4.19.2010

I've been thinking.



Now that I'm...25. I've been thinking about...wrinkles. Recently, I looked in the mirror and realized I had a few more creases near the eyes than I ever used to. I do have some pretty dominant smile lines, but I'm ok with those. I'll never even think about smiling less.

It's time to use an eye cream. It's time to use a night cream. In my recent interest I stumbled across these beauty tips which included one regarding sleep habits:

"I frequently see women with deeper wrinkles on one side of their face — the side they sleep on, of course," says New York dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf. To avoid "sleep lines," opt for silk or satin pillowcases and pile on the anti-aging products.

Are you kidding me? Sleep causes wrinkles? Apparently it's true. Heather Locklear did an interview with Shape magazine and said she swears by sleeping on her back, a trick her mom taught her 20 years ago. I'm gonna venture to say she looks pretty dang good. So, I tried it. It was so very uncomfortable. I couldn't sleep. I guess I need to get myself a silk pillow case.


I'm looking for input here. Is trying to prevent wrinkles at 25 just plain ridiculous? Should we all just let our faces take their natural course and call our wrinkles "earned"? When Heidi Montag got her brow lift, she had some of her muscles permanently removed as to prevent her from developing wrinkles ever again. Hmm...also preventing her from being able to perform regular facial expressions like a normal human being. I've heard of some women who deliberately try not to make particular facial expressions that may cause wrinkles. I genuinely feel that smiling, laughing, and enjoying yourself really shouldn't be avoided. I found an interesting comparison from this article:

  • Control your facial expressions. More animated expressions mean more creases, and creases eventually become wrinkles. It might be difficult, but try to do away with frowning, eyebrow raising, and squinting. Don't stop smiling or laughing, however. A genuine smile causes crow's feet around your eyes but the power of sincere joy against wrinkles may be stronger than the effects of not smiling...


I'm not talking about drastic measures here, I'm just trying to consistently wear my sunglasses, and sunscreen.  What products do you use? What works for you?

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16 comments:

Lindsay said...

I use lotion on my face and neck that's AT LEAST SPF 30. If not more. Right now, it's Olay Age Effects. I figure it's easier to prevent than to "treat" age. I've been wearing sunscreen all the time since high school because A - I burn instantly and B - it helps my acne too, believe it or not.

I think I may have to try that sleeping on your back and/or silk pillow thing. :-)

Angie said...

I think it's a very smart idea to start preventative measures! I'd never stop making facial expressions either! That's just silly! I've heard the same thing about sleeping on your back but I just CAN'T do it! Silk pillow case in my near future!!! I would just make sure your moisturizer has sunscreen in it!! and a little eye cream never hurt anyone! Oh ya and water - water - water!!! What you eat and drink plays just as much of a role in it! I'll be 39 this year and didn't start thinking about any of this till 30 so I think just being a little ahead of the game will help you out in the long run!!!

tanalicious said...

wrinkles, schminkles. you are supposed to look old when you get old.

aaaaand im way too lazy to worry about it. meh.

Kate said...

I agree... sunscreen and water!! I like Clinique or Olay moisturizers. I wish I'd thought more about skin care at your age :) The silk pillowcases are a good idea, I might do that.

I try not to worry too much about the lines though... I saw a documentary once about how repeated facial expressions show on our faces. Older people who'd done a lot frowning throughout their life... you could see it, even when their face was at rest. The people who'd had a good life and were generally happy and positive had as many lines, but they just had an overall happy looking face. So while I do try to protect my skin, I figure wrinkles are inevitable... I'll just try and make sure they're happy ones! :)

Bridget and Chase Parry said...

talk to my sister bobbie she has an amazing product she sells and i use it and love it. also my mom's wrinkles look way less. talk to her about it we all swear by it.

See Mom Smile said...

Unfortunately it is never too young to start. But don't go crazy!!

Amanda said...

I admit, I make a conscious effort not to squint. I remember reading somewhere that squinting causes wrinkles, so it's one thing I always try to avoid.

Of course, it'd probably help more to wear sunscreen.

Mykell said...

Well I grew up with a mom that is allergic to make up and facial products, so we believe that wrinkles are earned, and beautiful really!! Personally I use Sense from Usana, I LOVE their skin care line, and my mom can use it too. I think taking care of your body and using common sense helps a lot. Like sunscreen/glasses and staying hydrated. Also when you wash you face or put anything on your face, move it in an upward motion, not down. But really wrinkles will come no matter what, but I think it is smart to start now.

Kate said...

I added you to my blogroll! :)

Wonder Woman said...

I've thought about this lately, too, and wondered if it was dumb to start worrying about it so young. Apparently not. :o) So thanks for that!

I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen, but it's only SPF 15. I'd go higher if I could find it at Walmart. Ideally, I want a tinted, oil-free moisturizer with SPF 30.

I've tried to stop raising my eyebrows when applying make-up, and have made conscious efforts to not frown at night when I'm going to sleep. But that's about it.

Meet Virginia said...

I totally worry about the same thing!! I refuse to get wrinkles! I swear by never EVER tanning my face so I always use spf 50 on my face! I have wanted to try the physicians formula line with spf in the make up. Let me know what you find out I am total need!!

Loves girl!!

~Morgan

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The Rowdy Orator said...

First of all, once I saw your nice comment on my blog I said to myself, "ahhhh..who's this? Let's check this lovely girl out. I bet she has a lovely blog too..." Then I came over and said, "holy crap. She like MY blog? What is she talking about? Her's is way cooler."

Moisturizer is key. Taking preventative measures is always a good idea. But here's the facts: We are going to get older. We are going to get wrinkles (some earlier than later). IF I KNOW THIS, then I sure hope my wrinkles show the signs of laughter and tears and LIFE.

iamwoman said...

ugh-- that last comment was me. drat my husband's account...

jessica.emily.adams said...

I recently blogged about my products of preference, but I think you look fantastic just the way you are.
And I'm probably weird but I've been religious in my regimen, which includes anti-aging serums, since I was 21. My sister is a freelance artist for Estee Lauder (hence my products of choice) and taught me that you can never start too early with good skincare.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

I've noticed more wrinkles. Not my favorite thing but I do heart my smile wrinkles. I think they give me "happy" class.

Heather said...

I just started using anti-wrinkle cream and I am 35. So I am way behind... :)