Your skin, a living organ, will start to show signs of aging as early as your 20s; but with some extra care, you can slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A good skin-care regimen should focus on hydration, as aging facial skin can lose the ability to retain moisture, which is essential for fighting creases. Consistent topical care and strengthening the skin on a cellular level are two additional ways to avoid unwanted wrinkles. Start your war on wrinkles as early as possible to get the best-looking skin.
1 Dampen a washcloth with cool water and then wring out the excess water. Squirt a dab of gentle cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This active ingredient exfoliates away dead skin cells and debris while plumping up the skin. Rinse the cleanser away with cool/warm water. Using a soft towel, pat the skin dry, never pulling or tugging on your facial skin.
2 Help thwart the signs of aging by applying a daily facial serum containing antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and green tea. Antioxidant ingredients not only fight free radicals, they also offer individual anti-aging benefits such as skin brightening and moisturization. Invest in your skin with serums for day and night wear. Look for daytime products designed to boost collagen -- a needed ingredient for keeping skin tight. A day serum should also include a SPF of 15 or higher for protection from the sun's damaging rays. A night serum needs to repair skin damage while you sleep, so select a serum with vitamin C or retinoids.
3 Moisturize your face after every cleansing. Use moisturizers that contain hydrating ingredients such as petrolatum or glycerin. Drink at least six, eight-ounce glasses of water each day to keep your skin hydrated.
4 Sleep at least seven hours a day. Good sleep helps skin heal and repair after daily wear and tear. Avoid temporary sleep wrinkles by resting on your back, never your face. Be mindful of squinting when you read or concentrate. Address squinting issues caused by eye weakness by visiting an ophthalmologist.
5 Eat fresh fruits and vegetables regularly. Choose brightly colored foods representing yellows, reds, greens and purples. Foods such as blueberries and spinach contain antioxidants that boost the skin's defenses. Take a daily dose of chromium, which helps regulate blood sugar to help prevent wrinkles.
6 The sun is one of the chief reasons for damaged skin. Even riding in your car or going for a walk can create wrinkles on your unprotected skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen before stepping outdoors. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation. For lip protection, try a lip balm with sunscreen. Makeup that has SPF can also add layers of sun protection.