I don’t know about you but wrinkles frighten me. They are a reminder that we are not immortal and that, eventually, how we feel inside – young! – will not be mirrored in our appearance. How depressing…
That’s why I didn’t hang about when the first line appeared. I was ‘on it like a bonnet’, hunting down the cheapest, half-decent brand of anti-ageing serum I could find. It was hard back then. The internet wasn’t the go-to place for skin care products, and I lived in a small town.
So small, in fact, the only place you could buy a necessity like hair dye was in the chemist’s shop and the choice was limited – ash blonde, chocolate brown or jet black. Take it or leave it. You can imagine what it was like when it came to anti-ageing skin products… I think there may have been a tub of Ponds between toothpastes and plasters.
Thankfully, it’s a doddle to get all manner of products for maturing skin these days. And it doesn’t matter where you live – everything can be delivered to your door. Phew!
If you are worried about wrinkles, here’s a quick guide to how lines appear, what causes them and a small sample of the products currently available.
There’s hope, Ladies!
The Curse Of Wrinkles
The first signs of ageing often appear around the eyes. But, if you are a smoker or sun worshipper, fine lines can prematurely develop on your upper lip and the forehead at the same time.
Being proactive can keep crows’ feet and other skin creases in check. Even deep wrinkles can be effectively plumped up to reduce their appearance with advanced treatments.
While invasive cosmetic procedures were popular a decade ago, horror stories have switched more women on to gentler treatments. As well as being less expensive than options such as collagen injections, wrinkle fillers are easy to use – anywhere. They often have a culminative effect too, so incorporating a filler into your daily skin care routine could have lasting benefits.
What Causes Wrinkles?
The biggest cause of wrinkles is exposure to the sun. Unfortunately, ultraviolet rays damage areas of the skin that are most exposed. This includes the face, as well as the hands, arms and neck. The more the skin is exposed, the more damaged it gets – hence the need for a really good sunscreen or a daily moisturising cream with built-in SPF (Sun Protection Factor).
Of course, the natural ageing process is also to blame, as well as genes, dehydration, repeated facial expressions and, as previously mentioned, smoking.
A fold in the skin is also known as a rhytide. Dermabrasion and fruit acid peels are known to help reduce their appearance, along with fillers.
How A Wrinkle Filler Works
Over the counter wrinkle fillers are designed to moisturise and smooth the skin, plumping it up and ironing out lines. A good product will also improve the texture of the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots.
However, if you want to achieve noticeable results, you should look for a product that is formulated with specific active ingredients. On your check list you should have (note: not every product will include all the listed ingredients but will likely contain at least two):
- Vitamin A compounds (Retinol)
- Hydroxy acids, such as citric/fruit acids,
- Glycol and lactic
- Vitamin C,
- Polyhydroxy acids
- Coenzyme Q10
- Tea extracts
- Grape seed extract
If you are concerned about the appearance of fine lines, we have put together a shortlist of products to try. Click on an image for further information about a product.
*All prices correct at the time of publishing.
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