What's Up With These Lines & Wrinkles?

Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural consequence of aging. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and drier, because the skin cells are less able to produce the oils and collagen that keep it firm and moisturized. Also, skin loses its ability to protect itself against free radical damage. All of these work against your skin to create wrinkles.

Skin ages all over the body, but much more quickly where the skin is chronically exposed to the sun, such as the tops of hands, forearms, neck and face. Not coincidentally, this is where most wrinkles appear.

Wrinkles also appear secondary to years of chronic muscle tensing. Women wear a lot of tension on their face: wrinkling their brow and forehead in response to stress, squinting secondary to eye strain or keeping smoke out of your eyes when smoking (as an aside, smoking also damages collagen, it is bad for your skin!). All of this can lead to formation of wrinkles.

Other things that can promote wrinkle formation are having a light skin type, genetics, hairstyles (some provide more protection than others), and recreational and occupational habits (using tanning booths, sailing, gardening, golfing, etc.).

Some of these factors are beyond our control. The main preventive measures we can take are to minimize sun exposure and not smoke. Other preventive measures include using a daily moisturizer that penetrates the skin and daily use of topical antioxidants, including vitamin C, E, and ubiquinone (ingredients found in LifeCell).

Remember, wrinkles look worse when skin is dry and dull, so use a good moisturizer, which, even though it won’t treat wrinkles, will help prevent more wrinkles and give your skin an overall glow.

Wrinkles come in two categories: fine surface lines and deep furrows. If your wrinkles are bothering you, you have more options than ever to help eliminate the wrinkles, or, at the least, diminish their appearance. Topical wrinkle treatments, in general, are much more effective for treatment of fine lines. Deeper wrinkles and creases may require more aggressive treatment techniques, such as injection of fillers or plastic surgery.

Read about, "How To Reduce Wrinkles," and watch them disappear over time!