Choosing the right anti-wrinkle treatments, combined with protecting your skin from environmental damage, is the key to younger skin. Whether you're struggling with your first wrinkles or showing more advanced signs of aging, this guide will help you refine your anti-aging arsenal.
What causes wrinkles in your thirties, forties, and beyond
It's a disturbing truth, but not wearing sunscreen every day is an important factor in the development of wrinkles and other signs of aging, such as brown spots and uneven skin tone. By skipping this step, the damage is cumulative and gradually destroys the support structure of the skin in collagen and elastin. At the same time, the DNA is damaged and leads to abnormal skin cells that can not behave like young skin. In other words, even the best anti-aging products will have no chance if sunscreen is not part of your skin care routine.
The irritation and inflammation of the skin also diminish the juvenile substances of the skin, making it more vulnerable to damage from sun, smoke and pollution.
The 3 wrinkle treatments everyone needs
Aside from the basic care of skin care – cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer – the three types of wrinkle treatments below should be the main players in your anti-aging routine, regardless of your skin type and your age!
AHA or BHA scrubs: if you do not already use one, it's time to start. A major aspect of skin aging and sun damage is that the outer layers of the skin become thick and rough, while the inner layers become thin and "brittle" when the collagen breaks down. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) have unique properties to address these concerns.
Both AHA and BHA exfoliants reduce signs of aging and discoloration, which can be confusing. Use these tips to determine what's best for you.
- A daily BHA-based exfoliant is best for you if you treat clogged pores of any kind: blackheads, spots, enlarged pores.
- An AHA daily scrub is best for you if clogged pores are not the cause. For those who only deal with surface problems, think of dry skin and sun damage, an AHA is all you need!
Retinol – an anti-aging rockstar: it's one of the most studied skincare ingredients on the market. Retinol is one of the most powerful anti-wrinkle treatments. It works from the deepest layers by strengthening the elasticity of the skin, helping the skin to produce healthier, younger cells and strengthening the proliferation of new skin cells.
Vitamin C is known for its anti-aging benefits, but when used routinely alongside retinol, the benefits of both ingredients are dramatically increased, especially during the day, under your broad-spectrum sunscreen. Vitamin C also has impressive skin benefits: it can reduce discolouration of the skin, reduce inflammation, help the skin heal and promote healthy collagen formation.
Added to your daily skin care routine, this trio of anti-wrinkle treatments can yield dramatic results. Although the above ingredients are worth it, look for better products to use with other proven anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants and repair agents!