7 ways to fewer wrinkles

Consumer Reports News: September 22, 2009 03:54 PM

Some people are born lucky—but for the rest of us wrinkles are a natural part of aging. And defying nature can mean trying out a number of eye creams, overnight serums, collagen-based injectables, and even some pretty interesting "facial toning" devices. While any one or combination of these products may work for you, here are some simple, do-it-yourself ways to prevent those fine lines from getting deeper:

  1. Use a facial moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 to limit the sun’s damage every day, not just when you’re at the beach.
  2. Shield your face with a hat and sunglasses when you’re outdoors, particularly on sunny days.
  3. Avoid tanning beds. Those ultraviolet rays can be even more intense than the sun’s and can increase your risk of skin cancer.
  4. Don’t smoke. Tobacco ranks second only to sunlight in its dire effects on skin.
  5. Try not to rub your eyes. Treat hay fever so you’re less itchy and not tempted to rub.
  6. Sleep on your back. Mashing your face into a pillow can cause lines to form over time.
  7. Get an annual eye exam. If you can’t see clearly, you’re likely to squint, which can create wrinkles.

Ginger Skinner

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