The Best Antidotes for Lines and Wrinkles
What Causes Lines and Wrinkles?
Lines and wrinkles are a natural part of aging. What some people may not know is that the aging process can start as early as your mid-20s. From your mid to late 20s the collagen levels that your body naturally produces already begins to slow down. After the age of 30, those levels begin a long steady decline. Around 1%-2% of collagen is dropped each year and by your 40s and 50s it will be reduced by nearly half.
Collagen is the most abundant protein our body produces. It is a fundamental structural piece of the connective tissues, organs, joints, hair, nails, and your skin. Collagen is the reason your skin stays supple, toned, and strong. Therefore, as you begin to age, and your collagen levels decrease, you start to see lines and wrinkles forming. The environment and your daily life choices can also be causing your skin premature or additional lines and wrinkles. Whether it be a lack of sleep, constant stressing, smoking and drinking, or exposing yourself to the sun too much, everything you do in a day directly contributes to the overall health of your skin.
Best Lifestyle Tips and Tricks to Combat Lines and Wrinkles
The simplest tweaks to your lifestyle can help prevent premature skin aging and can also help with any current signs your skin is showing. A well-balanced diet, a good skin care routine, and shaking any of those bad habits are great first steps in preventing skin aging. Eating healthy, vitamin-packed meals each day can prevent skin damage which leads to skin aging.
Try to eliminate deep fried foods, foods with a lot of sugar, or foods with high proportions of refined carbohydrates from your meals. Such "junk" foods can trigger inflammation in your skin and can accelerate the rate at which collagen declines.
Other simple lifestyle changes such as limiting how much you smoke and drink, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, exercising, and limiting the time you spend in the sun can also have major beneficial effects on your skin. Smoking and drinking can speed up the process of aging skin, and not just on your face, but other areas including your arms and neck. The nicotine in cigarettes narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of your skin which suffocates it with diminished supplies of oxygen and other nutrients. Always apply an appropriate SPF sunscreen if you are going to be outside for prolonged periods of time. A quick change in pace with any of the above and you could drastically reduce the chances of adding wrinkles and lines to your skin.
Over-the-counter Options for Lines and Wrinkles
If you choose from the over-the-counter options to combat your lines and wrinkles, it is important to check out the ingredients before purchasing. Most marketing of a product will "guarantee" it reduces lines and wrinkles, but may not truly be as effective as you hope.
Creams and lotions are only as effective as the active ingredients within them. If you are grabbing an over-the-counter product, look for active ingredients such as: retinol, vitamin C, hydroxy acids, peptides, and tea extracts. Avoid additives that are known to irritate.
Retinol is an alternative and over-the-counter version of tretinoin. Both are vitamin A derivatives that have been proven highly effective in reversing the signs of aged skin. Retinol is milder than tretinoin, but skin irritation is still a common side effect. If you are trying retinol for the first time, go slowly and pay close attention to how your skin reacts.
Vitamin C and other antioxidants help protect and repair the skin from sun damage which leads to the dehydration and drying of your skin. Having sun damaged skin increases the likelihood that it will not retain moisture and will begin to show early signs of aging. The longer you can keep your skin protected, nourished and hydrated, the longer it will go without premature lines and wrinkles.
Advanced Treatments for Lines and Wrinkles
Advanced formulas in over the counter treatments can do a lot to preserve healthy skin. Prevention is always preferable, but it takes some conscientious planning and investment in good quality products. No one wants to undergo peels, injections and surgeries if it can be avoided. At least, postponing the more invasive procedures as long as possible is a good goal.
Surgeries and procedures exist to reverse severe sun damage and fade deep lines and wrinkles. Such procedures include chemical peels, laser treatments, BOTOXÂ® injections, fillers, hyaluronic acid injections, implants, face and brow lifts, and other cosmetic surgery. Each procedure combats a specific aspect of aged skin. If any of these procedures are something you would seriously consider, always consult with a well qualified professional to help with your decision.