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Your Guide To Reduce The Signs Of Aging And Look Years Younger

Nov 22, 2007
It would be nice if we could do away with the signs of aging and look many years younger. Here are the secrets.

As you get up there in years, certain problems are going to crop up and one of them is wrinkles. They can be most visible around your eyes, forehead, cheeks and neck. You can get downright discouraged and even depressed when you look into a mirror. Don't worry, there are solutions.

Maybe you cannot stop time from marching on, but you can reduce the signs of the aging process and look better than ever. Here is what happens and some points to keep in mind.

What Causes Fine Lines? As a person ages, the skin undergoes significant changes. The inner layer of the skin begins to thin and the cells begin to divide more slowly. Fat cells begin to lessen or die beneath the dermis.

The collection of collagen fibers and elastin which provide a sort of scaffolding for the surface layer begin to come apart. Skin then loses its flexibility. It tends to sag and creates furrows.

The sweat glands wear out and become dry and scaly and facial lines develop. Gravity makes the situation worse and contributes to the formation of drooping eyelids and jowls. Also, eyebrows tend to move up as someone ages perhaps because of forehead wrinkles and the skin has less of an ability to repair itself so wounds heal more slowly.

There are other forces at play that can make your skin suffer, such as :

1. The sun damages collagen fibers and causes an accumulation of abnormal elastin. Metalloproteinases, or enzymes, are produced that are able to repair most of the damage, however, it is this repetition of the rebuilding process that is done over and over again that causes skin problems.

2. The sun's UV radiation promotes oxidation. This also leads to the development of skin abnormalities.

3. Cigarette smoking causes the thickening and fragmentation of elastin, reduces circulation and the amount of oxygen that is supplied to the skin, and leads to less Collagen formation and reduced water content in the skin. Lastly, smoking reduces the chances that the skin is able to fend off free radicals causing cell damage.

4. Air pollution. Ozone may be a problem for the skin. It may cause a reduction of Vitamin E in the skin which is an important antioxidant.

5. Fast weight loss. This can cause fine lines since it reduces the volume of fat cells which cushion the face. This will cause the skin to sag.

6. Heredity. You may have inherited some skin characteristics from your parents.

Wrinkles are the most visible signs of aging. As tissues sag, these lines form a type of canvas that is covered with cracks that have varying depths. As time goes by, they deepen and reach the dermis. As the dermis loses its elasticity, it becomes slack which leads to the formation of more pronounced wrinkles over 0.05 mm in depth.

Here is the normal progression of wrinkles characterized by age group:

From twenty to twenty five, vertical wrinkles on one's forehead and even between the eyebrows may already be visible. Fine lines at the external edges of the eyes are not yet noticeable.

In the twenty five to forty age range, wrinkles start to become a reality. But, they are less than 0.0005 mm in depth. They are caused by the superficial drying out of one's skin as well as the slowing down of cellular renewal.

And from forty to fifty, slowly the skin will lose its cutaneous substance. Deeper wrinkles as well as laughter lines now reach the dermis where they are greater than 0.5 microns in depth. The skin loses it elasticity and the facial contours are not less well defined.

For those that have reached fifty years of age or older, hormonal secretions end as menopause appears and this accelerates the aging process. The skin's surface begins to modify and intermediary lines are replaced by ever deepening furrows.

The older you become, the more wrinkles you get. You can minimize this damage by taking good care of your skin.

Wrinkle Treatments: here are a few promising remedies for sagging skin. There are some new wrinkle creams and topical lotions, like Avotone or Revitol, that contain natural ingredients that may help lessen this problem. For example:

1. Argireline - this is a safer alternative to Botox. It is not derived from any poisonous substance, but from naturally occurring amino acids. This element relaxes facial tension because it is able to reduce the excessive release of neurotransmitters which are also known as catecholamines. These make your facial muscles become tense. If your muscles are not tense, they do not contribute to wrinkles. Also, it may slow down the degeneration of elastin and collagen which normally occurs with aging.

2. Dermox SRC - this is a specially tested serum that helps to control wrinkles, increases the synthesis of collagen, and repairs the skin's surface.

3. DMAE - it has been indicated that this antioxidant is able to function as a cell membrane stabilizing agent. It reinforces the skin's foundation of elastin and collagen, makes cells live longer, and helps avoid cell dehydration. It may also assist in the healing of scars, which includes acne scars, and promotes the flushing out of too much lipofuscin from skin cells reducing age spots.

How Can You Minimize Fine Lines and Wrinkles?

There are several things you can do to reduce the wrinkles that you already have and minimize future occurences. These include:

-Avoid the sun or always use sunscreen
-Do not smoke
-Use a very good topical anti-wrinkle cream
-Drink plenty of water
-Eat an abundance of vegetables and fruits
-Exercise.

By doing these things, you will be taking important steps to help maintain a youthful appearance while reducing the onset of wrinkles.
About the Author
Ken Black is the proprietor of the Skin Care Reviews website. Visit this site for more secrets on anti-aging skin care products.
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