Wrinkles are traditionally thought to be the most obvious sign of ageing skin. But wrinkling actually begins as early as our 20’s and continues at a fairly steady pace for the rest of our lives.
We use our facial expressions as a way of communicating with others and recording anger, rage, disappointment, happiness and surprise.
These expressions are captured by lines which form in the places that move most. Very few of us get to our 40’s without any of these tell-tale signs.
But if you want to prolong your youth, here’s how to lessen their effect…
– Splash water on your face. To retain its impact, moisturise with a good quality moisturiser to prevent the skin dehydrating.
– Never go out in the sun without slapping on the sunscreen – the higher the number the higher the protection it will provide.
– If you have tiny surface veins on your face, avoid eating hot, spicy food and drinking alcohol – these aggravate facial flushing.
– Stop smoking. Cigarette smoking may hasten crow’s feet around the eyes and cause deep lines. The skin is 10 years older in a smoker than a non-smoker.
– Keep your body and skin well rested by getting adequate sleep to improve your complexion.
– Facial exercises help to relax the facial muscles, which cause ‘tension’ wrinkles and lines. They can also help keep facial and neck muscles mobile and relieve tension headaches. They cannot however, stop wrinkles forming.
– Try a smile instead of a frown because it exercises more muscles