SLEEP ON YOUR BACK
Always sleep on your side? The habit could be causing lines to form on the cheek that’s constantly pressed against the pillow. Sleeping on one side can definitely cause wrinkles on that side alone. Side-sleepers may want to switch to their backs—and not just to prevent wrinkles. Back-sleeping eases neck and back pain, fights acid reflux, and even helps prevent saggy breasts.
INVEST IN GOOD SKINCARE PRODUCTS
If you follow Jennifer Lopez while she does try to go makeup-free as often as possible, the star does lean on a structured skincare routine to maintain her healthy, youthful-looking complexion. While most of her favorites aren't *so* cheap, a few of her tried-and-true products are worth splurging on. Defy Nature recommends Neocutis Micro-Serum, an intensive anti-aging all-in-one treatment. And of course, she wears sunscreen every day. At Defy Nature, Kristin’s favorite is UltiMATTE Perfection, an affordable luxurious BB cream that combines broad-spectrum UVA/UBB SPF+50 protection with all-day oil control, gentle hydration with age-defying antioxidant benefits.
Add this to the already-long list of reasons to quit. While it’s less serious than reducing your chances of getting lung cancer or heart disease, smoking also damages your looks. The habit takes a major toll on your appearance, contributing to premature skin aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and even increased psoriasis risk. Smoking increases wrinkles due to facial motion, and it also has a vasoconstriction effect, which means it chokes off blood vessel circulation.
GET ON THE RETINOL BAND WAGON
If you only have one anti-aging product in your medicine cabinet, make it a retinoid. Skincare specialists love this powerful anti-aging ingredient (a derivative of vitamin A) for its ability to accelerate cell renewal. Retinoids turn over skin cells and boost collagen production, which leads to more youthful-looking skin. New to retinoids? The ingredient can be drying, so start off slowly by working products with a lower percentage into your regimen, and then working your way up. At Defy Nature, they love Replenix time-released Retinol Smoothing Serum with green tea and hyaluronic acid.
CUT BACK ON SUGAR
As if the risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease wasn’t enough, sugar may take a toll on your skin, too. In a recent study, researchers found a link between dietary sugars like glucose and greater production of advanced glycation end products (AGES). But if you have a sweet tooth, don’t panic just yet. Enjoy sugar in small amounts, and focus more on leading an active lifestyle and eating an overall balanced diet.