Sometimes it can be hard to admit it, but skin wrinkles are a fact of life for everyone. Whether you see your first skin wrinkle in your late 20’s or early 40’s, it can still be an upsetting discovery. There are numerous different factors that contribute to skin wrinkles. One of the most significant is a slowing of the body’s collagen production. Collagen is a protein produced by the body, and it is what keeps skin well hydrated and plump, two of the main qualities that we associate with youthful skin. As everyone ages, the body no longer produces as much of this protein, which leads to skin wrinkles and a dryer skin tone that is associated with aging.
A second primary factor that contributes to wrinkle formation would have to be environmental factors. Every day, we expose ourselves to elements that damage our skin. These elements include UV rays from the sun, pollutants like car exhaust and cigarette smoke and even additives in foods we eat. Alcohol has been pretty reliably linked to the formation of skin wrinkles. As hard as we try to minimize exposure to these factors, it’s impossible to completely cut them out of your life, making preventive measures necessary.
The final major skin wrinkle culprit would have to be muscle contractions. Like environmental exposure, every time you smile, laugh, frown or scowl, your muscles contract in the same motion, and eventually this leads to the formation of skin wrinkles and creases.
OK, so that’s the bad news. The good news is that there are ways to mitigate, and even reverse, many of these skin wrinkle culprits. Collagen production is one of the easiest issues to address. Certain skin care products contain the engineered peptide Matrixyl 3000, which has been the subject of many well-documented studies. In these studies, Matrixyl 3000 was shown to measurably boost the body’s collagen production, especially after two weeks of use. This can be crucial when it comes to rehydrating skin, which can diminish the appearance of fine skin wrinkles.
The second thing to do to fight skin wrinkles is to get serious about protecting your skin. While this is largely a preventive measure, it’s never too late to start. Buying a moisturizer or other skin cream with an SPF of at least 15 is a good way to stop facial wrinkles before they start. This way you’ll already be protected against UV exposure, just by completing your morning beauty routine. Keeping skin clean is another way to prevent free radicals, as is cutting back on bad habits like smoking and drinking excessively. These habits cause skin cell mutations, which leads to an older, damaged complexion.
Finally, everyone laughs, frowns and makes brow-creasing expressions. While you can consciously attempt to limit these expressions, an easier alternative is to find a product that includes a skin tensing ingredient. One of the leading tensors is Argatensyl, an engineered compounds that stretches when exposure to air. Applying this to the skin has the effect of lightly stretching the skin, which is great for diminishing fine skin wrinkles and for minimizing any wrinkles caused by facial contractions.