Wrinkles. They are the bane of your existence, giving away your age, or worse, making you look far older than you are. There are millions of products on the market that promise to reduce wrinkles. However, even though you can slather on the face creams and stay out of the sun to try to avoid the inevitable, one way or another, the wrinkles will appear. But how much do you know about wrinkles, and can you actually get rid of them? Here, we take an honest look at eight facts most people don’t know about wrinkles.
1. Pricey cream myth
Skin creams are often referred to as “hope in a bottle” by in-the-know skincare professionals. Why? Because they are advertised with the promise of erasing the lines of time, providing you with more youthful skin. The truth is that the creams will do little to improve the common issues with ageing skin, including those annoying wrinkles and sagging skin. Although you might see modest results, you will not be turning back the hands of time with anti-ageing creams, no matter how much you pay for them. Instead, you need proven wrinkle treatments to help defy the signs of ageing.
2. Diet counts
If staying thin and healthy isn’t enough to keep you focused on eating well, a British study might help change your mind. They found that sugar produces cell molecules that age skin. The proteins attacked by advanced glycation end products, including that very important collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin full and firm. When it is damaged, it leaves behind saggy skin and wrinkles, not to mention a duller complexion. In fact, the damage doesn’t end there. The molecules also affect your antioxidants, so you become more susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun.
It’s also about the healthy choices you make. Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all aid in helping you age well. Foods rich in vitamins like Vitamin C and E reduce photoaging caused by sun exposure. As well, Vitamin C reduces wrinkles and dry skin related to ageing.
3. Not just genetics
You’ve probably heard the saying that a man should look at his girlfriend’s mom if he wants to see how she’ll age. That’s because genetics can have a strong impact on how and when you age. However, there are other factors at play. For example, a study found that although twins are “genetically programmed” to age similarly, lifestyle can greatly change the outcome of how each twin will age. This includes smoking, sun exposure, weight, depression, and stress levels, which can all contribute to early aging.
4. Sun exposure
Although you might love having that youthful sun-kissed glow in the summer, the risks of sun damage will age you more quickly. The Environmental Protection Agency says that up to 90% of the damage caused to ageing skin is due to exposure to the sun. Using sun protection makes it 25% less likely that the sun will increase ageing. The earlier you begin using sunscreen, the better it is for your complexion. And never underestimate its importance all year round. Although the sun might not appear as often in the winter and fall, if you will be participating in outdoor activities for longer lengths of time, sunscreen is always a must.
5. Drinking water
Water sure has its good points. It has zero calories so that it can aid in weight loss. It keeps you hydrated when you are active. But can it actually reduce the signs of ageing? Although many supermodels and actresses chug the clear liquid to help keep their youthful appearance, there’s no real proof it does help reduce wrinkles or keep skin plump. Dermatologists do say water can assist in helping maintain elasticity, but it really won’t wash those wrinkles away. Still, it’s worth switching to water as your drink of choice to reduce the amount of damaging sugary beverages.
6. Sleeping on your back
Controlling the position you sleep in can be a challenge. If you prefer sleeping face down or on your side, you’ll tend to wind up in this position at some point in the night. However, if you can try to sleep on your back more often, you might help keep wrinkles at bay. Sleeping face down on your pillow can cause permanent wrinkling, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Avoid side and stomach sleeping to keep your youthful appearance.
7. Silk pillowcases
Many beauty experts have advised using silk pillowcases as they are more gentle on your hair. However, silk is also helpful for your skin. According to dermatologists, silk fibres assist in maintaining moisture on your face while you sleep, which means you can wake up with smoother skin.
8. Wrinkles can’t be removed
While this is true, the appearance of wrinkles can undoubtedly be reduced. There are many cosmetic skin treatments available that will significantly reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin. Many skin treatments help stimulate collagen production, while also removing layers of dead skin that can make your skin appear older. As well, wrinkle-smoothing treatments such as fillers can plump skin to make wrinkles appear less defined.
If you would like more information about the anti-ageing treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your unique skin needs and find the perfect solution for you.