Wrinkles: nobody wants them, but everyone gets them. Fortunately, there are dozens of new products and procedures on the market that will help keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. The first thing to do when beginning your fight against fine lines and wrinkles? Learn exactly what causes them. Skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue, which is a fatty layer of tissue housing our blood vessels and nerves. As we age, these layers of skin start to thin. Production of collagen (the connective tissue that keeps skin looking tight and toned) decreases and elasticity begins to deteriorate. The result is often a loss of moisture and an inevitable wrinkling and sagging of the skin. What's more, things we do everyday can speed up this aging process.
Everything from drinking and smoking to sitting in the sun can dry skin out prematurely. If skin isn't properly cared for, wrinkles can start cropping up as early as your late-20s. That's why Get The Look is helping you combat fine lines and wrinkles with a few things you can do to prolong the effects of aging.
ANTI-AGING: HOW TO REDUCE FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
LOOK FOR THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
Early on, fine lines, which usually crop up around the eyes and lips, can be treated with any number of creams and lotions. Look for products that contain retinol, a type of vitamin A that's extremely rich in antioxidants. It's been shown to promote the production of skin-building compounds in the epidermis. You can also try collagen fillers or ones that provide a long-lasting lift using hyaluronic acid, a substance the body produces naturally. It helps our skin retain water, so that it looks plump.
One of the best ways to combat fine lines and wrinkles is to treat them before they even appear. Once you reach your 20s, start thinking about adding anti-aging creams and under-eye creams to your morning and nighttime skin care routine. There are a number of products available that thicken your skin and reduce wrinkles.
You've heard it before, but moisturizer is a key ingredient in your everyday skincare routine, whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin. A good moisturizer will keep skin hydrated and soften wrinkles, and should be used especially on areas of our skin that more prone to wrinkles (the eye and lip area). If you have naturally oily skin, stick to moisturizing once per day, after cleansing your face, and twice per day if you have dry skin.
A person should exfoliate at least once per week or more, depending on your skin type. Look for exfoliating products that contain skin-safe acids – like alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, salicylic or glycolic – to slough away dead skin cells and improve the skin's texture and moisture. These acids also help speed up cell renewal.
Last but certainly not least, apply sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 thirty minutes before sun exposure for the best anti-aging protection. This will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Remember, sunscreen should be applied daily before makeup and after your skin has been cleansed no matter how sunny the day, or what season it is (your skin can still become damaged in the winter!). An easy way to incorporate SPF seamlessly into your skin care routine is to look for a moisturizer that contains SPF. Also, look for sunscreen products that contain zinc or titanium oxide in the ingredients.