Our dermatology specialists in Wilsonville know firsthand just how important healthy, vibrant-looking skin is to many of our patients. Unwanted wrinkles and frown lines can make many patients feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, you can take some steps to reduce wrinkles so your skin stays looking youthful and smooth.
Let’s take a look at a few tips our dermatology specialists in Wilsonville recommend for patients wanting to reduce wrinkles.
Let’s Start with the Basics
If you really want youthful looking skin, you need to embrace the basics of daily skin care. The biggest contributor to premature wrinkles is sun exposure. Limiting how much time you spend outdoors without protection will go a long way towards ensuring your skin remains tight and firm.
In terms of pure skin care basics, make sure you:
- Stay out of the sun. This means no tanning, real or artificial.
- Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen whenever you leave the home. This also includes during the winter months.
- Wear clothing that offers protection from the sun, such as long sleeves and pants.
- Use a daily moisturizer.
- Don’t smoke.
Just by following these simple tips, you’ll save your skin from a significant amount of unwanted damage.
Sleep on Your Back
Sleeping in the same position night after night for a lifetime can lead to the development of “sleep lines” – wrinkles that appear on the top layers of your skin that don’t fade once you’re up and about.
Sleeping on your side can create wrinkles that develop on your chin and cheek, while sleeping face down gives you a furrowed looking brow. Sleeping on your back, however, will leave your skin looking untouched in the morning.
Eat More Salmon
Salmon (along with other types of cold-water fish) makes an excellent source of protein, one of the primary building block of great-looking skin. Salmon also has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which experts say are essential to help keep skin nourished and looking youthful and plump.
If you don’t care for salmon, trout, whitefish, cod, mackerel, mahi mahi, and even canned tuna all contain high levels of omega-3.
Get New Glasses
Any facial expression you make over and over, day after day, will overwork your facial muscles and create wrinkles that sit beneath the surface of the skin. Over time, those wrinkles become grooves.
Squinting as you try reading an email, blog post, or anything else can cause lines to develop along the edge of your eyes and mouth. So get reading glass if you need them. You may also want to invest in a new pair of sunglasses. Not only will they help to keep you from squinting in the bright sunlight, they will also help to protect your eyes from sun exposure.
Don’t Skimp on the Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
These natural acids work to strip away the top layer of dead skin cells. A fresher face can reduce the appearance of fine lines, pores, and surface wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Stronger types of AHAs may even help to boost the amount of collagen your skin produces. Collagen is a protein that works to make skin firmer and stronger.
Using AHAs on a daily basis can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so make sure to wear sunscreen every day if you decide to add products with AHAs to your daily skin care regimen.
Don’t Wash Your Face Too Often
Hot water strips your skin of natural oils and moisture, both of which help to protect against wrinkles. By washing your face too frequently, you remove that vital protection.
Instead of washing with soap and hot water, try using a combination of gels, moisturizers, and a cream cleanser instead.
Add a Little Vitamin C to Your Skin
Research has found that creams containing vitamin C can help to boost the amount of collagen skin produces. Additionally, vitamin C works to reduce dark spots, redness, and uneven skin tone.
Unfortunately, you can just apply orange juice to your face to receive the benefits offered by vitamin C. You need to look for brands use L-ascorbic acid or ascorbyl palmitate (two types of helpful vitamin C) to reduce wrinkles.
Our Dermatology Specialist in Wilsonville Can Help You Look and Feel Younger
If younger, healthier looking is what you hope to achieve as we move towards the new year, our team at Valley View Dermatology can help. Schedule an appointment with a dermatology specialist in Wilsonville today to start getting the results you’ve been hoping for.