Wrinkles are a natural part of ageing, but that doesn't mean you can't take steps to prevent them. The earlier you start taking care of your skin through a thorough skin care routine and healthy lifestyle choices, the better your chances of avoiding wrinkles and fine lines.
When Do Wrinkles And Fine Lines Start To Appear?
Wrinkles and fine lines appear due to collagen production slowing down and this starts to happen around your mid twenties.
In your 20s, your skin is still relatively youthful and elastic, which means it can bounce back from damage more easily. However, if you don't take care of your skin during this time, you may start to see signs of ageing earlier than you'd like. In your 30s, collagen production slows down further, and skin starts to lose elasticity, which can lead to wrinkles and fine lines.
The age at which wrinkles start to appear can vary depending on factors such as sun exposure, lifestyle and genetics as well as your skin type. However, on average, most people start to notice wrinkles and fine lines in their 30s.
How Can You Prevent Wrinkles?
Preventing wrinkles is all about taking care of your skin and protecting it from potential damage. Here are some tips to help you prevent wrinkles and fine lines at every stage of life:
In your 20s
Wear sunscreen every day
Sun damage is one of the biggest contributors to wrinkles and fine lines, so it's essential to protect your skin from UV rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even when it's cloudy outside.
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A good skincare routine
Ensuring you have a good skin care routine in your 20’s will helps prepare for your skin for ageing in later life. Ensure you are cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin daily and always applying an SPF daily. Keeping your skin hydrated can help prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming. Choose a moisturiser that's right for your skin type and use it every day.
In your 30s
Add a retinol to your skincare routine
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. Introducing a retinol based product in your 30’s will ensure to slow down any fine lines and wrinkles that may begin to appear.
Get enough sleep
Our skin rejuvenates whilst we sleep! After applying your nightly skin care routine, ensure you are getting plenty of beauty sleep to allow those products to work their magic. Tired skin can be stressed skin, so ensuring at least 8 hours of sleep a night can help eliminate tired, stressed skin.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy fats contributes to healthy skin, inside and out. The saying “We are what we eat” really becomes applicable as we age. Ensuring the body is fuelled with good nutritious foods will not only make you feel better, it shows in your skin also!
In your 40s
All the steps above are applicable but some extra tips to try in your forties are:
Use a neck cream
The skin on your neck is thinner and more delicate than the skin on your face, so it's important to take extra care of it. Use a neck cream to help prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. SKINICIAN has created multifunctional anti-ageing skincare products so when applying products to your face, why not extend them down on to your neck and décolleté to prevent wrinkles appearing on the neck area.
Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, which can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we get older our skin starts to become drier so including either a chemical or mechanical exfoliator into your routine can help to leave skin feeling smoother and brighter.
In your 50s+
Use a hydrating serum
As we age, skin may become drier, which can lead to more pronounced wrinkles and fine lines. Using a hydrating serum can help keep your skin looking plump and youthful. Consider a serum such as the SKINICIAN Vitamin C Elixir packed full of skin hydrating ingredients such as Vitamin E and Avocado Oil with the added benefit of Vitamin C to speed up collagen production and leave skin hydrated, brighter and plumper.
Get regular facials
Having a great skin care routine is an amazing step in helping to prevent wrinkles in your fifties but consider heading to a facialist for a series of treatments. Professional treatments can help to address skin concerns quicker and deeper than products at home can and a course of professional peeling treatments can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by exfoliating and hydrating the skin.
Avoid harsh skincare products
As your skin becomes more delicate, it's important to avoid using harsh skincare products that can cause irritation and inflammation. The Revitalising skincare products from SKINICIAN are perfect for sensitive and delicate skins as they have been formulated with soothing ingredients such as Chamomile and Green Tea to soothe, cleanse and hydrate sensitive skin.
Wrinkles are a natural part of ageing, but there are steps you can take to prevent them from appearing prematurely. By taking care of your skin and protecting it from sun and environmental damage, you can keep it looking youthful and healthy at every stage of life. Remember to wear sunscreen, moisturise regularly, and eat a healthy diet to give your skin the best chance to age gracefully.
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