You might be standing at the mirror one day, brushing your teeth, when you spot your first noticeable wrinkle. This sends you in to a panic, desperately searching for wrinkle prevention techniques, products, and diets. On the one hand, wrinkles are just a natural part of aging. But what is equally natural is your desire to rid your skin of wrinkles, or even better, to prevent them from forming in the first place. In this article I will discuss the formation of wrinkles, why they appear, and different methods for preventing their formation.
What Causes Skin Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are just creases and folds in the skin. As you’ve noticed, this is a natural part of the aging process. Even before your skin wrinkles because of age and lack of collagen, however, it starts to wrinkle from basic wear and tear. Whether you’re a smiler or a frowner, wrinkles appear where your skin creases in this expressions. The other major contributors to wrinkles are sun damage, dehydration, tobacco use, and various genetic factors which you can’t change. Because your hands and your face are the most frequently exposed, these are the places that wrinkles will first appear. There are many methods and products out there that claim to eliminate or at least reduce wrinkles, but how accurate are these claims?
First Steps In Preventing Wrinkles
Before you turn to some elaborate method or skincare kit that supposedly erases away the signs of aging, first do these simple things to avoid wrinkle formation. Sun damage is by far the major contributor to wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging. Even though a tan looks and feels great, you need to limit your amount of sun exposure to avoid damage down the road. Don’t misunderstand: Vitamin D is great for skin, but too much unmediated sun exposure can be very harmful. If you are the type of person who spends a lot of time outside, make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen. This is the best and easiest way to protect your skin from damage and the signs thereof.
Smoking Or Smoking Hot?
Smoking causes wrinkles too, and if that’s what it takes for you to stop smoking, so be it. Smoking harms nearly every function of your body, including your skin. Many studies confirm the fact that smoke prematurely ages skin by destroying collagen and elastin, both of which are vital to skin health, firmness, and strength.
To Sleep, Perchance To Rejuvenate Skin
Have you ever pulled an all-nighter or simply didn’t sleep well and woke up to find huge bags under your eyes and lines and circles all over your face? These quickly go away throughout the day or by the next, but if this is a chronic condition with you, these wrinkles will start to stick around for good. Make sure you get adequate sleep to keep your skin cells from breaking down. If you have chronic sleep deprivation, make sure you see a doctor about correcting this condition.
Other Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
There are a lot of anti-wrinkle creams and serums out there, so part of this process is trial and error. Basic wrinkle treatments attempt to reduce fine lines, but many of these products do little more than moisturize your skin. Moisturized skin, however, does contribute to healthier-looking skin sometimes simply because it makes skin look brighter and softer. If you want, you can try treatment options like AHAs, Retinoids, or Vitamin C creams. AHAs, technically Alpha-hydroxy acids, remove the top layer of dead skin cells making room for new cells. This may reduce the appearance of fine lines. Retinoids are also very popular in anti aging skincare. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A, and is meant to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and repair damaged areas. The first thing most doctors and dermatologists will recommend is a healthy diet. Drinking plenty of water and eating the many natural foods that increase proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants will keep your skin looking soft, smooth, and youthful!