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7 Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles & Age Spots

Once you hit your 40’s, you most likely will have been affected by two of the major signs of aging--wrinkles and age spots.  If you’ve ever worried that there is nothing you can do to turn back the clock, you’re in for a surprise. You can help reduce these common side effects of aging.

I'm here to share 7 ways to reduce the look of wrinkles and age spots.

1. Stop overcleansing.

Clean skin is essential.  However, so many of you are actually cleansing your skin too much and with harsh cleansers.  You only need to wash your face once daily.  If you thoroughly cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser in the evening to remove your makeup and environmental debris, your skin should be clean.  Simply rinse with water in the morning. Stripping the skin’s natural oils will only make your skin look older.

Try: Jane Iredale Beauty Prep Face Cleanser is my FAVORITE new cleanser. It's totally different than your typical cleanser, as this is a cleansing water. It is chock full of beneficial ingredients, including Cucumber Seed & Cucumber Fruit, Radish Root & Algae. Love it!

2. Sleep well.

There is a reason they say to get your “beauty sleep.”  When you are sleeping, your skin cells are repairing.  This is the key time for your nightly serums and creams to work their magic and get fully absorbed into the skin. A lack of sleep will show, making skin look duller and more wrinkled.

3. Go fishing.

If you do not eat fish, what are you waiting for?  Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for your health and your skin.  Eating a diet with plenty of omega 3’s can reduce inflammation and give your skin a radiant and plump look, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

4. Protect yourself from the sun.

If you are battling wrinkles and age spots, you have the sun to blame as a root cause of the problem.  Exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is what causes skin damage, so you need to be sure to wear a hat and a broad spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors.  If you regularly avoid the sun’s rays at peak hours (between 10 am and 3 pm), your skin will thank you!

On my must-have list: My MOST FAVORITE broad spectrum mineral sunscreen is from Exuviance -- the Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50. It is a dream on all skin types and is never greasy or sticky. It debuted last spring and I will never be without it.

5. Try microdermabrasion.

There are many at home microdermabrasion systems, from peel pads to hand held devices.  Microdermabrasion takes exfoliation to a whole new level with crystals and can reduce both wrinkles and age spots with regular use over a short period of time.

Top pick: A couple years back, I was sent the Rejuvaderm MD Microdermabrasion System from Trophy Skin. I love it and am a faithful user. HERE is the original review.

6. Look for products with Coenzyme Q 10.

Coenzyme Q10 is a very potent antioxidant known for its cardiovascular benefits.  It also is the perfect place to start if you are trying to reduce wrinkles and age spots. Not only can this antioxidant help prevent the signs of aging, but it is believed to correct them with cumulative use.

The best in Q10 - Without a doubt, the best facial product on the market featuring an anti-aging cocktail which includes this ingredient is Estee Lauder NightWear Plus Antioxidant Night Detox Creme.

7. Take time to smell the flowers (sunflowers, that is).

We don’t often associate sunflowers with youthful skin, but sunflower seeds are a hidden gem when it comes to skin care. Sunflower seeds contain Sesamol, an antioxidant, which can fight the signs of aging.  They also help to reveal a smoother skin texture, making wrinkles less obvious. You can get the benefits of this antioxidant by eating sunflower seeds, sunflower seed butter, or by drinking sunflower milk. You can also find some fab facial products enriched with sunflower seed oil.

My choice: I eat sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe's on Ezekiel bread regularly for my sunflower -- plus, there is a fantastic facial oil with sunflower seed oil from Bare Minerals that I can wholeheartedly recommend called Mineralixirs 5 Oil Blend.

You don’t have sit back and tolerate your wrinkles and age spots. You can help decrease these common signs of aging. Follow my 7 steps and you should start to see results in a few short weeks.