Wrinkles and everything you need to know to protect your skin from ageing rapidly.

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Wrinkles are folds, ridges or creases, in the skin. They naturally appear as people get older 

 

Introduction 

 

Wrinkles are a natural part of growing older, and they affect everyone. However, many people dislike the appearance of wrinkles, and, as a result. This article looks at why people get wrinkles, what causes them, and what increases their appearance. It also looks at some methods that people use to reduce wrinkles, some of which are more effective than others.


The first wrinkles tend to appear on a person’s face in areas where the skin naturally folds during facial expressions. They develop due to the skin becoming thinner and less elastic over time. Wrinkles also tend to appear on parts of the body that receive most sun exposure, such as the face and neck, back of the hands, and arms.


What’s causing wrinkles?

Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process. As people get older, their skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic, which means it is less able to protect itself from damage. This leads to wrinkles, creases, and lines on the skin.

Facial expressions, such as smiling, frowning, or squinting, lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles at a young age. These lines deepen as the person gets older.

When a person is young, their skin springs back. As they get older, the skin loses its flexibility, and it becomes more difficult for the skin to spring back, resulting in permanent grooves.

Wrinkles affect people of different skin tones differently due to structural and functional differences in the skin.  The compact dermis is thicker in the skin of people with asian or african descent, which likely protects against facial wrinkles.

Many factors affect the development of wrinkles, including:

  • sun exposure
  • smoking
  • dehydration
  • some medications
  • environmental and genetic factors

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from sunbathing, tanning booths, and outdoor sports increase the development of wrinkles.

Darker skin contains more melanin and protects from many harmful effects of UV radiation, but this doesn’t mean you should not use sunscreen. 

People who work in sunlight have a higher chance of early wrinkles. Wearing clothes that cover the skin, such as hats or long sleeves, may delay the development of wrinkles.

Regular smoking accelerates the ageing process of the skin because it reduces the blood supply to the skin. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, and dry skin is more likely to develop wrinkles.

 

Prevention 

Topical retinoids derived from vitamin A. They aim to reduce fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and skin roughness. They do this by increasing collagen production in the skin.

However, using retinoids can cause the skin to burn in sunlight, so it’s essential to protect the skin while using the retinoids. Possible adverse effects include:

  • dryness
  • itching
  • a burning sensation
  • tingling
  • discoloured areas

The active ingredients in wrinkle products vary in type and concentration. Concentrations in over-the-counter (OTC) wrinkle products will be significantly lower than prescription ones. The concentration will affect how well they work.

People may notice slight-to-modest results from the following medications:

  • Retinol or Bakuchiol. Our serums Hebe, Adonis and Aphrodite contains Bakuchiol, which is nature's alternative to retinol.
  • alpha hydroxy acids
  • kinetin
  • coenzyme Q10
  • copper peptides, which are found in our toner Anthousai
  • antioxidants

Everybody gets wrinkles and lines that become more prominent over time. Some ways to prevent or reduce their development include:

  • Using sun protection. Avoiding UV exposure reduces skin damage. Dermatologists recommend wearing a hat and clothing to protect the skin and using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher every day.
  • Moisturizing regularly. Moisturizing prevents dryness, which reduces the chance of wrinkles forming.
  • Quitting smoking. Smoking greatly speeds up skin ageing and causes skin wrinkles.
  • Drinking less alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which causes damage over time.
  • Eating a healthful, balanced diet. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can prevent skin damage, whereas sugar and refined carbs can speed up skin ageing.
  • Washing your face twice a day. Use a gentle cleanser. Rubbing the skin can cause irritation and speed up skin ageing.
  • Washing your face after heavy sweating. Sweat can irritate the skin, causing damage over time. This is especially true when wearing a hat or helmet.

 

FAQ

 

My parents both have wrinkles, and I’m bound to get them, too?

  • You may have inherited your eyes or your humour from your parents, but probably not your wrinkles 

There’s one perfect anti-ageing skincare routine out there

  • Your sister, best friend, dad, neighbour — everyone has a different skincare routine. 

The question is: 

  • Does someone have the secret to a perfect skin routine that avoids wrinkles and everyone else is just wasting their time? “The short answer is no; there’s not one perfect anti-ageing skincare routine you’re missing out on

The best treatments for wrinkles are expensive

  • Because wrinkles are inevitable, many companies have formulated treatments and procedures claiming to make your skin smooth and wrinkle-free — some of which come with a hefty price tag. But wrinkle treatments don’t have to break the bank, and there are ways to take care of your skin without spending excessive amounts of money. If you’ve found yourself spending hundreds of dollars on dozens of different anti-wrinkle products, stop over-treating and overspending. The most effective wrinkle routines are minimal, and you should use as few products as possible. Downsizing your regimen will save you money, and it’s better for your skin, anyway.  

Moisturizing prevents wrinkles from forming

  • Giving some love to your skin through moisture is a must, but it’s not going to necessarily prevent wrinkles from forming. However, it may make them a little less noticeable. Moisturizer, along with sunscreen, is one of the most critical skincare products. However, it’s often slightly misrepresented as a way to prevent wrinkles. “When you apply moisturizer, it traps the water in your skin, keeping skin hydrated and plumped. This can make your wrinkles less visible, but it won’t prevent them from forming in the first place,” 

Don’t throw away your moisturizer just yet, though. In addition to reducing the appearance of wrinkles, moisturizers will brighten your complexion, which is also helpful to make wrinkles less obvious. The bottom line: Moisturize regularly, but don’t rely on moisturizing alone to halt the ageing process and prevent wrinkles from forming.

 

You only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny

  •  When the sun is shining, you might feel it burning your skin, reminding you to apply — and reapply — sunscreen. However, even when the clouds are out it’s essential to wear sunscreen and protective sun gear such as hats and sunglasses. Not only does sunscreen reduce your chances of skin cancer, but it’s also one of the most effective anti-ageing products available. Sunscreen protects your skin from damaging UV rays, and it also allows your skin to repair itself to prevent further damage. The newest sunscreens can further protect against other damaging forces such as blue light, infrared and pollution, which we now know also contribute significantly to skin ageing. To get the most out of your sunscreen, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which contains protection for UVA and UVB rays as well as other sources of damage. “You should also find a sunscreen that contains antioxidants to get extra protection from light and pollution,” . No product or procedure can completely reverse the damage of not wearing sunscreen”. 

 

Wrinkles are a normal part of the ageing process. Fine lines appear first, and then the creases deepen when the skin begins to lose its elasticity.

People can use various treatments to reduce wrinkles. Lifestyle changes, such as moisturizing, wearing sun protection, eating a healthful diet, avoiding smoking, and drinking less alcohol, may help prevent or delay the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Marina Livia
Co-founder 

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