If there’s one thing that people want to try and prevent as they get older, it’s the appearance of aging. Wrinkles and sagging of the skin are one of the first visible signs of aging, but there is a reason behind it.
At Skinstation, we want to promote that youthful glow within your skin, but it is important to understand why certain things happen to the skin so that we can help you tackle them when the time comes, or preparing your skin so that it doesn’t happen at all!
Fine lines occur due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that is an important component of connective tissue and is naturally produced by the fibroblasts, whereas elastin is a highly elastic protein that helps to ensure the skin returns to its original position when it’s poked or pinched.
During the aging process, the collagen and elastin can break down due to age, but it can also break down due to the presence of free radicals; these are particles or molecules that extract electrons from the surrounding environment, such as the skin. This then causes the DNA to become damaged, as well as the proteins within the skin, which can cause fine lines.
When people hear the term ‘wrinkles’, they also assume that they are the same thing as fine lines. However, wrinkles are deeper folds within the skin and are a more drastic result of the aging process. Even though the skin ages naturally, wrinkles tend to emerge due to external effects, such as excess sun damage, diet, and smoking.
These cause an effect known as cellular oxidation, which encourages an electron to be released from a molecule. The resulting molecule can then cause a chain reaction which can cause proteins, DNA, and lipids to break down, leading to wrinkles. It acts in a similar way to CFCs in the ozone layer and how the ozone layer depletes via a chain reaction.
Ways to Prevent This
The most important things to do is to ensure that your skin doesn’t oxidise. To do this, you need to keep an eye on your diet, as well as making sure that you aren’t stressed, and there is no pollutants present that could harm your skin.
If you want to prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the future, the best thing to do is to invest in products that contain the essential proteins that are needed to maintaining wrinkle-free skin – collagen and elastin – and natural vitamins and minerals that can prevent oxidation – commonly known as antioxidants.
For example, the Obagi C Rx System Early Intervention System contains vitamin C, which is a high effective antioxidant. This can reduce the effects of oxidative stress, which is a prominent cause of wrinkles and fine lines. The Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment consists of a bi-mineral complex known as copper zinc malonate that helps to restore elasticity around your eyes, which can also prevent the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
We always want to make sure that you maintain your everlasting youthful glow, which is why we provide these products for you in the first place. Make sure to get in touch with one of our friendly members of staff if you have any questions regarding out anti-aging products.