How to Prevent Wrinkles and Age Gracefully
January 07, 2022
We may not be able to slow down aging, but skincare technology today definitely allows us to slow down signs of aging.
There are multiple skincare products and procedures that help with wrinkles, minimizing its appearance and slowing down its development. Here’s a breakdown of some of the things you can do:
Prevention is always better than correction. Sunscreen will help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.
A sunscreen with at least 30 SPF protection that fights against UVAs and UVBs is recommended.
If you’re spending time and money on special anti-aging creams, treatments and serums but don’t apply sunscreen, all of those will be useless!
Antioxidants (vitamin C serums, glycolic acid, lactic acid, etc) will protect your skin from environmental damages caused by free radicals.
Because free radicals are highly linked to aging, using products that protect your skin from free radicals will help with wrinkles and development of fine lines.
Antioxidants can be found and bought over-the-counter, so it’s never been easier to get.
Retinoids are perfect for prevention and maintaining a youthful look. Retinoids help your skin produce more collagen which are responsible for skin elasticity and hydration allowing your skin to look supple.
Retinoids also help stimulate the production of new blood vessels, improving skin complexion.
Direct Skin Procedures
If you’re past home remedies and prevention and want to take it to the next level, skin direct treatments are effective in preventing wrinkles:
- Botox: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, relaxing facial muscles softening fine lines and lifting the skin.
- Laser skin resurfacing: Precisely removes the outer layer of the skin, reducing fine lines and irregularities.
- Fillers: Fillers often consist of Hyaluronic Acid that fill in hollows, lines, and wrinkles.
Retinol - The Golden Child of Anti-Aging Ingredients
October 06, 2021
Serum this, serum that – it gets confusing, I know. With skincare popping onto the scene and different serums, oils, and creams being thrown at you it’s hard to know what’s what. But don’t worry, I’m here to help! Let’s start with Retinol.
Retinol brings countless benefits to your skin, which is why you’ll find retinoids on the ingredients list of some of the biggest products. So why are people hyping up this acid so much?
Retinol Can Clear Acne and Scarring
I know, this incredible feat sounds like a superpower to some, but it’s true! Retinol can unclog those pesky pores, getting deep into the skin which can prevent future breakouts. Retinol works as a chemical exfoliant, getting rid of old and dead skin cells from the surface. When this occurs, fresher, more youthful skin is left exposed, leaving you with a face smoother than a baby’s bottom.
Retinol Can Fight Signs of Aging
On top of acting as an exfoliant, retinol also aids in increasing your skins collagen levels. Now I know what you’re thinking – what on earth is collagen?? Collagen is the main protein found in your skin as well as other tissues. It’s responsible for your skin’s structure, texture, and elasticity to name a few. When we use retinol to increase collagen levels, our skin is able to “bounce back” and absorb moisture more efficiently. Those wrinkles along your forehead will say sayonara in no time.
How do I use it?
With these benefits and more, you might be thinking retinol is the “golden” ingredient in your journey to skin health. While this can be true, there are risks involved.
To start off, you should only use retinol products at night. Because retinol brings fresh skin cells to the party, your skin becomes extra sensitive to light after use. In order to avoid unwanted sun and light damage, it’s best to apply these products once the sun has set for the day.
Additionally, as with any new product, always do a patch test and ease your skin into it. Don’t go from 0-100 with retinol treatments in hopes of fresh, clear skin. Retinol is an acid at its core, which can lead to visible signs of irritation. Instead, begin using retinol 1-2 times a week while your skin adjusts. Eventually, you’ll be able to increase this frequency to as much as 3-4 times a week.