Relax Your Wrinkles Away
(ARA) - It happens to everyone -- men and women, celebrities and
everyday people. One morning you look in the mirror and there they
are, staring back at you: wrinkles.
Loss of skin vitality -- aging skin -- comes from changes in cellular
function deep within the skin. As we age, the collagen and elastin
framework of the skin begins to collapse, skin cell generation slows
and sebaceous glands produce less oil. The top layer of skin becomes
dehydrated and cellular turnover slows as much as one percent a year.
Skin is less able to repair damage and less capable of retaining
critical moisture. The aging of the skin cells results in a continued
collapse of the building blocks responsible for young, firm, resilient
skin and years of cumulative environmental damage (sun, pollution,
cigarette smoke) become more visible.
Wrinkles can appear as deep creases in the skin or thin surface
lines that mar the once smooth surface of the skin. Wrinkles -- or
laugh lines, crow’s feet and “signs of character” -- are caused by the
constant contraction of the muscles as we use our face. Wrinkles
result from laughing often, sun exposure and tugging on the skin.
“The first place most people notice they are aging is in the eye
area. The skin around the eyes is thinner and has fewer oil glands.
Normal facial expressions -- smiling, squinting, frowning -- cause the
delicate skin around the eyes to crease and those lines to set in,”
says Dr. Howard Sobel, New York Magazine top dermatologist five years
in a row and founder DDF (Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula), a company
specializing in restorative and preventative skincare.
number one surgical therapy for wrinkles in the United States today is
Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A). However, for those who aren’t
comfortable injecting a toxin into their skin or are uncomfortable
with invasive treatment, there are topical alternatives. One of them
is DDF’s Wrinkle Relax -- a favorite of beauty editors and certain
celebrities. It is considered the pioneering solution that started the
anti-aging peptide technology product revolution.
“The formula combines two peptides from naturally derived amino
acids to target and stimulate the collagen and fibronectin molecules
in the skin,” says Dr. Sobel. “This in turn restores more youthful
strength while promoting deep tissue repair.”
Wrinkle Relax can be used as a reparative or preventative wrinkle
treatment: it is ideal for skin that is not yet experiencing
significant signs of aging and will firm and minimize the depth of
current wrinkles and lines on older skin.
Other anti-wrinkle tips from Dr. Sobel:
PROTECT skin from the sun: always wear a sunscreen. Sunscreen is the
most effective anti-aging therapy available and a sunscreen with
full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of 15 or greater can help
prevent wrinkles, sun spots and loss of firmness. Sunglasses are also
essential as dark lenses prevent squinting and therefore, can preclude
creases from forming around the eyes.
While makeup itself doesn’t cause wrinkles, putting it on and
taking it off can. Be careful not to tug skin when applying makeup to
the face. Use a specialized makeup remover or a cleanser that
thoroughly removes cosmetics to prevent rubbing or pulling. Men who
pull skin tight to get a closer shave should avoid stretching the skin
since skin loses elasticity as it ages and repeated flattening may
enhance wrinkle formation.
Don’t smoke. There is no other way to say it: smoking causes
wrinkles. Don’t smoke.
Sleep on silk sheets. Long the secret of film divas, silk
pillowcases prevent facial skin from creasing during the night. Silk
allows the skin to glide along the pillow so the face rests
comfortably without placing pressure on creased skin, effectively
“ironing” in wrinkles.
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