Wrinkle Prevention – 10 Best Habits

 In Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetics, Medical Treatments, Skin Conditions

Wrinkles are a hot topic that our dermatologists at Poway Dermatology frequently get asked about. Here is the top 10 things you can do to help prevent the formation of wrinkles!

1. Avoid the sun, and protect yourself with sunscreen.

The sun is the biggest contributor to the wrinkle formation.  Many studies have concluded that sun exposure is directly related to the formation of wrinkles, especially to those on the face.  If you are going to be out in the sun, make sure to wear sunscreen, and to reapply it regularly.  Sun exposure is also known to cause skin cancer.  If you have any concerns about sun damage or skin cancer, our expert dermatologists would be happy to give you a consultation. For maximum sun protection, try a zinc or titanium sunscreen like Elta MD Sunscreens.

2. Don’t smoke.

While some research regarding this is still controversial, many medical studies have confirmed that cigarette smoke ages skin.  This is due to an enzyme that breaks down collagen, which gives skin its elasticity.  Sibling studies conducted at St. Thomas Hospital in London found the brother or sister who smoked generally had more wrinkled skin that was nearly 40% thinner than that of the non-smoker.

3. Eat lots of fish.

Salmon and cold water fish are a great source of protein, which is an essential  building block for great skin.  Salmon and other fish are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  Fatty acids nourish the skin, keeping it plump and youthful looking, while reducing the formation of wrinkles.

4. Sleep on you back, and make sure to get enough sleep.

When you don’t get adequate rest, the body produces an excess of cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Conversely, when you get enough sleep, you are more likely to produce more Human Growth Hormone, which aids skin remain thick, elastic, and less prone to wrinkles.  The American Academy of Dermatology has warned that sleeping in certain positions nightly leads to sleep lines.  These sleep lines can become wrinkles, which can become etched into the surface of the skin and will not disappear once you’re up. If you sleep on your side, it can increase wrinkles on the cheeks as well as the chin.  If you sleep face down, you can get a furrowed brow. The best way to reduce and prevent wrinkles is to sleep on your back.

5. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which fight damage caused by free radicals.  These free radicals are capable of damage cells.  As a result, these antioxidants helps skin look younger , and can protect against aging from the sun.

6. Substitute cocoa for coffee.

In a 2006 study in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that cocoa containing high levels of catechin and epicatchin which can not only protected skin from sun damage but improve circulation to skin cells.  This can increase hydration which makes the skin feel smother and look younger.

7. Use a gentle cleanser. 

In a study conducted by the University of Maryland, tap water can strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture that help to protect against wrinkles. If you wash off these oils too often, you are actually washing away your skins natural protection.  If your facial soap does not contain any moisturizes, you should use a gentle cleanser instead, such as EllaDerm Clean. You should also use moisturizers to replenish your skins moisture and keep it young looking. Our patient’s favorite moisturizer is the EllaDerm Visage Night Cream, which is packed with ceramides, peptides, resveratrol, and hyaluronic acid to help you achieve glowing skin!

8. Powerful Skincare Ingredients

Numerous studies have shown that the following ingredients can help to reduce wrinkles.  Most of which are found in both skin care treatments(prescription and over the counter).  The short list is shown below:

  1. Pentapeptides- can increase collagen production
  2. Idebenone- a powerful antioxidant
  3. Alpha Hydroxy Acids- lift away dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  4. Topical Vitamin C- can increase collagen production, protect against damage from both UVA and UVB rays
  5. Retinoids- FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles

9. Botox and Juvederm Collection of Fillers

Wrinkle fillers, such as Juvederm, actually fill the voids where skin beneath wrinkles has become thin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Botox temporarily weakens muscles which can be causing wrinkles.

10. Laser Resurfacing and Dermabrasion.

Energy from a high power light source removes the top layer of skin.  This results in an unnoticeable skin wounding.  The result is that the skins  natural collagen-production system goes into overdrive which yields smoother, more wrinkle-free skin.  In microdermabrasion  a vacuum suction device is used in conjunction with a chemical crystal.  This removes the top layer of skin cells, resulting in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and the production of new skin. Visit our site clinic, Lanoi Cosmetic Dermatology, for all your cosmetic needs!

With the use of these tips and techniques, preventing wrinkles is easy.  If you have any questions about preventing wrinkles, the professional staff of Poway Dermatology would be happy to help you. We employ only board-certified dermatologists that can help you answer and questions, or address any concerns you may have.  If you have and skin cancer concerns we recommend you see a dermatologist to have them addressed.  We are one of San Diego’s top dermatologists and have been serving San Diego, Poway, Escondido, and Rancho Bernardo for decades.

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