Wrinkle Prevention – 10 Best Habits

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Wrinkle Prevention – 10 Best Habits

The dermatologists of Poway Dermatology are commonly asked about wrinkle prevention, so we have come out with a top 10 list of things that you can do to help prevent the formation of wrinkles!

  1. Avoid the sun, or protect yourself with sunscreen. The sun is the single largest cause of wrinkles.  Many studies have been conducted which 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 if you are sweating reapply it regularly.  Skin exposure is also known to cause skin cancer.  If you have any concerns about your sun exposure, or sun damage our expert dermatologists would be happy to give you a consultation.
  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.  Studies on sibling conducted at St. Thomas Hospital in London found the brother or sister who smoked generally had more wrinkled skin, and it was nearly 40% thinner than that of the non-smoker.
  3. Eat lots of fish. Salmon is a particularly good choice because salmon, and many other cold water fish are not only 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 are known to nourish skin, and help to keep it plump and youthful looking, 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, while 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 night after night leads to sleep lines.  These sleep lines can become wrinkles, which can become etched into the surface of the skin and they won’t 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 wrinkle formation 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.  The result is that 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. Don’t wash your face too much. In a study conducted by the University of Maryland, plain old tap water can strips 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 cleanser instead.  You should also use moisturizes to replenish your skins moisture and keep it young looking.
  8. 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- been found it can increase collagen production, protect against damage from both UVA and UVB rays
    5. Retinoids- FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles
  9. Medical Treatments such as Botox, and wrinkle fillers.  Wrinkle fillers such as collagen, Restylane, and 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, this results in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles due to the production of new skin.

With the use of these tips and techniques you can prevent the formation of wrinkles and reduces the chances of new wrinkles forming.  If you have any questions about wrinkle prevention the professional staff of Poway Dermatology would be happy to help you.  We employ only board certified dermatologist, and 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 Diegos top dermatologists and have been serving San Diego for decades.

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