Did you know that one of the easiest ways to tell a person’s age is by looking at their face, or more specifically, at their skin? As people age, all the time they’ve spent in the sun, at tanning salons, or smoking cigarettes catches up with them. The result is wrinkles!
The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. The outermost layer of the skin that everyone can see is the epidermis, the middle is the dermis, and the innermost layer is the subcutaneous layer. All three work together to keep the skin in tip-top shape. We can help to reduce wrinkles with Botox ® and fill lines with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm™
When you are young, the skin does a great job of stretching and holding in moisture. The dermis has an elastic quality thanks to fibres called elastin that keep the skin looking and feeling young. A protein in the dermis called Collagen also plays a part in preventing wrinkles.
However, over time, the dermis loses both collagen and elastin, so the skin gets thinner and has trouble getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The fat in the subcutaneous layer that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear, the epidermis starts to sag, and wrinkles form.
Here are some things people can do to prevent getting many wrinkles at an early age:
- Do embark on a programme of skin health using evidence based cosmeceuticals, such as Environ®. The vitamin A along with the antioxidants and other vitamins, C, D and E, will have a positive benefit to all the skin’s layers. Ask for a free consultation.
- Do drink lots of water every day to keep hydrated and help your skin stay moist and smooth.
- Do use sun protection factor every day regardless of the weather or time of year.
- Don’t spend too much time in the direct sun. Sunblock helps, but it doesn’t block out all the damaging UV rays that cause wrinkles to the skin.
- Don’t use tanning salons. The UV light from tanning booths is just as damaging as the sun’s – and sometimes worse.
- Don’t smoke! Smoking robs your skin of precious moisture and causes premature wrinkles. (Did you ever notice that most heavy smokers have wrinkles around their mouths?)