Wrinkles 101

You probably know what wrinkles are, because you can look at pretty much anyone and see them. Truly, even younger people have little lines around their eyes or mouths sometimes. But, did you know that another name for a wrinkle is a rhytide? And, a wrinkle is generally a fold or a crease in the skin that appears there because you’ve moved that part of your face too often. The majority of wrinkles come from natural aging. But, some do come from the environment or your lifestyle choices.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Aging – Over time, your skin loses more and more collagen and elastin. And, those are the two main components that keep your skin firm and thick. So, you start seeing wrinkles form because those two main parts of your skin are starting to disappear. Most wrinkles that come from actual aging are due to repeated facial expressions or just your genes.

Environmental Factors – There are tons of different ways the environment can mess with your skin. For example, free radicals in your environment will disrupt the DNA of your skin cells and actually make you wrinkle before you should. Free radicals also come from a variety of places, like UV rays, pollution, smoke, and stress. These factors can be harder to fend off, but there are serums that block the damage free radicals do to your skin. And, those are called antioxidant serums.

Lifestyle Choices – Now, this is where preventing your wrinkles is somewhat in your control. But, you have to start early and be diligent with protecting yourself. For example, if you like tanning, you’re going to have more wrinkles. And, the same goes for smoking cigarettes. Then, whether you have a skincare routine or not plays a big part in how many wrinkles you have. Because, hydrated skin doesn’t wrinkle as quickly as dry skin, and normal skin care routines combat dry skin. Basically, you need to start in your 20s to truly prevent some of the deepest wrinkles you get.

Can You Erase Wrinkles?

There are thousands of products on the market that claim they can erase wrinkles. However, only a select few contain the right ingredients to actually make a difference. Below, we’ll cover ingredients that can actually help make you look younger.

Retinol – This is one of the only clinically proven ingredients that can help reduce the look of wrinkles on your face. Because, it helps increase cell turnover and push new cells to the surface layer. And, that helps new cells that aren’t wrinkled come to the surface.

Peptides – Another clinically proven ingredient, this one is your skin’s best friend. Because, peptides are made of the same proteins as collagen molecules. So, when your skin is low in collagen, it can use these peptides to rebuild itself. And, that means tighter and brighter skin for you.

Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic Acid helps with preventing future wrinkles. Because, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. And, the more hydrated your skin is, the less likely it is to wrinkle. So, you can actually look years younger just by using this ingredient.

What About Injections Or Lasers?

Injections and laser treatments are incredibly popular choices among women for erasing wrinkles. However, if you actually want to take care of your skin, you need a serum or cream. Injections can’t do anything for the health of your skin. In other words, they may be able to erase the look of wrinkles, but your skin won’t be more hydrated, radiant, or healthy looking. Plus, those treatments can’t prevent future wrinkles, or protect your skin from free radicals. So, if you want to save money and do more for your skin, we recommend reaching for a serum or cream containing the ingredients listed above.

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