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Minimizing Wrinkles

Jan 14, 2008
Okay, ladies, let's face it, no one wants them, even though we know that they're inevitable and just nature's way of saying, life must go on... It's the dreaded and most avoided issue among ladies, wrinkles. Women usually would prefer to compromise wisdom for beauty. Of course, not all of us can afford to go and get a quick fix of Botox or plastic surgery on a whim. At the cost of spending a significant portion of our savings, most of us could only dream of such tactics to fight nature's unwelcome skin intruders. Opportunely, there are ways to prevent wrinkles and even attack and minimize those that already have been invaded by wrinkles. The tips that will be provided need to take place on a consistent basis as well as used as preventive measures regardless of age. However, the earlier you start combating wrinkles, as with anything, the more likely you will have success in doing so.

What causes wrinkles? It is essential to explore the root of wrinkles to understand how to avoid and treat them. The major cause of wrinkles is sun exposure. Sun exposure causes the skin to dry, which eventually leads to wrinkles and fine lines. Tanning beds are far worst than regular sun exposure. The direct exposure to the light causes severe damage to the skin. When you are attempting to get a tan by lying in the sun to do so, you are increasing your chances of getting wrinkles more rapidly and more severely. Smoking also increases wrinkles. Smoking deprives the blood of needed oxygen and nutrients, which lead to wrinkles. Finally, heredity plays a major role in how rapidly you will wrinkle and just how your skin wrinkles. Some genes allow people to grow old more gracefully, while others tend to appear wrinkled rather prematurely. Lighter skinned people wrinkle at a far more rapid rate as well as have deeper and more plentiful lines in their skin.

What do you need to do to prevent wrinkles? The first defensive measure that you should take is to avoid over sun exposure. Avoid direct sunlight, as much as you can to keep your skin looking it's most youthful. The sun is the most damaging agent to your skin. Sunscreens offer protection against UVA radiation. Before going out in the sun, apply a sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. If you are a lighter skinned person, it is necessary to increase the sun-protection factor. It is recommended by most dermatologists to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes prior to going out. Another important measure is to avoid smoking, or quit. Smoking is detrimental to your skin and ages you far sooner than you would naturally age. Why rush nature's process? There are enough factors in opposition to your skin without your assistance.

A good daily moisturizer to prevent wrinkles is essential. A good moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated which aids in the prevention of wrinkles. Make sure that you invest in a moisturizer that has an SPF, which is not difficult to find. The SPF will protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays. Also, check the label for retinol. Retinol contains vitamin A, and works to fight in the anti-aging process. These two ingredients work together to provide a youthful and vibrant appearance for all skin types. Be sure to cleanse your skin of all make-up before applying your moisturizer.

What if I already have wrinkles? If you've already been plagued with wrinkles, you don't have to throw in the towel, there's still hope. You can always opt to go the Botox or plastic surgery route. If money is an issue, you may check to see how much your insurance company will compensate and maybe take out a loan to meet the rest of the obligation. The results of plastic surgery or botox are usually excellent and will be sure to leave you pleased with your decision. Another option is to try the day-lift products, which aren't as expensive, but can sometimes have high a success rate. While some wrinkle creams are effective, depending on how deep your wrinkles are, they usually don't have a high success rate. The make-up counters at department stores are a better place to shop for wrinkle creams as opposed to drug stores. Note the labels that claim to "reduce the appearance of wrinkles" as opposed to getting rid of them.

If you take precautionary measures to prevent wrinkles, you're likely to enjoy wrinkle free skin for a longer period of time. Keep your skin looking it's best and most vivacious by avoiding harmful sunrays, and just saying no to nicotine. Your skin will thank you for it!
About the Author
Donna Rice is the owner of blackhairplanet.com a black hair forum and black hairstyles site.
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