Age affects every part of our bodies, and it’s the outward changes — especially in the face — that can cause some major concern. Although wrinkles are a normal part of aging, they make the skin appear listless and can cause significant cosmetic concern, especially for women.
Other significant changes also occur in the face with age: the forehead appears larger as the hairline recedes; ears get longer due to the cartilage growing; the tip of the nose may droop as connective tissue weakens; fat pockets move around so that the chin and jowls sag; wrinkles and fine lines form on the forehead, around the eyes and mouth. So as you can see, age affects many parts of the face. However for our purposes, we’ll concentrate on the wrinkles and fine lines.
Wrinkles on the face can range from fine lines that are barely noticeable, to deep creases and furrows. Most wrinkles occur in the areas of the face where you make repetitive facial expressions (think the brow area and around the eyes and mouth). For example, crow’s feet, which are the starburst of lines that occur at the corners of the eyes, are caused by squinting your eyes and smiling. The reason for these wrinkles is that as you age, the skin becomes thinner and drier and loses the ability to spring back into place. Of course other factors come into play as well. Being out in the sun can increase the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. UV light breaks down the elastin and collagen in the skin, causing the skin to become weaker and droop. Poor nutrition, dehydration and smoking can also increase your chances of getting wrinkles.
So what can be done to combat these wrinkles and lines? Let’s take a look at the various ways through which you can have less wrinkles and at the same time, improve overall health.
INCREASE YOUR OMEGA-3’S
A great wrinkle fighter is Omega-3 fatty acids, the kind commonly found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel. Having a diet that’s high in these acids promote the production of collagen and elastin fibers, and delays the onset of wrinkles.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Studies have shown that women who get a regular 7 plus hours of sleep have a better chance of keeping those wrinkles and fine lines at bay. It would help to sleep on your back however. Sleeping on your side will cause gravity to pull your face into the pillow, which means a high risk of wrinkles forming. (on your chest as well).
Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A and applying them on your face is a great way of getting rid of wrinkles. Retinoids increase your skin’s thickness and its ability to spring back into shape. They also slow the breakdown of collagen.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR STRESS LEVELS
Yes, stress will make you look older. Chronic stress accelerates premature aging by shortening DNA telomeres (located at the end of the chromosome strands, DNA telomeres protect our genetic data, holding among other information, the secrets to how we age).
Dry skin succumbs to wrinkles way easier than moisturized skin. Add a facial oil to your skin care routine. A good quality facial oil will contain pure botanical ingredients such as camelia, jojoba and/or coconut oil. A few drops in the morning and evening are enough to boost your skin.
Absolutely essential for smooth, wrinkle-free skin, vitamin C fights free radicals that attack skin and can also help against sun damage. Studies have shown that people who eat a diet high in vitamin C have less dry skin and wrinkles as well as fewer age spots, possibly because vitamin C also helps to keep collagen levels high. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, and also in broccoli, strawberries, kiwis, cauliflower, and tomatoes.
SILCSKIN FACIAL PADS
SilcSkin medical grade anti-wrinkle silicone pads have been around since 2003. Made in the U.S.A, they were designed by an Emmy Award winner who experimented with silicone on scars before launching her line of anti-wrinkle products. The face pads, which include pads for the brow and around the eyes and mouth have been very successful in plumping the skin and helping to get rid of the wrinkles and fine lines that occur in those areas.
SilcSkin pads are very simple to use. You can wear them on the affected areas just before going to bed at night. Keep them on through the night while you sleep, and simple take them off in the morning, which is awesome!! You get your 7 hours in and get rid of wrinkles at the same time! The pads improve the skin’s hydration by bringing the natural moisture to the surface, plumping and smoothing out the skin. To get them simply go to www.SilcSkin.com or look on their locations page to find a supplier close to you!