Here are a few of my favorite tips to keep your face looking youthful and wrinkle-free.
Anti-inflammatories are the best anti-agers out there. From improving heart and immune functions to helping hair grow and skin look supple, they truly do wonders. You can take three 500 milligram capsules of omega-3 fish oil in the morning and at night. Look for labels that say, 'molecularly distilled for purity,' which means pesticide-free.
DON’T EAT WHITE SUGAR:
For maintaining your youthful appearance, the number-one ingredient that you should avoid in your diet is processed sugar. The reason: It speeds up the aging process by binding to and eventually weakening the collagen in your skin, which can lead to premature wrinkles and sagging. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits every day—and avoid those processed sugary sweets. Scrub with it instead.
BEAUTY SLEEP: One of the best age fighters happens to be totally free: sleep. When you don't get enough sleep, your body releases more cortisol (the stress hormone that breaks down collagen) and curbs the amount of human growth hormone you produce. "HGH works during the night to repair tissue, restoring skin cells after the wear and tear of the day," says Dr. Lancer. The way you sleep also factors into the aging process. Sleeping face-down puts pressure on your face and increases fine lines.
MASSAGE AWAY STRESS:
I absolutely believe in massage. Stretching the fascia & connective tissue over your muscles makes you feel younger from the inside out. I especially love reflexology and deep-tissue massage.
If you don’t have the time or money to get one regularly, you can achieve a lot of the same benefits by taking 20 minutes each day to stretch, meditate, and calm yourself, breathing deeply in and out.
Daily application of sunscreen (spf 30 or higher) will protect your skin against the damaging UV rays of the sun. I love the sun, as most people here in Eastern North Carolina do, but if you want to avoid wrinkles and skin cancers, you have to put on the sunscreen every single day before leaving the house.
Smokers have older looking skin because smoking reduces collagen production and decreases the microvascular blood supply (the nutrients) to the skin. We’ve all seen the “smoker’s lines” around the mouth that most women in particular can’t stand. Some of it might be from puckering, but most of it is from nicotine and poor skin health.
And of course, don't forget your Renaissance Day/Night Moisturizer!