A guide to treating wrinkles: how to prevent and smooth fine lines and wrinkles

A guide to treating wrinkles: how to prevent and smooth fine lines and wrinkles

Whether you are looking for ways to prevent wrinkles or iron some fine lines out, here’s the ultimate how-to!

If you have wrinkles, first of all, be thankful: aging is a privilege and you should be proud of your story. There are, however, some measures you can take to prevent them and smooth fine lines.

What are wrinkles?

As you age, your skin naturally starts to dry out, the fat in your face starts to diminish, collagen production decreases and your skin loses elasticity and becomes more fragile. There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic –caused by repetitive facial movements– and static wrinkles –the ones that remain in your face regardless of the muscles you make. the latter, develop and worsen due to external factors, like prolonged sun exposure, and dynamic wrinkles actually become static.

There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic ans static wrinkles.

The causes

The factors that contribute the most to the loss of elasticity and skin fragility and eventually make the skin crease are mainly too much sun exposure, smoking, and, of course, aging. You cannot control the passage of time, and actually shouldn’t be too concerned, but you can actually control other factors that contribute to skin aging and wrinkles.

UV light coming from the sun breaks down collagen and elastin fibers in your skin, that is why you should always wear sunscreen –this is the best protection against aging. Smokers are also prone to wrinkles.

Typical wrinkles

Your face is more likely to wrinkle because of the number of muscles we have and because it is more exposed to the sun.

Crow’s-feet

They are one of the first signs of aging as the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body. They are also expression lines associated with joy, other lines, like the ones between your brows are associated with frowning.

Crow’s-feet

Glabellar lines, i.e.: The “elevens”

They are called elevens because they look like the number and they are caused by frowning.

Laugh lines

These wrinkles extend from the notes to the outer corners of the mouth and are usually caused by loss of subcutaneous fat as you age.

Forehead lines

Forehead lines

These are the horizontal lines across your forehead caused by raising your eyebrows repeatedly.

How to treat wrinkles

Retinoids

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that stimulate cell turnover and boost collagen production, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles

Antioxidants

Antioxidants —vitamin C, niacinamide, or resveratrol— neutralize free radicals and boost collagen production. Free radicals damage our skin and cause wrinkles, to prevent this damage, cleanse the skin, apply an antioxidant serum and then apply sunscreen after waiting 3 to 5 minutes.

Sunscreen

Always wear sunscreen,

This is actually the best protection against aging, wear sunscreen every day, even if you are staying inside.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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