“Your Wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life. My face reflects the wind and sun and rain and dust from the trips I’ve taken. My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?” These are words of wisdom shared by the very fashionable and wise, designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Your wrinkles do mark the journey you have so far taken in this long and winding road called life, and it is good to have them etched on your Skin for that purpose and, as you age gracefully. However, if it is dehydration wrinkles that you are growing, then, there must be something wrong with the way that you are treating yourself and your body – and, it must stop right now.
You And Your Thirsty Skin
In the world of beauty, there are hotly debated items that give rise to oppositely different yet equally strongly positioned paradigms. One of those will have to be the question, “Does drinking water help wrinkles?”
In a study published in the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology in 2015, researchers studied 49 subjects – 11 of whom were made to drink more than 3,200 ml/day while the remaining 38 were made to drink less than that. Following a stress test and several measures that included moisture content and trans epidermal water loss, the researchers concluder that “higher water inputs in regular diet might positively impact normal skin physiology, in particular in those individuals with lower daily water consumptions”.
So, do you think your premature wrinkles are beginning to show because your skin is thirsty? Maybe but, in reality, premature aging is the result of many interacting factors, dehydration among them, and the others factors are:
- Senescence or, the onset of your body’s natural aging process
- Environmental factors such as heat and pollution that you are regularly exposed to
- Chronic stress
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
- Lack of regular exercise and physical activity
- Worrisome and pessimistic attitude
Keep in mind that dry skin isn’t always dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type characterized by the generally natural physiological makeup of the skin that limits its capability to effectively capture and store more water. On the other hand, dehydrated skin is mostly caused by environmental and lifestyle factors rather than physiological ones. Excessive alcohol drinking, having too much salt in your diet, taking too much caffeine, lack of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet, daily exposure to dusty environments, and too much sun exposure are just some of what causes dehydration wrinkles.
Here are some signs of dehydrated skin on face that lets you know for sure you are indeed dealing with skin that’s quenching for water:
- Fine lines growing on the temples of your cheeks
- Deeper lines on the corner of both eyes and on your forehead
- Marionette lines forming on the side of your lips, down to your chin
- Lackluster skin
- Chronically irritated or inflamed skin
- Normally flaked skin
- Hollow areas underneath your cheek bones
- Skin that does not bounce back when you pinch it
Related: How to fight and Prevent Wrinkles
Quench Your Skin’s Thirst
Once you have discerned once and for all that you are indeed facing off with dehydration wrinkles, it’s time you did something about it. Don’t you wonder about whether or not dehydration wrinkles are reversible because the certain answer is that they are. However, it will take a combination of proper skin care and hard lifestyle choices to reverse the damage that has been done.
Keep in mind that the key prevention and treatment strategies that you’ve been using to tame and manage fine lines and wrinkles will, more or less, work the same wonders for treating dehydration lines. Below are 10 tips to start you off your journey to a younger and better hydrated skin:
Tip No. 1: Take a Hard Look At Your Skincare Regimen And Your Lifestyle
It won’t be easy to admit but, admit it anyway for your own sake – that there is something wrong with the way you treat your skin or, with the food that you eat. It could be the sleepless nights spent toasting away bottles of beer and shots of vodka with your friends or, the one pack a day that you smoke.
Unless you admit and own up, your heart will never be committed to these 10 tips and, more broadly, in creating an entirely new way by which you – mind, heart, and soul – operate.
Tip No. 2: Build a Strategy
When you have a clear strategy, the end always seems nearer. Set certain milestones like how many sticks you will lose by what date until the day you finally quit altogether. It could be setting just one night in a week to go out drinking with your best buddies but also, commit to drink in moderation. Whatever it is that you plan to give up or plan to learn for the sake of your skin, jot it down and make your SMART objectives.
Tip No. 3: Improve Your Sun Protection Schemes
If you haven’t been taking your sun protection seriously, now is the best time to do so. Here are some of the things you can do:
- Check Your Sunscreen
Make sure it is broad spectrum and at least SPF 30. Now, you must know that it also must match your daily activities. If you work as a Forest Ranger, for instance, who is almost always outdoors under the sun, you might need more protection than people working in Wall Street. Make sure that your sunscreen is non-toxic and contains antioxidants.
- Review Your Sun Time
What times of the day do you usually get to catch the sun? Try to stay indoors during midday when the sun is at its peak of intensity.
- Consider Adding Physical Barriers
Never think that your sunscreen will ever be good enough to protect you from UV damage and skin cancer. Wear your hat, protective clothing and sunglasses. Indoors, have your windows covered with blinds. Consider getting your car tinted.
Tip No. 4: Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize
Go back to basics with this three-step Holy Grail of skin care. From Step 1 to Step 3, your skin’s moisture is enhanced. By cleansing, you prep your skin to receive the beneficial ingredients of your moisturizer. By toning, you draw out impurities left during your cleanse, and tighten your pores to keep moisture in. Your moisturizer is the topical equivalent of quenching your skin’s thirst for moisture. By sticking to this regimen everyday, you will soon see signs of dehydrated skin on your face begin to fade.
Tip No. 5: Exfoliate
The regimen itself is particularly drying but, once the sloughing off is done, your skin is more prepared than ever to receive the hydrating goodness of your moisturizers. Go for polyhydroxy acids for the gentlest cleanse. If you have oily, acne-prone or, combination skin, salicylic acid will work best for you. For normal to dry skin, glycolic acid will be a wonderful addition to your regular routine.
Tip No. 6: Grab a Wrinkle Cream
If you aren’t using one yet, your dehydration wrinkles should prompt you to consider getting one. Here are some of the wrinkle creams worth your closer look:
1. Solvaderm Stemuderm
This product contains the powerful anti-wrinkle combination of Argireline and SYN-AKE, both proprietary peptides added to wrinkle care products that work by relaxing the muscles underneath your skin so that the skin above it stretches back to its pre-expression state as well. For buildable, longer-term improvements, this cream is also infused with Matrixyl 3000 which enhances collagen production, and hyaluronic acid which improves your skin’s moisture content.
It also contains a peptide resembling the snake venom, similar to SYN-AKE, that numbs the muscles underneath your skin to smoothen out your wrinkles and fine lines, resembling the effect of a Botox injection. In addition, it also contains collagen and elastin, which serves as skin precursors, and antioxidants which protect your skin from environmental elements and free radicals.
3. Lewinn Lift & Resculpt Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
This cream contains Snap-8 peptide which gives you an instantly smoother surface by relaxing your facial muscles. It also contains a LOXL Activator which promotes elastin production, and Kinetin which promotes optimal skin hydration.
This is another product that promises you Botox-like effect. Key ingredients include Peption-5 which smoothens out wrinkles by up to 47 per cent, Argireline, a peptide that relaxes your facial muscles, and Hyaluronic Acid, which promotes a moisture surge that plumps your skin.
Related: How to Reduce Wrinkles With Exercises?
Tip No. 7: Make Adjustments To Your Diet
Now, diets are acquired, and usually run in families so, this point isn’t going to be easy to commit to. For starters, you can try juicing or blending your veggies and fruits. That way, you get to enjoy great nutrition – no preservatives, no additives, no artificial colors and flavorings – and actually enjoy drinking it up.
The next milestone will be to learn to prepare healthy food. Some general rules are:
- Know how and where your food is grown.
- Keep it raw as much as you can.
- If you cook, don’t fry.
- Stay clear of processed foods.
Tip No. 8: Get Exercising
Complement good food with regular workouts to make sure that good nutrition is being distributed all over your body, and reaches your skin. Keep in mind that the energy your cells need to regenerate are in those nutrients, and exercise will help transport those where they are needed the most.
Related: Erase Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Tip No. 9: Learn Not To Stress
Stress does age you. Stick to the good kinds of stress which are the ones that challenge you to be better or to perform harder. Stress that only take the best of you, most especially the emotional kind, should be set aside. Remember: you can choose what stresses you. Manage your energy, not your time, because you can only do so much depending on your level of effort.
Tip No. 10. Sleep
Believe in the power of sleep to rejuvenate and restore your skin. Have you ever noticed how your skin plumps up when you are well rested, and how your cheeks appear hollow when you haven’t been sleeping well for weeks? That is proof enough that sleep does work but, there are more great things happening to your skin that you don’t get to see from the surface
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Take it from America Ferrera, “Once I started drinking more water, my skin, hair and nails all flourished”. For now, you can always cover up with makeup while you are undergoing a major skin care and lifestyle revamp.
Related: 7 Effective Ways to Remove Wrinkles without Using Cosmetics
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