Improving the appearance of wrinkles and lines
Wrinkles are one of the most tell-tale signs of aging skin, and something few of us want to see when we look in the mirror. Let’s take a look at what causes wrinkles and what can be done to prevent them and minimize their appearance.
A number of factors can go into creating wrinkles. The most common causes are:
- Dynamic muscle movement: When you use a facial muscle, such when squinting, smiling or frowning, those repeated contractions can form permanent lines. Of course, it takes many repetitions to make this happen, which is why we don’t start to see “laugh lines” and other dynamic contraction wrinkles until our 30's or later.
- Collagen Loss: Collagen provides the structure for our connective tissues and is one of the key components which gives skin its firmness and elasticity. When collagen is lost through aging or sun damage, the skin loses some of that support structure, which results in sagging skin and wrinkles – especially in those areas that are repeatedly subjected to dynamic muscle movement.
- Sun Damage: This is the big culprit. Exposure to UV radiation creates free radicals which damage the structure of the skin. To get a sense for how big a role sunlight plays, just look at the skin on areas of your body which don’t get daily sun exposure and compare the look and texture of that skin with that of your face.
The good news is that whatever their cause, many wrinkles can be lessened – and prevented. One of the most effective weapons addresses the root cause of collagen breakdown: oxidation. Antioxidants have been proven to decrease the free-radical damage and inflammation which causes collagen to break down and cause wrinkles. Antioxidants not only stop free radical damage from occurring but can actually repair damage that has already happened.
At OZNaturals, we search out the most effective natural antioxidant sources, and incorporate them into state-of-the-art formulations. Among the potent, proven antioxidants we incorporate into our products are Astaxanthin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin E and green tea to name a few. Daily use of antioxidants is a vital part of fighting wrinkles.
For a really robust approach to fighting wrinkles, we recommend using three of our potent serums: Vitamin C Facial Serum, Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Pro-Retaxinol Retinol Serum. Use the VC and HA serums in the morning and the Retinol and HA serums at night. Follow with our Super Youth Retinol Moisturizer. For the eye area, our Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel contains both antioxidants and patented peptides to address eye area wrinkles.
But don’t stop there. Make antioxidants a regular part of your diet as well as your skincare routine. Blueberries, salmon, spinach, dark chocolate and sweet potatoes are among the many healthy and delicious foods that are rich in antioxidants. Tackling the skin from the inside out is by far the most effective way to see results.
Proper sun care is another important step in preventing and improving wrinkles. We recommend daily use of a natural, mineral-based formulation with an SPF of at least 30, such as OZNaturals Age Defying Solar Shield. But remember, no matter how effective the product you choose to use is, it won’t do any good unless you use it consistently. Even if you don’t think you will be spending time outdoors, it’s important to use sunscreen every day to stay in that daily habit.
Wrinkles don’t have to be a fact of life for aging skin. By taking a disciplined, multi-pronged approach we can reduce their appearance and enjoy healthier, more youthful looking skin for years to come.