A Close-Up On Wrinkles: Part 2
Treating Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The cause of aging skin is both external and internal. Internally, just like any other organ in your body, your skin’s functionality slowly deteriorates as you age. External factors such as sun exposure, smoking and environmental pollutants can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well.
What can you do about them? With advances in science, there are some well-proven skin care ingredients that are worth using to help prevent external damage as well as reduce the existing signs of aging you might have.
Retinoids are natural or synthetic substances derived from vitamin A. Clinical studies have proven that the topical application of retinyl proprionate, a less irritating form of vitamin A used for conditioning, is effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also smoothes skin texture and reduces the look of discoloration.
Niacinamide, found naturally in the body, is a water-soluble derivative of vitamin B3. Topical niacinamide helps improve skin’s moisture barrier and this helps allow for the natural production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that strengthens skin and its firmness—a natural ally when it comes to fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide also speeds up the rate of skin surface renewal to help reverse the appearance of past damage— skin discolorations, the look of enlarged pores—you know, the things we battle in the mirror each morning.
Peptides are tiny fragments of protein molecules that are found naturally throughout the body. Along with glycerin, peptides hydrate and enhance the stratum corneum, or outer layer of skin. This helps allow for the natural production of collagen, which can help to firm up skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
We’ve come a long way.
Complex sciences and the latest technologies have given us a new understanding of skin and how it ages. These advances have allowed us to create very effective anti aging treatments. With ingredients like retinyl proprionate, niacinamide and peptides, we can do much more to help preserve our youthful appearance.