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Is it a pillow crease, or is it a wrinkle? Yup. It’s a wrinkle.

 

They call them “smile lines” and “laugh lines”, but let’s face it, when they actually start showing up, we don’t find them all that funny.

By the time most of us are in our mid twenties to early thirties, a few lines appear and we find ourselves wondering how best to curb the inevitable.

Aging is part of life, and wrinkles come with the package, but we certainly don’t have to encourage them.

There are lifestyle changes, habits, and products that can go a long way to maintaining your youthful complexion, you just need to know what they are, and start applying them. A little bit of simple self care can make a phenomenal difference if started early. So even if you’ve only just spotted that first fine line, now is a great time to adjust your skincare routine.

 

First know the cause

From as early as our teen years our bodies begin slowing their production of collagen and elastin. These are the proteins responsible for giving skin its ability to stretch, bounce back, and firmly hold its shape. The process is slow, but gradually with the reduction in elasticity our skin starts to wrinkle. It’s also helped along by other factors like your amount of sun exposure, genes, diet, level of hydration, and your skin routine. 

 

Then know the signs

The first place you’ll notice a decrease in collagen and elastin is where your skin is it’s most thin, i.e. around your eyes.  

You may also notice wrinkles on the parts of your face that you move the most, like around your mouth and across your forehead. But don’t worry, there’s no need to stop smiling and start practicing your “resting b***h face”. Here’s what you can do to hit pause, and support your skin as you age.

 

Now take action

1. Prevent further sun damage

Sunshine is happiness: it’s fresh air, lazy days, and time with friends. Although, just like everything, it needs to be moderated. If we’re not responsible with our sun exposure it becomes enemy number 1 in the fight against wrinkles.


—  Wear SPF 30 or higher

Make a broad spectrum moisturizer and body sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Wear it all year round, come rain or shine. Even when you’re not in direct sunlight, UVA and UVB rays take their toll on your skin.

 

—  Become a lover of hats & sunglasses

Senior woman looking at her skin in mirror

Squinting into the sun while you’re driving, or having the sun baking down on your face, are damaging, and also completely avoidable with the right hat and sunnies. Embrace the look, and you’ll reap the rewards!

 

2. Sleep on your back

Think about it – we spend almost a third of our lives asleep. If our face is being squashed for the duration, then it’s natural that sleep creases will eventually turn into permanent wrinkles. If sleeping on your back is impossible, you can also try a silk pillowcase, which is proven to cause less friction against the skin. Silk pillowcases are also less absorbent, which means they won’t rob your skin of its moisture.

 

3. Give your face a workout & massage

Just like the rest of your body, your face has muscles, and to keep them perky, they need a workout. You might think that by moving your face you’re causing wrinkles, but you’d be mistaken. The muscles in your face are what supports your skin, and keeping the right muscles strong can do wonders.

As long as our faces are working out, why not schedule them a massage too!? Invest in a facial roller to get your circulation going, and to help smooth out fine lines. It’s a simple habit to include in your skincare routine, and is also extremely therapeutic.

4. Adjust your skincare routine

As you age, your skin loses moisture and produces less collagen and elastin.
If you want to slow down the aging process, it’s only logical that you need to give your skin back its moisture
and boost its collagen production. 

To achieve this, there are anti-aging ingredients that your moisturizer should have. Some of them include hyaluronic acid, retinol, lactic acid, and vitamin C. These ingredients speed up the renewal of skin cells, keep your skin hydrated, and encourage your body to make more of its own collagen.

5. Hydrate & nourish from within

Most importantly, many of us forget that our skin is a reflection of our inner wellness. Without hydrating and nourishing ourselves from within, there’s no chance of maintaining a smooth and glowing complexion.

—  Drink enough water

It’s the simplest thing, but one of the most important. Drinking enough water is crucial for maintaining your skin. Other than hydrating, it does a lot to prevent sagging, while also flushing out toxins, and balancing the skin’s ph levels. Should we keep going? Because the list of benefits is endless.

—  Know what to eat and what to avoid

A lot of coffee, sugar and alcohol isn’t good for your health in general, but it’s especially bad for your skin. It’s proven that they dehydrate the skin and damage collagen cells, so whenever possible, it’s best to avoid them. 

On the other hand, eating foods like bone broth, chicken, fish, egg whites, berries, leafy greens, and garlic, are great sources of antioxidants, and are known to boost your natural collagen production.

—  Take the right supplement

Let’s face it, making sure that we’re getting all the nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that we need on a daily basis, isn’t easy. Combining our efforts with the right high quality supplement can ease a lot of the pressure, and help us achieve much better results. 

Obey Your Body has developed a Twinned Synergy anti-aging kit that pairs a collagen promoting moisturizer and supplement. The combination of the two is proven to be extremely effective at increasing collagen production and nourishing the skin. To date, it’s the only product of its kind, where the hyaluronic acid and vitamins in the moisturizer work together with the collagen in the supplements to smooth and strengthen the skin. 

 

If you think about it, if you’re going to fight aging, then why limit the battlefield to your face? 


Our goal should be to make sure our entire bodies are getting exactly what they need, both inside and out, to keep us looking and feeling our best.

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