5 Lifestyle Habits that Fuel Wrinkles

5 Lifestyle Habits that Fuel Wrinkles

Lifestyle and genetics are the two major factors that determine how soon you begin developing wrinkles. While you can’t alter your family history, you can make changes to your day-to-day life to help slow down aging. With a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine, you can preserve your youthful skin and manage minor wrinkles with conservative treatments. 

Dr. Gae Rodke is an OB/GYN located on the Upper West Side of New York City, New York. She and her experienced team can help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles with tailored aesthetic care regimens and treatments.

Habits that fuel wrinkles 

If you want to get serious about preventing wrinkles, you don’t need to invest in expensive anti-aging creams or spend all your time indoors. Sun damage and aging happen slowly over time, which means you should try eliminating the following bad habits from your day-to-day life. 

5. Not wearing sunscreen

Most people only apply sunscreen if they’re spending the day outside, but the sun should be a constant concern. Sitting by a window, taking your dog out, even driving to work — all of these contribute to photoaging, and a daily wear sunscreen can keep this sun damage from adding up.

4. Forgetting your sunglasses 

Have you ever stepped outside and immediately squinted at the sunlight? Frequent squinting can lead to the formation of dynamic wrinkles, like crow’s feet and brow lines. Make sure to keep a few pairs of sunglasses in your house, car, and office, or invest in transition lenses for your glasses. 

3. Smoking 

We’ve all heard about the health risks, but many people don’t realize how quickly cigarettes will steal your youth away. Smoking speeds up the aging process, reducing the production of the collagen and elastin that support your skin. Even the act of lighting up can cause wrinkles; years of puckering around cigarettes often leads to smokers’ lips

2. Slacking off on hydration

Like sun damage, dehydration isn’t something we consider unless it’s hot and sunny outside. However, if you frequently fail to stay hydrated, you might be sucking the moisture from your skin. Luckily, it’s nothing a good water bottle can’t fix. 

1. Not having a skin care routine 

A skincare routine involves more than simply washing and moisturizing whenever you shower. The best thing you can do for your skin is to confirm your skin type and find products that complement it. If you’re not sure where to start, a dermatologist can evaluate your skin and help you get started. 

What to do about existing wrinkles 

Preventing wrinkles is well and good, but what can you do about the ones that already exist? Cosmetic surgery is a nuclear option for minor wrinkles, which is why many clinics provide less-invasive alternatives. Dr. Rodke offers two treatments for wrinkles: Votiva by InMode® and Morpheus8®

Votiva and Morpheus8 both use radiofrequency (RF) energy, which penetrates the skin and stimulates blood flow and collagen production beneath. Morpheus8 builds on this concept by combining it with microneedling, a minimally invasive treatment that delivers the RF energy deeper into the skin. 

These treatments can produce results faster than OTC creams, without the commitment and recovery time of surgery. To learn more, call 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more information.

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