BERLIN: As years pass, most people develop facial wrinkles, but there is something you can do to prevent them from becoming very obvious.
Living a healthy lifestyle such as getting plenty of sleep and drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day provide the first lines in defence against wrinkles, according to a report in Germany’s consumer protection magazine Test.
Smoking and ultra-violet light from the sun can damage the skin’s elasticity. A healthy diet through eating lots of vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables will also help keep wrinkles in check.
Proper skincare is another great way to help skin look young. By using aloe vera, for example, you can keep skin supple. Other useful skin-care products are those that contain wheat or black salsify which both have the active ingredient allantoin.
Natural oils such as argan, almond and jojoba will also provide extra moisture. If that all fails, you can fall back on hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain moisture and in certain cases is injected into the skin.
Products sold as anti-aging creams are not especially effective, according to Test. The magazine tested nine anti-aging skin products on 270 women for four weeks, morning and evening on only one side of their faces. On the other side they used a normal moisturising cream.
Both sides were photographed before and after the test phase and compared. The results indicated anti-aging creams had no special effect on the faces.