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A little fine line here, another there and so on makes you human. Skin wrinkles are an undeniable aspect of the aging process. These skin changes cannot be stopped entirely, but there are ways they can be slowed and reversed.

1. Stay out of the sun
Several studies have found the connection between wrinkles and too much sun. It is the ultraviolet light (UV) contained in sunlight that is responsible for much of the aging of the skin. Chronic UV exposure causes wrinkles, splotchy pigmentation, visible capillaries (telangiectasia) and loose, rough skin. UV causes damaging substances called free radicals to be produced. UV also depresses the natural antioxidants in the skin, contributing to more damage. Wrinkles tend to appear on the face, neck and backs of the hands first as they are generally the areas most exposed to the sun.

2. No smoking
Research shows that the skin of smokers ages more quickly than that of non-smokers. The skin tends to be thinner and has more furrows and lines. Smokers often get deep grooves around their lips. Smoking can break down the skin’s natural collagen which makes skin look less firm and more wrinkled. The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A.

3. Sleep on your back
Sleep is good but quality sleep is better. While at it, do it on your back. If you sleep on your side or front every night you can get sleep lines etched into your face which don’t disappear when you get up. Over time, these lines can become a permanent facial fixture. Some people like to sleep on silk sheets and pillowcases to lessen the effect.

4. Vitamin C and A
Many skin care products claiming to minimise fine lines and wrinkles contain these vitamins. Vitamin C encourages the production of collagen, an essential protein that gives your skin elasticity and resilience. Some of the best food sources of vitamin C include lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and cauliflower.  Vitamin A promotes new skin cell growth and repairs damaged cells. It also encourages the production of sebum, a skin oil produced naturally in the body, that hydrates your skin and prevents dryness. Both vitamin prevent free radicals from attacking your cell tissues. Some rich sources of vitamin A include squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and liver.

5. Dermabrasion
Using a vacuum suction device with a chemical crystal, dermabrasion helps remove the top layer of skin cells and brings new, more evenly textured skin to the surface. In the process, fine lines and wrinkles seem to disappear. The side effect is that dermabrasion is painful.

6. Wear glasses or sunglasses
Any repetitive facial movement can overwork your facial muscles forming a groove which can turn into a wrinkle. In other words don’t screw up your eyes or squint.

7. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)
Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are natural acids derived from fruits such as oranges and lemons. In facial skincare products, the acids are often listed as sugar cane extract, glycolic acid, malic acid, triple fruit acid or lactic acid. The acids take off the top, damaged layer of skin, revealing less-damaged skin beneath and allowing for the regrowth of skin cells. The acids also may enhance your body’s production of collagen, the protein that plumps and firms the skin surface.

There can not be aging without wrinkles. As much as you try to reduce the formation of skin wrinkles, you should also have it in mind that your wrinkles can’t disappear totally, they define you and are part of your story, the earlier you start loving your wrinkles, the better your self esteem. Who doesn’t love a confident person?

You are beautiful with all your wrinkles and there can be no other you!

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