Wrinkle prevention need not be a laborious and expensive production. An examination of the causes of wrinkles and premature aging reveals that wrinkles can be prevented naturally by simply tweaking your habits and daily regimens.
1. Minimize Unnecessary Facial Expressions
Contrary to popular belief, facial exercises do not prevent wrinkles from forming and in fact make you more susceptible to premature aging. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, performing facial exercises frequently leads to the formation of more fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Sleep on Your Back
The constant friction between your face and your pillow will form sleep lines on your chin and on your cheeks. Training yourself to sleep on your back, as opposed to sideways or facing your pillow, will prevent the formation of such sleep lines.
3. Increase Your Protein and Omega-3 Intake
According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a world-renowned dermatologist and a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, increasing your protein and omega-3 intake prevents wrinkles naturally in two ways.
First, the omega-3 oils act as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation of the skin cells result in a host of skin diseases, as well as in wrinkles.
Second, the omega-3 oils make the skin more supple and therefore help to prevent the onset of wrinkles.
4. Increase Intake of Flavanol Rich Cocoa
In a recent study, the consumption of flavanol rich cocoa was shown to have a positive effect on protecting skin from water loss and sun damage due to the increase of microcirculation in the skin. According to the study, in order to benefit from the protection offered by cocoa, its flavanoid content must be 329 mg or higher per 100 ml of cocoa.
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