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Wrinkles are among the most annoying parts of aging.  Nobody likes to look like a shar pei dog, with wrinkles jutting out from the mouth, eyes, and forehead.  However, they are a par t of aging, and while they will surface at some point in time, there are numerous things that can be done to prevent them from being deep and visible.

First off, it’s best to educate everyone on what exactly causes wrinkles and fine lines, often referred to as “expression lines.”  Other than hereditary factors, (basically being passed down genes that have a trait of wrinkles in the family) the two biggest factors that cause wrinkles are the sun and repeated expressions.  In other words, if you can avoid those two elements, you can greatly reduce the risk of getting deep wrinkles forming on your face and neck.

For starters, both of these factors are impossible to avoid all together.  However, it doesn’t take an expert to show you how to prevent wrinkles and still enjoy the outdoors and continue to smile, wince, and grimace whenever you feel the need to express yourself.  In fact, I’m about to give you several tips that you can use right now and for the rest of your life that will help you prevent wrinkles from becoming the deep, agonizing type.

Let’s talk about the sun first, since it’s an element we must face each and every day we leave our homes.  The sun beats down on your skin, and if you don’t protect yourself, this can do some serious damage in the later years of your life.  Use an anti aging sunblock, one that has a high spf, for maximum wrinkle protection.  This will ensure your skin is protected from the violent UV rays emitted by the sun.  Sunblock, even at a lower spf, will work to protect your skin.  Follow this up by using a skin moisturizer, this also works by adding another layer of protection to your skin.  Wear a hat or use an umbrella to protect your face.  Sun glasses are also very good at blocking out the sun and will protect you in the long run from eye wrinkles.

Expressing ourselves with facial movements is something that is impossible to stop all together, however there are several things you can do that will help prevent wrinkles caused by habitual expressions.  First off, try to sleep on your back.  When you do this, your face stays firm and still, and does not wrinkle as it does when you sleep face down on a pillow.  This may take a little getting used to, but over the long run it will prevent wrinkles.  Another thing you can do is try to not make long, repeated expressions.  Sometimes people will “flex” their face while mimicking someone – this should be avoided if you really are concerned with facial wrinkling.

Wrinkles are a part of life.  They are something we will all experience at one point or another.  However, with a simple education on wrinkles, you can avoid deep set wrinkles.

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