Everything you Need to know about Wrinkles

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Posted on: 13 February 2020 by Nicky Mose

When you’re young it’s easy to trick yourself into believing that wrinkles will never grace your face. Then suddenly you’re 31 and noticing lines on your face and greys in your hair – it’s enough to cause a quarter-life crisis

But what causes wrinkles and is there anything you can do to delay their arrival or lessen their appearance?

What causes wrinkles?

Wrinkles are caused by a wide range of factors – some unavoidable, some you can control.

  • Facial movements are a big cause of wrinkles. Repeated expressions will lead to wrinkles in the area of your face affected. The nicest example of this is smile lines, frown lines are a little less pleasant.
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays is another major cause of wrinkles and this is something you can minimize. UV breaks down collagen and elastin in your skin, which causes it to weaken, sag, and weaken. This is why wrinkles tend to start on our hands and faces – they’re exposed to the sun more.
  • Smoking cigarettes also speeds up the aging process by reducing blood supply to your skin. The act of smoking itself also leads to a lot of wrinkles around your lips.
  • Alcohol also causes wrinkles by drying out your skin and reducing collagen production.

How to delay and minimize wrinkles

While you can’t stop wrinkles altogether, you can minimize and delay them:

  • If you smoke cigarettes, quit – this will help your skin and your life expectancy
  • Minimize alcohol and drink more water
  • Always wear sunscreen on your face, neck, decolletage, and the backs of your hands. When it’s really sunny, long sleeves and a hat are also smart
  • Wear sunglasses to reduce squinting and associated wrinkles

Can you reverse wrinkles?

You can’t just make wrinkles disappear – we’re sorry to bear this news – but good skincare habits can definitely help.

 Use natural skin care techniques

A great skincare routine is essential to slowing down and minimizing wrinkles. Just make sure you’re avoiding products with harsh chemicals that will harm your skin in the long run.

Use gentle products that won’t strip away the healthy oils in your skin. Use an organic hydrating cleanser and combine it with an alcohol-free toner.

Moisturizers are also essential for keeping your skin younger for longer. Be sure to moisturize every day, not just in the morning but also in the evening using an antioxidant-rich night moisturiser.

Diet and Supplements

If you’re healthy inside you’ll look better outside. Eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetable, and healthy fats, and drink plenty of water.

You can also add in some supplements to ensure you’re getting enough zinc, collagen, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Try non-invasive treatments

Ask your local beauty therapist about these gentle skincare treatments:

  • Microdermabrasion gently removes dead skin cells to encourage healthy new cells to grow. This will leave your skin exposed for a day or two, so avoid excessive sun
  • Natural acid peels use fruit or other naturally acidic ingredients to remove the top layer of skin and rejuvenate your complexion

Invasive treatments

  • Micro-needling makes tiny holes in your skin to stimulate collagen production. It can be painful, but you’ll always be offered a numbing cream – which you should use – and your skin will look a bit rough for a few days afterward
  • Laser therapy is used to destroy dead skin cells and heats up lower layers of skin, which boosts collagen creation. The results of this therapy last longer than gentler treatments so you’ll need to go back less often.
  • Botox is a toxin that blocks the chemical signals that move muscles. It’s usually injected into areas like your forehead and crow’s feet. By stopping muscles from moving, Botox softens and minimizes wrinkles. This can also lead to a slightly unnatural look if overdone and will need to be repeated every 6-12 months.
  • Fillers are injected into wrinkly areas to plump up the skin and smooth wrinkles. They also enhance collagen production and help hydrate the skin. They don’t last forever, so repeat treatments will be necessary.

If you have the budget for it, facelifts are a long-term option. By removing excess skin and tightening underlying tissues, a facelift will give the appearance of younger skin. The effects of the treatment can last for up to 5 years before wrinkles start to appear again. You’ll need a few weeks set aside to heal after the surgery.

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