Wrinkles & Aging
Fine lines and wrinkles are the result of intrinsic and extrinsic factors.
Intrinsic aging naturally occurs regardless of outside influences. After we hit our 20’s, our collagen production steadily decreases, and overtime, the skin structure becomes thinner and weakened. We also gradually produce less and less oil and elastin, which also attributes to aging skin and wrinkles, but only mildly.
Extrinsic aging occurs as a result of sun and environmental damage (smoking, exposure to ultraviolet rays, and pollution), as well as repetitive facial expressions and regular sleeping positions. Extrinsic aging accelerates the loss of collagen and elastin, and shows up as dark spots, rough texture, uneven tone, thinned skin, and deep set wrinkles.
While there are many treatments available to reduce wrinkles, such as injectables, fillers, and chemical peels, prevention is the key to minimizing effects of premature aging. That is why it is very important to take care of your skin before the damage occurs. Little efforts can go a long way, such as using adequate sun protection daily, 30 SPF or higher (zinc- or titanium-based products are best), avoiding smoking, avoiding tanning, making sure your facial expressions and sleep positions aren’t causing your skin to crease, and using dermatologist recommended creams, such as Retin-A.