Tips to smoothen out fine lines included
Oh the horror when we spot another line creeping into our once-smooth skin. An irreversible, offensive streak that reveals truths we desperately try to hide.
Other than pigmentation, wrinkles have to be the next hardest thing to resolve. While these deeply set lines are a natural outcome of ageing, there are certain types of people that could actually be more wrinkle-prone. Read on to find out if you are one of them & what you can do about it, starting now.
Your skin can be more prone to wrinkles if:
You are constantly under the sun
Frequent exposure to UV rays increases the chance of wrinkles forming earlier.
UV rays perpetuate free radical attack, breaking down collagen and elastin fibres – important guardians that hold and support your skin. When the skin starts to weaken and loses its spring, it starts to droop, and creases begin to form.
Those who spend most of their time working under the sun will find themselves more prone to developing wrinkles.
Above is a photo of a man who worked as a driver for 28 years, with his left face facing the rear window! (gasp)
You have dry dehydrated skin
As opposed to oily or normal skin, the appearance of wrinkles can be more prominent and noticeable for dry dehydrated skin.
That’s because oilier skin types tend to be thicker and are able to produce their own oils to lubricate and moisturise skin, keeping skin smooth. People with dry skin tend to have thinner skin – skin looks less plump, which makes fine lines and creases more visible. However, the effects of ageing are the same for all and oily skin types will eventually have to deal with their own fair share of collagen loss.
Your habits include smoking, alcohol and sugar
Smoking quickens the ageing process by reducing blood flow to your skin. The chemicals in tobacco smoke also cause damage to your collagen and elastin fibres.
Habitual drinking of alcohol dehydrates the body, causing the skin to lose moisture, becoming sallow, sunken and less supple.
If you are a fan of sugary treats, now is a good time to reconsider your snack choices. Processed sugar gets into your blood and deforms the collagen and elastin structure in your skin. They become stiff and less supple, resulting in wrinkles and sagging.
You tend to be very expressive in your facial expressions
Furrowing your brows, frowning, smiling or squinting at your computer screens create lines on your face. Do them repeatedly and these lines become deeply set at a younger age. As you get older, your skin loses flexibility and finds it harder to bounce back into its original state, making these lines more noticeable.
5 things you need to do
1. Always wear sunscreen
If your enemy is the sun, you’ll do well by avoiding or protecting yourself from it. Apply at least 3 layers of sunscreen to start and always reapply every 2 hours. Wear a sun hat and sufficient clothing to cover up well.
Check out this article to find out facts you didn’t know when you started using sunscreen
Though it doesn’t prevent wrinkle formation, moisturising well and keeping your skin well-hydrated can be helpful in reducing the appearance and visibility of fine lines.
3. Curb the habits
Reducing on smoking, alcohol and sugar will not only help you live longer but look younger too!
4. Plump up with collagen and antioxidants
Collagen supplements or drinks are helpful to rebuild the collagen fibres in your skin. Look for those that contain hydrolysed collagen for they are more easily absorbed by the body.
Antioxidants help to fight against the free radical damage that your skin is exposed to every day. Vitamin C, Vitamin A (also known as retinol), Vitamin E and CoQ10 are some well-known examples in skin care. Filling your diet with antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, kale, avocados and tomatoes are essential to having youthful skin “from the inside out”.
5. Use DR’s Secret anti-ageing regime
Follow our recommended day and night regime below for saggy, wrinkly skin:
Add on Eye Cream to help with fine lines around the eye area.