While you work on staying young, your body and the world around you are working against you. Botox and dermal fillers are part of a billion-dollar industry that just keeps on growing as we keep aging. However, if you regularly wear your sunglasses when you go outside, you can do a lot to stave off the need for Botox injections or any other cosmetic procedure for a long time.
1. Time to stop squinting!
Crows’ feet – those pernicious little wrinkles at the corners of your eyes – are created by repeated squinting over the years. In other words, the more you squint, the more crows’ feet you’ll get and the deeper they’ll get, too. That’s why so many people choose injections such as Botox that partially paralyze the muscles around their eyes, nose, and/or mouth to avoid creating these fine lines and wrinkles.
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Many people would rather not resort to Botox injections to solve this problem. Arguably the best way to preserve your skin and reduce wrinkles with a natural, long-term strategy is to reduce the amount of facial movement (squinting), and a simple approach is to wear your sunglasses every time you go outside during the day.
When you wear sunglasses and cut down on glare, you won’t have to squint and use the muscles around your eyes to block out light. You’ll be able to walk around during the day with a relaxed expression that won’t add any wrinkles to your face.
2. Just chill out: decreasing stress and fatigue
Another benefit of wearing sunglasses is their stress and fatigue reduction ability. When you squint and strain your eye muscles, they get fatigued. This causes headaches and further mental & physical fatigue. Furthermore, it can add significant stress from keeping yourself awake and on task when you feel fatigued and headache-y.
That stress, fatigue, and pain builds up over time. You’ll find yourself furrowing your brow more often, squinting more to focus, and generally feeling tired and low on energy. All of these factors add up to a lot more aging on your face that can be greatly alleviated just by giving your eye muscles a rest by wearing sunglasses everyday.
3. Triple up with sunblock and a hat
When you’re headed outside, you can further help yourself by applying SPF15 or greater sunblock and wearing a hat. WebMD is a great resource for choosing a sunblock/sunscreen.
Sunblock serves as both a protective layer from destructive UVB rays as well as a moisturizer for retaining dermal pliability in direct sun conditions. UVA/UVB radiation can hurt your vision and your skin without proper protection, so protect yourself with sunglasses and sunblock and stay young and healthy for years to come!