When fine lines start to appear on your face, be they around the eyes, the lips, or the forehead, it can be an upsetting reminders that you are getting older. For some people, fine lines can begin to appear relatively early in life, even as soon as the late 20’s, while others don’t see them until much later. When fine lines begin to appear is determined by several factors. The mixed news is that some are controllable, while others are not. How you treat your skin, especially early in life, can have a lot to do with when you first begin to notice these fine lines. At the risk of sounding like your mother, taking good care of your skin can’t be overemphasized. One of the primes fine line culprits is sun exposure, so be sure to use at least SPF 15 sunscreen when out during the day. Sun exposure dries out the skin and also exposes it to UV rays, which contribute to free radicals that cause both skin discoloration and fine lines.
While sunlight is one of the biggest risks, there are other environmental factors that also damage the skin and contribute to fine lines. Pollution, such as car exhaust, are major culprits and are, sadly, harder to avoid from and protect against. Similarly, smokers are notoriously far more likely to develop fine lines, especially lip lines. Not only does a smoker’s face get directly exposed to far more pollutants, but the constant pursing of the lips and squinting of the eye leads to more wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle contraction.
There are a few different measures you can take to protect against fine lines, and even some tricks to reverse them. Try to find a topical moisturizer that also incorporates an SPF of at least 15. This way, you’ll be protected form sun damage just by moisturizing your face every morning. Additionally, be on the look out for a product that boosts collagen production measurably. As we age, collagen production in the body decreases. Collagen is a protein that keeps skin supple and plump. As we age, collagen production slows. Couple this with skin damage from environmental factors and you have the kind of fine lines that will quickly deepen. Fortunately, in the past couple of years, a lot of research has been done into collagen production. The results of this research come to us in the form of ingredients like Matrixyl 3000, which is a synthesized peptide that has been shown to dramatically increase collagen production with consistent topical application. Find a cream that features this ingredient to get quick results when it comes to fine line treatments.