As we get older, we expect wrinkles to appear on our faces, but that doesn’t mean we are psychologically ready for them, or that we will take their presence lying down. When deciding what to do to deal with wrinkles, there are many things to consider. Kallgren Dermatologists in Boulder understand that the appearance of your skin affects your self-esteem and your confidence, and we want to boost your self-esteem as best we can. To that end, we will go over some steps you can take to minimize the lines on your face.

Lifestyle Choices that Affect Your Skin’s Health

Exposure to the Sun

The harmful rays of the sun come in two forms, UVA and UVB. It is the UVA rays that penetrate deep into the skin and eventually cause what is known as photoaging. In contrast, UVB rays cause superficial damage, skin cancer, and visible aging of the skin in the form of wrinkles. It is very important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen, such as the EltaMD products that Kallgren Dermatology recommends. These sunscreens protect your skin from both UVA and UVB, and because they are barrier sunscreens, not chemical, you know that there are no chemical reactions taking place in your skin, an idea that many people are uncomfortable with. To protect your skin’s youthful appearance, limit your exposure to the sun by using sunscreen, long-sleeve shirts, and healthy habits like staying out of the sun during the peak hours between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Eat and Drink the Right Things

A healthy diet is very important to your skin’s appearance. As you get older, you may notice that your skin shows some superficial lines more when you are a bit dehydrated. It takes chronic dehydration to really make a visible difference in the appearance of your skin, but making sure you have had enough water to drink is good for your overall health. The food you eat makes a big difference to your skin’s health, too. Eating enough fruits and vegetables to ensure that you have all vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy oils is an essential step to having healthy skin.

Healthy Habits

There are everyday habits that affect your skin’s health, too. Getting enough sleep is an important habit to have. There is a reason people call it beauty sleep! The rejuvenating effect of sleep shows on your face, so make sure you are getting at least seven hours of sleep. Smoking is also known to contribute to the presence of wrinkles. Nicotine causes narrowing of blood vessels, and this includes blood vessels in your face and affects your skin. Even from the outside, cigarettes are bad for your skin. The smoke settles on your face and damages the collagen in your skin, so even second-hand smoke is bad for your looks. It is best to not smoke, and to avoid being around smokers.

Be Proactive!

When you notice fine lines starting to get deeper, you don’t have to rely on lifestyle changes to slow the visible signs of aging. One thing you can do is use a good moisturizer, such as CeraVe products that have ceramides in them, which help strengthen your skin at a cellular level. You can also take steps that will have an effect on the wrinkles that are already in place. You can choose Botox for fine lines or fillers for deeper lines and creases. Kallgren Dermatology offers both of these procedures and others that might be right for you. If you are interested in learning more about procedures that can help the appearance of wrinkles, call us for a consultation appointment.