3 Aging

The best weapon against wrinkles is prevention. Since the main cause of wrinkles is exposure to sunlight and external pollution, it is essential to priorities skincare with SPF and antioxidants. Learn more about sun damage and oxidation.

Elasticity

When talking skin care and wrinkles, we often talk about the skins elasticity. If your skin springs back when being pulled lightly, you have a high elasticity, and if it takes time it can be a sign that the elasticity is starting to lessen with age. The skins elasticity is mainly caused by collagen and elastin, where elastin provides the elasticity and collagen the strength. These proteins create a tightly-knit network underneath the epidermis, that pulls back the skin whenever it’s stretched.

Elastin
Elastin is an elastic protein found in connective tissue in the artery walls, lungs, intestines and skin. In the early teens we stop producing any more elastin, and the elastin made to this age is used throughout the life span. The elastin will degrade over time, but can be damaged in an earlier age by overexposure to sunlight, stress, hormones and smoking, causing earlier wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Skincare that contains elastin does have a plumping effect, as it has a moisturizing effect, but researchers haven’t yet found a component that can restart the production of elastin. The best weapon is to prevent loss of elastin, with a skincare routine high in SPF and antioxidants. There are however ingredients that aim to uphold the skin’s elasticity.

Skincare for preserving elasticity

Collagen

Unlike elastin, the body continues to produce collagen throughout your life, but does so at a decreasing rate. Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in skin, bones and tissue. In the middle layer of skin, collagen helps with creating a network of cells, upon which new cells can grow. It also plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells, and helps keep in moisture.
Skincare containing collagen doesn’t fight wrinkles however. Collagen is a very large molecule, and it cannot penetrate the skin. It is only used in moisturizers for it’s ability to hold in moisture. But there are ingredients aiming to boost the production of collagen.

Skincare for improving collagen production ..

Also several laser treatments aim to kickstart the production of collagen.

Laser treatments to improve collagen production

Anti-wrinkle skincare

The ingredient with the most documented success rate in removing wrinkles is retinoids, but there are other ingredients known to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

Skincare for improving fine lines and wrinkles

Removing old skin

Moisturizers can reduce the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin, but it doesn’t remove them. True wrinkle-fighting treatments seek to remove the damaged and dead outer layers of skin, to reveal new, healthy skin underneath and enhance the production of collagen.

Caution: Avoid getting procedures done in spas and resorts, as the personal isn’t required to have the needed level of education. Always choose professional dermatologists or plastic surgeons, and don’t be afraid to ask them about their education, experience level and to see before and after images of other patients.

Procedures for skin renewal

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Laser/light therapy
Laser and light therapy can help your skin shed the damaged layer. Lasers work at different wavelengths and intensities, and can be used to target fine lines and deep wrinkles. The heat destroys unwanted cells and initiates the skin’s own healing response and collagen production, resulting in a more smooth skin tone and texture.

Lasers treatments to reduce wrinkles
Laser treatment for skin tightening
Laser treatment for skin smoothing(to combat bumpy and dull skin)

Filling in lost volume

Wrinkle-fillers work by filling hollows, lines and wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to lift cheeks, chins, jawlines, temples, lips and hands.

Fillers & Botox