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Banish Wrinkles By These Good Habits

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All these skin care and anti-skin aging tips I learned from salon professionals and by practice of my lovely MIL :)

Sleep on your back. You create wrinkles by sleeping on your side or belly, with your face on the pillow. You'll observe this in people who have creases on their forehead, running above their eyebrows. For some people, sleeping on their back eliminates this problem.

Take your vitamins. The best vitamins for your skin are B-complex vitamins, found in beef, chicken, eggs and whole wheat, and antioxidants--vitamins A, C and E--which are abundant in green leafy vegetables, carrots and fresh fruit. These vitamins help ensure healthy and young-looking skin. To assure the required amount of vitamins needed, try a food supplement.

Always use shades when heading out. This greatly reduces the occurrence of wrinkles in the eye area by avoiding bright light that makes you squint. One especially problem area for wrinkles is around the eyes--what we call crow's feet. These wrinkles often result from squinting, so one way to avoid them, or lessen their severity, is to wear sunglasses when you go outside.

Keep a stone face. Excessive frowning or smiling, or any other much repeated facial expression, emphasizes wrinkles. Be aware how often your facial expressions change--especially frowning and crying. The verdict is still unclear regarding facial exercises prescribed by some salons, as other experts advise against them, because excessive facial contortions only "aggravate" wrinkles.

Cease the smoking habit. Smoking is a big no-no if you want to prevent wrinkles. Smokers have more wrinkles than people who don't smoke, especially around their lips. That's because smoking robs the complexion of oxygen, decreasing blood circulation to facial skin and resulting in premature lines and wrinkles. Plus, anyone puffing on a cigarette is essentially doing a lot of repetitive facial movements that add even more wrinkles.

Go light on the bottle. The sobering fact is, excessive drinking causes your face to "puff up" the morning after, which temporarily stretches the skin. Subsequent shrinking brings your face back to normal but also causes wrinkles, says Gerald Imber, M.D., a plastic surgeon at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

Wash with the cool and mild. Excessive washing and scrubbing--particularly with hot water and harsh soaps--tends to dissolve oils that help nourish the skin, says Jerome Z. Litt, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. Dr. Litt says to wash with cool or lukewarm water, using a mild soap or cleanser such as Neutrogena soap or Moisturel sensitive skin cleanser.

Avoid the midday sun. I was once shocked to find a woman in her fifties enter a salon trying to find treatment for her premature wrinkles, and I know older women who looked better than her! She admitted, she frequents beaches during travel thereby exposing her to sunlight than a regular traveler.
Too much sun exposure is the leading cause of premature wrinkles. The trouble is, no one can avoid the sun all the time. But take note: About 95 percent of the sun's wrinkling rays occur when sun is at it's strongest--between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.--says Stephen Kurtin, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. As long as you avoid those maximum-intensity hours, you're doing your skin a favor.

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