Premature wrinkles might have turned up in your life like an unwanted guest in recent years, but there are ways of preventing them, and stopping them from getting worse! The key is to avoid the sorts of habits that cause them, and the foods that encourage them. Here’s how to do it.
Types of wrinkles
According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, researchers in Belgium found that there are four different types of wrinkles.
- The first type is “atrophic crinkling rhytids”. Sounds like some kind of insect, but there we are. There are fine lines on the face that run parallel to each other. They are associated with a loss of elasticity, and collagen.
- The second type is called “permanent elastic creases”. These are crease lines that become more permanent over time. They may appear on the cheeks, the upper lip or the base of the neck region.
- Next comes “dynamic expression lines”. These are caused by facial muscle movement. They are commonly known at frown or smile lines, and crow’s feet also fit into this category.
- The fourth type is “gravitational folds”. Hm, well, as the name implies, they are caused by gravity, and they mostly occur in thin people and can be sorted with cosmetic surgery.
What are some habits that cause wrinkles?
Sleeping with your makeup on and forgetting to wash your face and moisturise are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to wrinkle creation.
Aggressively tugging at the skin around your eyes when you put on eyeliner can also lead to puffiness, broken blood vessels and the dreaded wrinkles. Dr. Julia Tzu at Wall Street Dermatology recommends purchasing an eyeliner that glides over your skin, rather than using one that’s more difficult to apply.
Experts also argue that less is more. So applying makeup remover, face wash, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, sunscreen and wrinkle filler might not be entirely essential, for example. Try going for a moisturiser that contains antioxidants and an SPF.
Cleaning your face and neck with products that strip them of their natural oils is also thought to increase the likelihood of some horrible wrinkles forming. Smoking is also a massive culprit. Think hydration, honey, hydration.
Foods that cause wrinkles
So the food you eat affects how likely you are to experience fine lines sooner? Oh yes.
Let’s start with sugar. Sugar is the number one food (if you can call it a food) to avoid in order to slow down the ageing process. It makes us fat, and it makes us wrinkly, since it cross-links with collagen, dehydrating the skin and making it less flexible.
Potatoes and grains are the next worse thing to consume, as they are essentially broken down into sugar, too! They use up all our lovely minerals when they’re metabolised. Gr. What a trick.
Alcohol dehydrates you like you wouldn’t believe! Out go the B vitamins, the vitamin A and C. Chau. Down the grain go magnesium, zinc, and the essential fatty acids. Boo. We need all these elements to help protect us against free radicals and premature aging.
Trans fats (hydrogenated fats) reduce the fluidity of our cells, get up into our liver and cause inflammation and aging. What a disaster. To avoid them, you’ll need to cut out all deep fried food, and anything in a packet that keeps for a long time, like biscuits.
Processed meats are another major culprit. They contain a lot of salt and preservatives, use up vitamin C, and generally cause inflammation. This is all a nightmare when it comes to collagen formation.
Artificial sweeteners might taste delicious, but they are not your liver’s idea of a good time. Our liver plays a key role in slowing down the aging process, so just like alcohol, it’s best to give them a miss.
Caffeine: I know, you were hoping I wouldn’t say coffee. It’s ok, though. Just minimise it as much as you can, and make sure you counteract the dehydrating effects of your low-fat, de-caf latte with more water than usual!
Milk and cheese can clog up the body and cause constipation, acne and eczema. Casein is the culprit found in these foods. It’s also a major causative factor when it comes to inflammation – which is why we product more mucus when we consume them. Ditch these foods and find an alternative. Nut milk, for example, makes a brilliant replacement.