Do you feel you understand how to stop your skin from wrinkling? Do you want to do something more about it right now? Are those ads with amazing pictures, claiming to be “grandma’s miracle wrinkle remedy” true? How about the fancy name wrinkle reducer creams, endorsed by celebrities? What about those "secrets" that have a photo of the 35-year-old who claims to be 80? (A sampling of what stalks me all over the web). Should you investigate these 'ticklers' or is it all ‘fake news’, like Meryl Streep marrying Robert Redford? Let me lay it all to rest.
What are the well known, tried-and-true ways to prevent wrinkles? What might be some unexpected or unknown ways to prevent them?I’m going to give each tip one at a time (the ‘why’ and ‘how-to’), so you can pick and choose what to do to fight wrinkles: #1 Keep the sun off your skin. This is the primary way to prevent wrinkles. Why: When the sun’s UV rays penetrate the skin, they start a process that leads to collagen breakdown. Once this process is started, it continues without additional sun exposure. It is a slow process. This is why wrinkles are delayed, and worsen over your lifetime. Take a look at your sun-protected skin. Do you see finer texture, and less wrinkling/crinkling compared to your sun-exposed skin like your face, side of your neck, v of the chest, and back of the arms? How:
- Wear good SPF sunscreen daily. Use sunscreen products that are SPF 30 or higher and rated as ‘broad spectrum’ on the front label. Your sunscreen must block both the collagen destroying rays: UVB and UVA. Reapply as directed on the bottle, if you are in the sun for a prolonged period of time.
- Wear sun-protective clothing (long sleeves/hats). Sun protective clothing blocks the UV rays from penetrating your skin, and prevents collagen destruction. Ensure your hat has a full circumference around your entire head to protect cheeks, ears, and the sides of your upper neck. Don’t forget to cover the back of your neck too. Do you know what my favorite sun protective clothing line is? I live in this stuff when I’m in the sun.
- Seek the shade. For the same reasons! Just remember, shade has UV rays bouncing around too – just less.
- Glycolic Acid
- Vitamin C