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How to Prevent Wrinkles


In a previous blog post, we discussed some reasons why we get wrinkles. 

Of course, an important question is: what can we do to slow down skin wrinkling?

There are three ways to address wrinkles:

1. The superficial method: camouflaging or fixing the wrinkles (so not really preventing wrinkles)

2. Preventing extrinsic skin damage

3. Addressing the root cause of wrinkles: aging itself

1. The superficial method

This entails treatments that mainly want to camouflage or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This can be done via: 

  • Fillers: e.g., injections with hyaluronic acid, fat or collagen.

  • Micro needling: puncturing small holes in the skin, so that the skin repairs itself more which could also improve wrinkles. Micro needling could actually deplete the stem cells in the skin because they have to work more to repair the damaged skin every time.

  • Dermabrasion: scraping of the skin, so that the skin repairs itself more which could reduce wrinkles. As with micro needling, dermabrasion could potentially deplete the stem cells in the skin because they have to work more to repair the damaged skin every time.

  • Botox injections. Botox is a substance that prevents the nerves from activating the muscles in your face. You move less facial muscles, so you get less wrinkles. 

  • Laser therapy: laser light to stimulate skin cells and also kill them so the skin repairs itself more.

  • Chemical peels: using chemicals to remove the upper layers of the skin, which actually could deplete the stem cells in the skin because they have to work more to repair the damaged skin.

  • Facelifts, including micro-face lifts. 

  • Injections with regenerating substances like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells.  

From all these methods, probably fillers and PRP treatments are the most interesting ones.

Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro needling and laser therapy could potentially damage the skin stem cells. In the short term, these treatments could make your skin look better (because it has to repair and regenerate itself more). But in the long term, the skin stem cells can become depleted or dysfunctional sooner, which is one of the reasons why our skin ages in the first place

2. Preventing extrinsic skin damage

This method involves trying to reduce as much as possible extrinsic damage to the skin. This involves things like:

  • Protecting the skin against too much sun exposure. This means sun cream people! And caps and hats.

  • Not smoking.

  • Not drinking too much alcohol.

  • Eating a healthy diet. So eating a lot of vegetables, fruits, nuts, fatty fish, legumes, mushrooms and avoiding unhealthy fats and too much sugars and carbs. To learn more about a healthy longevity diet, click here.

  • Hydrate the skin: this means drinking a lot of water and using hydrating skin creams twice daily. You can also drink green tea or white tea, and fruit juices, which all have shown to improve skin health. 

  • Reducing stress. Stress causes accelerated aging of the skin and can even accelerate hair greying, scientists found out why. We listed the best ways to reduce stress and improve happiness here.

  • Getting enough sleep. We compiled the best tips to sleep here.

  • Take specific supplements that help the skin to maintain itself: copper, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are all important ingredients the skin needs to prosper. We listed the best supplements to take here.

  • Take supplements and foods that reduce inflammation. When we get older, our body becomes more and more inflamed (this is called “inflammaging”). This inflammation also damages the skin. Herbs like ginger, turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, garlic, and thyme reduce inflammation. So do omega-3 fatty acids (whether from supplements or foods like fatty fish, walnuts, chia seeds or flaxseeds), pterostilbene, fisetin, olive oil and green tea and white tea. 

  • Avoid repetitive facial movements. If you always frown your forehead, or squint your eyes, or raise your eyebrows you will get more wrinkles in these areas. Become aware of these automatic muscle contractions and try not to do them. Try to relax your face more. 

  • Skin creams: unfortunately, most skin creams only have a very small effect on skin aging, they mainly hydrate the skin and give it a bit of radiance so the skin looks superficially somewhat better. Creams with very high doses of vitamin A derivatives (e.g. tretinoin) or vitamin C have shown to reduce wrinkles somewhat. But they don’t tackle the real cause of wrinkles sufficiently: aging

  • Exercise more. Exercise improves blood circulation to your skin, and improves the immune system, and releases all kinds of substances that repair the body.  

  • Ever heard of sleep wrinkles? That is what you can get if you sleep too much on your belly or on your side, pushing parts of your face hard into your pillow for hours on end during the night. Try to sleep more on your back, or if you are a belly sleeper, try at least to sleep more on your side. Also use a pillow that is not too rough. Use finely woven pillow covers, or pillow covers made from silk. 

  • Prevent cleaning your skin too much and too harsh: soaps, specific oils, and other detergents can actually dry out or always remove the thin oily layer that is naturally present on your skin.


3. Addressing the root cause of wrinkles: aging itself

The third method is perhaps the most important one. It goes to the root causes of why we get wrinkles: aging (learn more about why we get wrinkles here). 

So we are speaking about interventions that slow down the aging process itself. However, it’s not easy to slow down aging, let alone reverse it.

One approach is to take specific supplements that have scientifically proven to slow down aging and that can also reduce wrinkles. This are supplements like: 

Click here to learn more about how these supplements can reduce wrinkles. 

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