Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wrinkles! Help!!

I was asked about wrinkles today so I thought I would share with everyone some ways to help with treating and avoiding them.

First is most obvious I think, avoid the sun. Granted I live here in Florida and it's hard enough to do that. So when you can't avoid the sun, use sunscreen. 
Don't smoke, get adequate sleep, and don't squint. I have also heard to sleep on your back to help. 
Eat more fish, the cold water kind. Salmon is the best. Essential fatty acids help nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles. Eat soy too. Trade your coffee for cocoa. Cocoa helps prevent sun damage. And of course eat more fruits and veggies!
Another obvious thing to do is to use moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin. You will trick your skin into thinking it has produced enough. Use morning and night. Don't over wash your face. Tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away protection. Moreover, unless your soap contains moisturizers, you should use a cleanser instead.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). These natural fruit acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes. Retinoids (including Retin A). The only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles is tretinoin, known commercially as Retin A. Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A found in many over-the-counter products. 
Topical treatments that will help with sun damage and rejuvenating collagen production are: vitamin C, idebenone, growth factors, and pentapeptides.

Some products I really like are Stri-Vectin and Dermologica. If you have an Ulta around you I suggest going there and getting a facial. I used to work there. That's how I am familiar with these products.  You will get a 20% off your first-time appointment for skin care. Go and enjoy!!
Plus the first Tuesday of every month if you are a student you et 20% off your entire purchase including hair services. There are somethings that do not apply. 

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