balanced diet. Get enough restful sleep. Drink plenty of clean fresh mineral water.