what are a few things teenagers should do to avoid adult wrinkles and acne (like not wear makeup? or eat healthy, what really defines healthy eating though..?)
First, recognize that wrinkles are a natural part of aging and are inevitable. You’re not going to be able to avoid all wrinkles, but you can minimize the amount you have later in life and put them off a little.
How to Reduce Wrinkles
- Get adequate sleep. We’re talking 8 hours a night here. Also, sleep on your back.
- Eat fruits & vegetables. Great for anti-oxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin B, but also just good for you in general.
- Eat fish. It’s great for protein and Omega-3.
- MOISTURIZE. I know I say this all the time, but moisturizing is so important for skin care.
- Sunscreen. So important.
- Likewise, wear sunglasses. They’ll protect your eyes, but also help reduce squinting (which leads to crow’s feet).
- Use a topical Vitamin C. It helps protect your skin from sun damage and increase collagen production.
How to Prevent Acne
- Wash your face regularly with a mild facial cleanser and warm (not hot) water.
- Don’t over-wash your face. Twice a day is enough. If you have particularly sensitive skin, wash once a day, then simply rinse it later in the day.
- Avoid using loofahs, rough cloths, or even exfoliating soaps (okay once in a while, but don’t make them your primary product) as they will irritate the skin.
- Sunscreen. Again, so important.
Eat fruits & vegetables.
- Use an acne product. Look for the ones with salicylic acid, lactic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycol acid. But use it once a day to start and don’t use it all the time if you have sensitive or dry skin. You should also limit your time in the sun, because some of these products react badly with sun and can harm your skin.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoiding touching your face.
- Change your pillowcase at least once a week. If you have really bad acne, change it nightly. Buy a ton of cheap ones at Goodwill so you can get between laundry days easily.
Notice that a lot of those are on both lists? That’s the best place to start and care for your skin at any stage of life.