Ah, the joys of aging and the inevitable wrinkly woes that await us. If only they were as endearing on us as they are on basset hounds, we’d have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, this typically isn’t the case. Whether you’re 25, 55, or somewhere in between, we all can learn a thing or two about preventing and reducing those stubborn creases. Now excuse us while we cool off and take a dip in the fountain of youth. Ready to join us?
What causes wrinkles anyway?
It’s ill-advised to enter a fight without studying the enemy’s greatest weaknesses, right? Before we try to treat our wrinkles, we have to understand why we have them to begin with.
The number one, undeniable wrinkle offender is the sun. Even on an overcast winter day, you are being exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays that are slowly but surely breaking down your connective tissues. Collagen and elastin, the fibers that once gave you a firm and youthful glow, get destroyed when repeatedly subjected to sunlight. Going out and about sans-sunscreen is an open invitation for fine lines.
Next up is poor nutrition. When we indulge our sweet tooth too much, we not only affect our waistlines, but our faces too. When we eat too many sugary snacks, a process called glycation occurs, releasing detrimental molecules into the bloodstream, damaging both your collagen and elastin tissues.
If you are serious about preventing or minimizing your wrinkles, take note. Avoid chewing gum, sleeping on your stomach or side, becoming too dehydrated (especially with alcohol), and smiling (just kidding).
However, if you’re at that certain age, there’s one main culprit to blame. The natural aging process. At this point in the game, it doesn’t hurt to embrace the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. However, don’t give up hope just yet, as there is still much you can do to reduce their appearance.
But wait, I’m wrinkle-free (and 23)… so what?
When you’re young and in your twenties, your estrogen and collagen are declining, whether you realize it or not. The choices you make now will affect how firm, radiant and supple your skin will be in the future. Proactively protect your future skin by staying away from stripping acne washes. Instead, use a cleansing oil at night, and a non-astringent toner to hydrate and stimulate circulation. Also, as crazy as it may seem, it’s not too early to start using eye cream, since this area is the thinnest and frailest, and where fine lines tend to evolve first.
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble
Now that you know your wrinkles and their pain points, it’s time to rein in the troops.
1. SPF (surprise, surprise)
When your skin becomes exposed to sunlight and pollutants, your cells generate free radicals, which damage your skin and accelerate the signs of aging. Jacquelyn Dosal MD, says to never miss a day of SPF. “My top recommendation for fighting wrinkles would be daily sunscreen. You should be wearing at least SPF 30 every day. I can’t stress this enough – it should be 365 days a year, rain or shine, cold or hot. Year round, UVA rays penetrate through windows, and these are the rays that go deep in the skin and are directly responsible for wrinkles, which are even more powerful than UVB rays that give you a sunburn and are blocked by windows. I like to say that UVA “chops up collagen,” and collagen is the holy grail to having great skin.”
Jamie Nelson, a Certified Laser Specialist and owner of Imagine Anti-Aging in Upstate NY, also stresses the need for SPF. “To maintain the health of your skin, and prevent new damage, using full spectrum SFP daily is so important. We at Imagine recommend Elta Md SPF. Combined with cleansing and hydrating AM and PM, you’ve covered all your bases for all natural anti-aging!”
Dr. Dosal is also a strong believer in the benefits of retinol. “Retinol is a very natural ingredient that has the best evidence for preventing and treating wrinkles. It is a form of vitamin A, which is naturally in our skin. I recommend a nightly retinol.” Products that contain retinol are known to reorganize the way our skin repairs itself, which is also known as keratinization. It is also a gentler alternative, to say, Retin A. Eva Claiborne, a Master Aesthetician and licensed Reiki healer from Budapest, remarks on the difference. “In Europe, 40 years ago Retin A was prescribed for acne skin as a 6 week treatment. Here in the US, they started to prescribe Retin A for aging skin and to diminish wrinkles, exfoliate and boost collagen production. However not every skin type can handle it. It can lead to redness, inflammation and irritation. It can be very harsh on the skin.”
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has been proven to protect against damaging UVA rays, reduce pigmentation and improve inflammation. The ascorbic acid form of Vitamin C is best known for correcting wrinkles and fine lines. Our Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream combines
“I also like vitamin C as an antioxidant, and alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid or lactic acid which come from sugar cane or milk, respectively. These are tried and true “natural” ingredients that should be in everyone’s skin care regimen in addition to their daily sunscreen.”
Peptides help your skin cells communicate, tricking it to believe it has lost collagen and needs to produce more. Matrixyl 3000, a type of peptide that can be found in our Aventurine Collagen Booster Serum, isn’t just a quick fix. It actively fights stimulate collagen and skin repair, a necessity for wrinkle prevention and reduction.
Or otherwise known as Vitamin B3. One of our highly sought after products, Aventurine Collagen Booster Serum, contains vitamin B3 and the peptide matrixyl 3000 and will work to instantly regenerate your skin cells and fight against free radicals.