Sooner or later it happens. You peer into the mirror and see delicate lines that you don’t remember seeing yesterday. Your skin is aging. Can you slow the process? Can you erase those fine lines all together? Is it safe to try? Is the expense worth the effort? Learn how to minimize wrinkles and fine lines with our tips below.
When does skin start to age?
Skin begins aging when we are in our 20’s, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The production of collagen, a substance that keeps skin smooth and supple, begins to slow at that time. Our skin’s elasticity gradually becomes more relaxed as well, and new skin cells are not formed quite as quickly. Bad habits, like unprotected sun exposure, smoking, and poor nutrition, often speed up this aging process. Many women do not see the evidence of these changes until their late 30’s or early 40’s, but eventually the signs of aging skin confront all of us.
Fortunately, medical science has found that some substances are effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lotions and creams that contain antioxidants are some of the most widely recommended. Antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals (highly charged oxygen molecules) that can lead to skin damage. Common, and safe, antioxidant skin cream ingredients include Retinol A, Vitamin C, tea extracts, grape seed extract, and niacinimide, according to the Mayo Clinic.
How can we minimize fine lines?
Hydroxy acids also can help minimize fine lines. These substances, listed as alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids or poly hydroxy acids, work by exfoliating the skin. Exfoliation involves removing the old, dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, and promoting the production of new, smoother skin cells underneath.
The Mayo Clinic also reports that lotions containing the ingredient Coenzyme Q10 may reduce fine wrinkles found in the skin around the eyes, and may also help prevent some sun damage to the skin.
Though medical science has consistently demonstrated certain skin benefits from each of these ingredients, the Mayo Clinic cautions consumers that there is no guarantee that any product available over-the-counter will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for everyone. The organization recommends that consumers consider the following information before purchasing skin care products designed to treat fine lines or wrinkles:
- Most creams must be used on a consistent daily basis for several weeks before results are evident.
- Price does not automatically translate to effectiveness. Costly skin creams may not be any more effective than the bargain brands.
- The combination of several different ingredients may not be any more successful than using a product that contains just one effective ingredient.
- Over-the-counter skin creams contain lower doses of effective ingredients than do prescription skin creams, and results will be limited accordingly.
- Any product can have side effects. Be sure to read and follow directions to limit problems like reddening skin, burning, or rashes.
- Skin care is individual. Even though a product is effective for some, it may not be as effective for others.
While skin creams and lotions can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, they should not be the only line of defense. Many dermatologists recommend limiting sun exposure by using sunscreen and protective clothing, not smoking, and eating a well-balanced diet with adequate hydration, as measures that are critical to fending off wrinkles and maintaining healthy skin.
The skincare experts at Vivia Center can talk to you more about how to minimize wrinkles and fine lines. Request a free skin consultation and we’ll give you a personalized skincare plan!