Anti-Aging Products and Treatments for Wrinkle Prevention

When anyone talks about the signs of aging on the face, he or she is almost always talking about wrinkles. Fine lines and small wrinkles are the result of the passage of time and exposure to the elements, notably excessive exposure to sunlight. Deeper folds, such as the nasolabial lines that go from the nose to the corners of the mouth or furrows across the forehead, are usually caused by facial movements and the loss of underlying fat that comes with age.

Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by physical changes in the skin brought on by age and exposure to sun. As we age, our skin becomes drier and more likely to form fine lines and wrinkles. The structure of the skin begins to weaken and lose collagen and elastin, which are proteins that are important to the elasticity of the skin.

You can't do anything about the march of time, but you can help prevent damage to your skin from the elements. Tanned and wind-burned skin is damaged skin. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight. This means that you should apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 daily. Reapply it regularly, especially if you are perspiring from exercise or swimming. To protect your face, get into the habit of wearing a hat with a brim.

If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer daily. If you live in a very dry climate, reapply it during the day. Avoid taking very hot showers, since they can dry out your skin. Drink plenty of water to help moisturize your skin from the inside. The rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Wrinkle Prevention: Eating for Younger Skin

You should eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that help prevent damage by free radicals, which are unstable chemicals that damage the cells in your body. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals and help reduce their damage to the skin. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, antioxidants are depleted, which puts your skin at increased risk for wrinkles, fine lines, and premature aging. Try to eat foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and the nutrients lutein and lycopene, all of which are antioxidants.

Heres a short list of foods rich in antioxidants:

  • Foods abundant in vitamin A include liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks and mozzarella cheese.
  • Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is in many fruits and vegetables, as well as cereals, beef, poultry, and fish.
  • Vitamin E is in almonds, mangos, nuts, broccoli, and in wheat germ, safflower, corn and soybean oils.
  • Beta-carotene is found in naturally orange-colored foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and squash, and in leafy green vegetables.
  • Lutein (also very good for healthy eyes) is found in leafy green vegetables.
  • Lycopene is found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, and blood oranges.

Anti-Aging Products for Treating Winkles and Lines

Many skin care products that are advertised as being able to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles contain antioxidants. These products are available as creams, lotions, ointments, and gels.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A that is now available in many antiaging and skin care products, both prescription and over-the-counter. Vitamin A promotes health of the skins top layer the epidermis and increases collagen and elastin formation in the next layer of the skin the dermis which helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

Retinol is available in many products and many forms such as gels, serums, peels, creams, and make-up removal products.

Products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can also help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. In higher doses, AHAs are used in much stronger formulations in chemical peels, which remove the topmost layer of skin and cause the skin to form more collagen. In weaker formulations, they slowly rejuvenate your skin, removing many fine lines and causing the skin to become firmer and more youthful looking.

Over-the-counter products containing AHAs can be used to help eliminate sun damage, unevenness, pimples, and splotchiness. They produce a mild rejuvenation and must be used regularly for the best results and to maintain those results. Stronger products are available by prescription.

Other treatment for wrinkles and fine lines are laser skin resurfacing and dermabrasion or microdermabrasion.

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