Wrinkles seem so far away when you are young, don’t they? You imagine the real ‘walnut faces’ of this world to be those in their 70s and 80s – only to end up marvelling at how much your friends have aged.
Then, one day, when you least expect it, you spot a fine line. Then another… And, so it goes on.
For decades scientists have been attempting to unravel the mysteries of the the ageing process. While extensive progress has been made – evident in the increasingly sophisticated anti-ageing products on the market – there is still some way to go before they truly unlock the ultimate key to eternal youth.
Advancements are being made all the time. Just four years ago, an English university discovered the mitochondrial complex II enzyme, found in cells, gets less active as we age. At the time, scientists in Newcastle used laboratory-grown skin to test their theory.
It’s discoveries such as this that could, one day, mean wrinkles are a thing of the past. In the meantime, we have to harness the real potential of what is already available.
Are Wrinkles Written Into Our Genes?
This is an interesting, albeit scary, question. It would be a real stroke of bad luck if that were true, and DNA dictated before we were born that we’d end up looking like the great granny who always scared the wits out of us when we were kids.
While, unfortunately, there is some evidence that suggests genes play a role, the greater factors can be environmental, our general overall health and lifestyle. Experts warn that prolonged exposure to the sun, dehydration, hormones and unhealthy habits cause the most damage. Stress, too, can be a major contributing factor.
Add to these the fact that cells renew at a much slower rate as we age and you can see what the skin is up against. If this depresses you, you’re not alone. Some women are so traumatised by the ageing process that it makes them lose confidence and suffer from low mood.
Is There Any Hope?
Yes! While some things may be beyond your control, there are plenty of things you can do to minimise the signs of ageing.
Regime Skin Care recommends you drink plenty of water, keep healthy and active, and invest in products that help increase the production of collagen. This protein is vitally important if you want to retain a healthy, youthful glow.
Together with elastin, collagen in the right quantity can ward off wrinkles. It keeps the skin both plump and firm. As you age, the body makes less of this protein, meaning treatments that encourage new cell growth and the production of collagen are a must.
Here are some suggestions to deeply moisturise and boost collagen production: