Wrinkles indicate age particularly for women -
as most find it problematic for beauty and are worth eliminating if possible.
The best way to deal with wrinkles is to prevent or postpone them for as long as
natural aging process is also known as "intrinsic aging". This is a
continuous process that begins as early as our mid to late 20s. Elastin
is responsible for the skin's ability of snapping back into place.
Collagen is what "plumps" our skin out. As we age, within
the skin the collagen and elastin production slows way down. Dead cells do
not shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells decrease slightly.
Although it is stated that this aging process can start as early as our 20s, the
signs of intrinsic aging are normally not seen for decades.
Signs of Intrinsic Aging:
Thin or transparent skin
Bones shrink away from skin
(naturally occurring bone loss)
Skin is not as elastic
Inability of the skin to cool
itself (loss of sweat glands)
Exposure to the sun rays even just a few
minutes a day can cause noticeable changes to the skin.
Some of the problematic issues that the
sun's exposure can cause are:
Spider veins on the face
Rough and leathery skin
Actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous legions)
Skin cancer (basal cell - squamous cell - melanoma)
over a period of years. This type of aging is caused by exposure to the
sun's rays. With repeated exposure to sun, the skin is unable to repair
itself and the damage accumulates. Ultra-violet
(UV) exposure breaks down collagen
and impairs the synthesis of new collagen - and it has the ability to attack the
Performing facial exercises to maintain a youthful looking appearance can
actually contribute to new fine lines and wrinkles (American
Academy of Dermatologists). Each time we use a
facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin - which is why we
are able to see lines form with each facial expression. Because we lose
collagen and elastin as we age, its elasticity stops - allowing these grooves
become permanently etched the face.
Sleeping with your
face on the pillow in the same way every night for years can also lead to
wrinkles. Called "sleep lines" - these wrinkles become etched on the
surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is on the pillow.
Side sleeping with
your face in the pillow can create lines on the chin and cheek area.
Men tend to notice
lines on the forehead since they are more apt to sleeping with their face
pressed face down into the pillow.
Sleeping on your back
is the best position of all - simply because the face does not make contact with
the crumbled pillow.
causes so much damage inside our bodies as well as outside with accelerating
aging. People who smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day for a minimum of 10
years are more likely to develop deeply wrinkled leather skin than a non-smoker.
Smokers can also
develop an unhealthy yellowish hue to their complexion
Facial wrinkling -
although it might not be visible, can be seen under a microscope in smokers as
young as 20 years old.
The following preventative steps help with
sunlight - as the sun can penetrate the skin surface with its rays and
destroy tissue of the skin - which can lead to wrinkles.
Tanning is caused
by the sun stimulating production of melanin as a protective response
against sunburn. Both tanning and burning are separate from the damage
that occurs to the deeper layer of the skin tissue - which is caused by
Make sure you
ALWAYS wear a good sun screen at all times - 30 SPF or higher.
Eating a good
diet that provides all the adequate nutrients and vitamins needed to
maintain good skin health. Supplements with a good multi-vitamin or
specific vitamins for the skin can help also. Vitamins that are
claimed to have beneficial effects for skin health include A - C - D
act by increasing the volume of tissue cells and smoothing out the wrinkle
or line. They cannot however eliminate deep wrinkles.
are suitable for patients with busy lifestyles and do not want the
inconvenience of a long recovery.
The face lift is a
proven effective cosmetic surgery treatment for wrinkles, pouches, bags, and
as BOTOX - is
very popular as a treatment for wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet),
glabellar line and forehead lines. BOTOX acts by blocking neurotransmitters
to the muscle, and end up blocking muscular contraction.