Even the most genetically blessed individuals begin to see face wrinkles eventually. If you’re a smoker or a sun worshipper, you’re more at risk, but it happens to nearly everyone. Face wrinkles are the results of several factors, and how to treat them is a subject of heated debate within the medical community. Basically, we can break down the causes of face wrinkles into three broad categories.
1) Environmental factors. Free radical particles in the air damage the skin, which leads to wrinkles, and also discoloration. Free radicals are found in everything from ultraviolet rays to air born pollutants. Eventually, they will cause face wrinkles.
2) Muscle contraction. It’s unfortunate, but every time you laugh, smile, frown or furrow your forehead, you’re contributing to the formation of face wrinkles. These repeated muscle contractions can eventually permanently crease the skin. Some people find these face wrinkles charming, but others look for topical treatments that can remedy these wrinkles. Frequently, wrinkles caused by repeating facial expressions form around the eyes and mouth. Many people begin seeking treatment for these when they notice that the wrinkles are present even when their facial muscles are relaxed.
3) Bad habits. Some studies indicate that smoking and drinking alcohol can contribute to skin damage and face wrinkle formation. As with all things, moderation makes these habits less damaging.
4) Loss of collagen over time. Another unfortunate fact is that, as we age, the body stops producing collagen. Collagen is what keeps skin looking firm, youthful and hydrated. This is one of the primary causes of fine facial wrinkles that are NOT located around the eyes and mouth.
Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of topical creams on the market that have been specifically formulated to fight facial wrinkles. Many of them take fundamentally different approaches to the task, however. For example, some creams focus on prevention and skin protection by including SPF. This is good for keeping skin smooth, but if you already have existing face wrinkles you’ll probably want something that will have a more direct effect. If you’ve already got face wrinkles, look into some of the boutique products from smaller manufacturers. Several of these products include peptides that have been proven to boost collagen products, and these are the best products for effectively treating facial wrinkles.
You don’t need us to tell you that smoking and heavy drinking aren’t good for more than just your skin. Avoiding or limiting these behaviors can help with preventing wrinkles, although you’re more likely to see effects on eye wrinkles than on face wrinkles. Finally, there is Botox, which is a proven solution to treating face wrinkles that are the result of facial expressions. However, Botox can be expensive and inconvenient, and some peptide creams also come with ingredients that claim to mimic these effects.