What your fine lines and wrinkles can reveal about your health and lifestyle
Fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles are all issues many struggle with as we age as skin loses collagen and elastin.
And now an expert has explained what your wrinkles could really reveal about your skin and your lifestyle.
dr Ginni Mansberg, skin expert, celebrity doctor and founder of ESK Skincare, told FEMAIL that aging and sun exposure could have harmful effects on the skin.
The doctor recently unveiled a new “miracle product” to fight the signs of aging without having to visit a botox clinic.
A British expert, Dr. Ginni Mansberg, told FEMAIL what your wrinkles could really reveal about your skin and lifestyle (stock image)
There are other factors at play too, including your hormones, genes that predispose you to wrinkling, and lifestyle factors like smoking and excessive drinking.
However, what you may not know is that different types of wrinkles can reveal more than just our age, they can reveal what’s going on in our skin and health.
dr Ginni explains what that is…
YOU HAVE SLEEP TRAIN
Looking tired usually refers to dark circles and redder, more swollen eyes and pale skin.
If you thought bad sleepers already had a bad time with these complexion dangers, think again.
Sleep deprivation can also lead to more fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Because during sleep, the body rests and regenerates by eliminating and replacing dead cells.
Sleep promotes the growth of more collagen and elastin. So if getting eight hours wasn’t already a priority, think about your fine lines.
YOU HAVE SPENT TOO MUCH TIME IN THE SUN
“Undoubtedly, the best thing you can do to prevent wrinkles is to avoid the sun’s UV rays, particularly UVA,” said Dr. Gini.
The skin expert explained that even small amounts of UVA can cause a lot of skin damage and “therefore” the best option is to use sunscreen “every single day”.
She advised looking for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays.
It’s useful to know that the aging rays are here 365 days a year, penetrating glass.
She said: “That’s why your sunscreen should be used every day, even if you don’t go to the beach or go outside for a long time.
“Many dermatologists recommend physical sunscreens over chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens, ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, reflect and scatter UV rays instead of absorbing them like chemical sunscreens do.
“They are especially recommended for sensitive skin. Of the two, zinc oxide offers better UVA protection than titanium dioxide.”
YOU MAY NOT LEAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Lifestyle has a lot to answer for, it could be blamed for a variety of physical and mental health problems.
This could be one of the “two main factors” that determine how quickly you start to develop wrinkles.
THE BEST SKIN CARE FOR WRINKLES
1. Sun protection
Undoubtedly, the best thing you can do to prevent wrinkles is to avoid the sun’s UV rays, especially UVA. Even small amounts of UVA can cause major skin damage. That’s why it’s best to use sunscreen every day.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is by far the most studied and effective ingredient in reducing the signs of aging. In its most potent and best-tolerated form, retinal, vitamin A reduces fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production and stimulating the production of new blood vessels in the skin, improving skin tone. It also increases skin cell turnover to smooth rough skin and fade pigmentation spots.
3. Vitamin C
This blockbuster ingredient helps your skin produce collagen and elastin. It acts as an antioxidant and reduces wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. It brightens and evens skin tone while protecting and repairing your skin from damage caused by UV rays. Look for the evidence-based form of L-ascorbic acid in the scientifically validated concentration of between 5 and 20 percent.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs, are gentle yet powerful exfoliators of dead skin cells by breaking the bonds between surface skin cells. The resulting shedding of dull and rough skin encourages cell renewal. AHAs have been found to give you fewer wrinkles, as well as smoother skin and lightened age spots. AHAs also improve the skin’s barrier function and restore hydration by increasing hyaluronic acid.
dr Ginni explained, “While you can’t change your genes, you can make changes to your daily life to slow aging.”
A healthy lifestyle and skin care routine can help you maintain your youthful skin as much as possible.
Factors like smoking accelerate the aging process and reduce the production of collagen and elastin, which support your skin.
“Even smoking can cause wrinkles, as puffing on a cigarette can cause wrinkles around the mouth.”
dr Ginni described how not only smoking and alcohol can accelerate skin aging, but also a diet deficient in protein, vitamin C and zinc can contribute.
She said, “There is new evidence that a diet high in sugar and saturated fat accelerates skin aging by increasing inflammation in the skin.”
YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR PHONE
One of the most common types of facial wrinkles is crown feet, which typically appear around the corners of the eyes.
dr Ginni explained that this skin is extremely sensitive and is usually the first spot for fine lines.
She said: “These tiny lines might also be known as ‘smile lines’ because they form when we grin.”
And while she insisted you shouldn’t avoid smiling, she said it’s important to realize that squinting to see gadgets like phones and laptops, or when you’re under the bad, might deepen your crow’s feet eyesight suffer.
YOU ARE STRESSED
Stress is to blame for many things and has often been linked to our skin, being the culprit in aggravating a number of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, acne and hair loss.
When the body produces cortisol, a hormone known to have a negative impact on the collagen in your skin.
Cortisol reduces the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin, which can result in premature sagging and fine lines.
It has also been suggested that cortisol can increase oil production in your skin’s glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
Try to reduce stress through healthy habits like walking, bathing, reading, and spending more time in nature.
YOU HAVE HORMONAL OR SUFFERING FROM THE MENOPAUSE
“As most menopausal women will tell you, menopause wreaks havoc on your skin,” says Dr. Gini.
But since menopause occurs when both natural skin aging and premature skin aging (which is primarily caused by cumulative sun exposure) set in, it’s hard to figure out how much of your skin’s changes are due to aging and how many are due to menopause .
She explained: “During menopause, when estrogen levels drop, the skin loses collagen rapidly, weakening its structure and causing the skin to become thinner.
“It all happens pretty quickly. In fact, studies show that women’s skin loses about 30 percent of its collagen during the first 5 years of menopause.
“And after that, every year for the next 20 years, we lose another 2 percent of our collagen.”
In postmenopausal women you get almost negligible levels of estrogen. This low estrogen seems to charge your wrinkles.
Many studies have found that wrinkles increase in number and depth the further you get from the onset of menopause.
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