Getting Ahead of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
They go by many different names: wrinkles, crow’s feet, Venus rings, frown lines, marionette lines, smile lines, and laugh lines. Whatever you call them, chances are you’d prefer to keep those fine lines to a minimum and even soften any wrinkles that have already started developing.
A wrinkle is simply a small furrow or crease in the skin, but sometimes fine lines are more than just mere annoyances.
Understanding the cause of your fine lines and the best methods of wrinkle treatment and prevention will allow you to experience graceful beauty as you age.
There are many factors that can cause wrinkles and fine lines including:
- hormonal changes
- genetics and skin tone
- sun exposure and damage
- lack of sleep
- poor hydration and nutrition
- habitual facial expressions
- rapid weight loss
But don’t let these causes put a furrow in your brow, all of them actually have a common component.
The underlying issue for all of these factors is simply the loss of collagen. Ultimately, wrinkles and fine lines appear when your skin’s collagen deteriorates.
For many of these wrinkles causes, a loss of collagen can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle and diet choices. For those facial wrinkle causes that you can’t control, however, you can find the right ingredients in your skin care.
You skin goes through natural changes as we age:
- Cells divide more slowly and the inner layer of skin starts to thin. The thinning skin is prone to injuries and damage.
- The deeper layer of the skin, which provides the framework for the surface skin layers, loosens and unravels. Older skin sags and forms furrows.
- Oil-secreting glands shrink, leaving the skin without a protective layer of oil. The skin’s ability to stay moisturized then decreases, becoming dry and scaly.
Collagen is a protein in your body which is a key structural component in tissue connectivity.
This means that your skin’s collagen is responsible for its strength and elasticity. It’s also an essential element for your skin to heal and renew itself.
When given proper care, skin is able to produce healthy collagen cells and make the skin more plump and promote its elasticity.
When your skin is strong and elastic, it can move and crease without creating lasting wrinkles. But this doesn’t mean that you should seek a wrinkle cream that contains collagen.
Unfortunately, molecules of collagen are too large for your skin to absorb, so it is best to look for ingredients that will protect existing collagen and increase cell turnover to help stimulate collagen production.
Understanding the cause of facial wrinkles will help you know how to best prevent and treat pesky fine lines.
Ingredients to Look for:
- Essential fatty acids
- Natural oils
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K
- Aloe vera
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid (like Glycolic Acid)
- Mineral SPF: Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide
It’s important to remember that any and all skin care products and ingredients must come and work together to slow down the natural appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as we age.
Facial wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Wrinkles will also be noticeable on other parts of the body that have received the most sun exposure over the years – your neck, hands, chest, and forearms.
While we can’t completely reverse or stop the effects of time, a thorough, daily skin care routine containing the right ingredients will help improve the overall condition and everyday healthy of your skin long-term while preventing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles with continued care.