Understanding Your Wrinkles And How To Naturally Reduce Them
Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. As we age, skin cells split and regenerate more slowly, and the middle layer of the skin, called the dermis, begins to thin. The dermis is a network of elastin and collagen fibers that offers support and elasticity. As this network loosens with time, depressions are created on the skin surface. Aging skin is also unable to retain moisture, less efficient in secreting oil, and slower to heal. All these factors contribute to the development of wrinkles.
Simply by keeping your skin hydrated and nourished you can slow down this natural journey. Hydrate your skin by drinking about 8 glasses of water a day. Moisturize the skin on your face twice daily. Use skincare products that contain antioxidants and AHA's. These are hydrating acids that remove the top layer of your dead skin cells and they include Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.
Facial Muscle Contractions
Lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows (frown lines), and jutting from the corner of the eyes (crow's feet) are believed to develop because of small muscle contractions. Smiling, frowning, squinting and other frequent facial expressions also make wrinkles become more prominent. Over time, these expressions coupled with gravity contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
I keep sharing some face yoga techniques occasionally. Find some of your own all over the gram and incorporate them in your skincare routines as you do other exercise. These anti-gravity and anti-aging exercises are an incredible way to keep wrinkles at bay.
Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in premature aging of the skin, also known as photoaging. This exposure to UV light breaks down collagen fibers and leads to the production of unhealthy elastin. When ultraviolet light damages skin tissue, an enzyme called metalloproteinase is produced. This enzyme creates and reforms collagen. During the process, however, some healthy collagen fibers are damaged, resulting in solar elastosis—the disorganized formation of fibers. Wrinkles develop when the rebuilding process occurs over and over, less efficiently and more disorganized each time. So back to the boring basics always wear sunscreen whether it’s cloudy or sunny and don’t sunbake. I've said this repeatedly and I’m finding it shocking that not enough of you are wearing sunscreen. I know this from our sunscreen sales in Pakistan. Not enough Pakistanis believe in or understand the detrimental effects of sun damage.
You know that healthy skin constantly regenerates. Old collagen is broken down and removed, and new collagen is produced. So why all the fuss about smoking and aging. Researchers have found that smoking causes a marked reduction in the production of new collagen. Hence the decreased collagen results in the development of wrinkles.So yes people, stop smoking and preserve your collagen.
Most of the above factors unfortunately are out of our control, but our lifestyle is one of the major causes of wrinkles and aging. This is the main reason why our mothers despite having not so stellar skincare routines still aged relatively slowly and in a controlled manner. They grew up with less environmental pollution around. Didn’t have the social or lifestyle pressures that we have today. Look at impact that just social media is alone causing and the added stress to always look good. So actively try to reduce stress. (Try reading, exercising, meditating) 15 minutes a day is a good start. Reduce social media and screen time. I’m writing this and trying to say this to myself as well. Never has my own skin looked as bad as it has since I’ve started consuming more screen time. Reduce alcohol consumption. Eat healthily by incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Lastly Sleep at least 8 hours every night.
I know what Im saying is easier said than done. But I do believe Irrespective of the pressure, the influences that are within our control are largely environmental such as pollution (eg; smoking) and sun damage and a proper combination of diet and supplements can definitely impact aging and the wrinkling of your skin. Lifestyle changes won’t stop wrinkles, but by mindfully take some of the above steps in your life will definitely slow down aging. The next time you look at the furrows between your brows and the crows feet around your eyes try and do it with a loss less judgement, dread and fear and ask yourself the conversation those wrinkles are having with you. Listen to that conversation, there are more answers in there than you can imagine.