How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles
Want to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines once and for all? In this exclusive guide we separate fact from fiction and let you know what truly works. We’ll cover the cause of wrinkles, how to prevent wrinkles and what you can do to reduce wrinkles once you have them.
The Cause Of Wrinkles
Studies show that a whopping 80% of visible signs of aging (wrinkles, discoloration, fine lines etc) are caused by the sun’s UVA rays. It’s accumulated sun exposure throughout ones lifetime that eventually leads to wrinkles; this includes walking to your car from the office, sitting indoors in front of an open window where the sun shines through and even running errands on a cloudy day. The sun’s UVA rays can penetrate clouds and cause skin damage even when it isn’t “sunny” outside.
How To Prevent Wrinkles
Wear Sunscreen – The most important thing you can do to reduce future wrinkles is to wear sunscreen every single day. By that we don’t just mean a sunscreen that is high in SPF. Contrary to popular a belief, a high SPF sunscreen will not necessarily protect your skin from wrinkles! SPF sunscreen only protects skin from UVB rays which are responsible for burning and not UVA rays which cause aging.
Unfortunately U.S sunscreens are not up to par compared to European and Japanese sunscreens which are required to publish PPD numbers in addition to SPF. PPD indicates the level of protection against UVA rays. A PPD rating of 15 is considered ideal protection. As a result many Americans who want adequate sun protection are purchasing sunscreens online from companies like Vichy, Bioderma and La Roche Posay who manufacture far superior products than their U.S counterparts.
Use A Vitamin C Serum – A study at Duke University demonstrated vitamin C serum to increase skin’s natural protection against the sun by as much as 4x. L-ascorbic acid serums with at least 15% ascorbic acid are particularly effective when combined with Vitamin E and ferulic acid.
Preventative Botox – It’s normal to develop frown lines or the dreaded “eleven lines” between your eyes with time due to normal facial expressions. Injecting the area as a preventative measure slows down the usage of these muscles since they will be essentially “frozen” and minimizes the occurrence of developing wrinkles later on in life.
How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles
Use Prescription Strength Retin-A Cream/Retin-A Micro/Renova/Retinoids
There’s no secret potion or ultra expensive lotion that can take the place of prescription-strength Retin-A and Retin-A Micro. Retin-A was originally developed in order to fight acne but it has multiple uses including anti-aging. Retinol is capable of increasing skin’s collagen production, decrease pore size and thicken skin (this is a good thing! Older, skin can end up too thin and fragile).
Retin-A Micro is a form of Retin-A which utilizes Microsponge technology in order to prevent irritation in the skin and releases small amounts of tretinoin into the skin at a time. As a result it’s more efficient yet less irritating to skin versus Retin-A.
Another tretinoin product that is often prescribed is Renova. Renova is ideal for those with a rougher skin texture who need extra exfoliation. It’s also more emollient and less irritating compared to Retin-A and Retin-A micro.
Retinol products vary in concentration from .05 to .1. The only safe way to get access to prescription strength retinoid products is through your doctor. Many individuals who use Retinols “buffer” it with a moisturizer (by applying retinol on top of a face cream or lotion) in order to minimize peeling and sensitivity.
That being said, high strength prescription retinol products are not for everyone! Some individuals with sensitive skin may not be able to handle retinol. Others may experience excessive peeling and want to start off with a milder over-the-counter product.
Over The Counter Retinol Products
Over the counter retinol products are generally milder and less effective than prescription strength products. However, they still may be a very good choice for those with very sensitive skin who aren’t able to handle Retin-A at even the lowest concentrations. It is more effective to use a weaker retinol products that your skin can tolerate regularly versus a stronger product that will cause you to peel so excessively that you won’t want to leave the house.
The most important thing to remember about retinol products is that they increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun significantly. If you use retin-a and forego to use sunscreen you may end up with even more discoloration and damaged skin.
Retinol products may come in creams or serums. Popular over the counter retinol products include Avene Retrinal, Skinceuticals Retinol, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM.
Skin Care Ingredients To Get Rid Of Wrinkles
When purchasing anti-aging creams and serums, look for ingredients that have been scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles.
Peptides – According to the American Academy of Dermatology, peptides are able to increase collagen production and firm skin. The most popular peptide is Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3. Products with peptides include Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum and ASDM Beverly Hills Matrixyl 3000.
Niacinamide – Niacinamide can increase ceramide and fatty free acids in the skin in order to prevent moisture loss. Skin that is more hydrated will appear smoother and healthier. Products with niacinamide include Olay Microsculpting Cream, Nia 24 and Cerave PM.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Chemical Peels) – Alpha Hyrodxy Acids (AHA’s) can be utilized to shed the upper layers of skin in order to reveal healthier looking skin. Common AHA’s include glycolic acid, citric acid, mandelic acid and lactic acid. AHA’s are also used in chemical peels including glycolic acid and lactic peels.
Antioxidants – Topical antioxidants can reduce environmental damage from the sun, pollution and oxidative stress. As we age, skin starts losing it’s natural antioxidants which protect the skin against environmental damage. Effective antioxidants include CoffeeBerry, vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea. Examples of products with antioxidants; Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Cosmetic Skin Solutions C+E.
Try Laser Therapy To Get Rid of Wrinkles
Are you using Retin-A and skin care products with potent ingredients and still have wrinkles? If you have deep wrinkles that doesn’t seem to budge no matter what you may want to try something a bit more drastic than retinol; fractional laser therapy.
Laser therapy utilizes fractional laser technology in order to stimulate collagen production. Beams of light penetrate the skin in order to encourage cellular disruption. The body responds by increasing collagen production in order to heal the treated areas. As collagen production increases fine lines and wrinkles are minimized.
Tria Beauty Age Defying Laser is the only fractional laser anti-aging device approved by the FDA for home use. Fractional laser technology is the same kind utilized at the dermatologist office at the cost of hundreds of dollars per session; purchasing a device for home use will save hundreds of dollars over the long run.
Based on clinical testing over 76% of Tria Beauty Age Defying Laser users reported a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after using the Age-Defying laser. 95% reported smoother skin and an overall improvement in skin condition.
Facial exercises involve stretching various parts of your face in order to firm skin and reduce the signs of aging. Benefits of facial exercises include improving blood flow to the face, boosting skin’s and boosting skin’s collagen production. Increased blood flow to the face can encourage antioxidants and oxygen to be transported to the skin. One of the more popular facial exercise programs is the Facial-Flex Ultra which uses small resistance bands in order to tone, uplift and redefine the face.
We like to stick with what’s been proven scientifically to get rid of wrinkles which includes using sunscreen, antioxidants and prescription strength Retin-A in order to reduce wrinkles. If you can’t tolerate prescription Retin-A start off by using a milder over the counter retinol product.
Utilize a suncreen with a high PPD in order to reduce sun sensitivity exacerbated by retinol usage and prevent future skin damage.
Start incorporating skin care products with active ingredients which have been scientifically proven to to reduce the signs of aging such as antioxidants, peptides and niacinamides. Individuals with deeper wrinkles may notice significant improvements with the Tria Age-Defying Laser.
Wrinkles take a long time to form and it isn’t realistic to expect them to disappear overnight. However, you can drastically reduce the signs of aging by incorporating skin care products that have been proven to work and you will see a difference with time and consistency.