January 29, 2024
Today I want to talk about something we all deal with as we age - wrinkles. I know, I know, it's not the most fun topic. But wrinkles are a natural part of life and there's no reason to be ashamed of them. In fact, they show that you've lived and experienced a lot!
First things first - what exactly are wrinkles? Wrinkles are folds, creases or ridges in the skin that develop from the breakdown of collagen, elastin, and fat under the skin's surface. As we age, our skin naturally loses some elasticity. Areas that crease often with facial expressions, like the forehead and eyes, are especially prone to developing wrinkles over time.
Wrinkles form when the lower layers of our skin weaken. The main proteins that give our skin its youthful strength and flexibility are collagen and elastin. Starting in our mid-20s, our bodies produce about 1% less collagen each year. As collagen depletes, skin loses its firmness and begins to sag. Elastin also starts to diminish, making skin less springy and resilient. The loss of these important proteins causes skin to wrinkle.
Aside from natural aging, there are a few other factors that contribute to wrinkles:
Sun Exposure - UV rays from the sun degrade collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. This causes premature aging including wrinkles and rough, leathery skin. Always wear SPF 30 or higher when going outside!
Smoking - Toxins from cigarette smoke constrict blood vessels in the outer layers of skin. This depletes nutrients and oxygen, damaging collagen and elastin.
Facial Expressions - Ever wondered why those laughter lines around your eyes are so endearing? Expression lines, whether from laughter, frowning, or squinting, are a natural part of life. Over time, the repetitive muscle movements and creasing of the skin lead to the formation of these lines.
Sleeping Face-Down - Pressing your face into the pillow in the same way night after night leads to sleep lines and wrinkles.
Dehydration - When skin lacks moisture, it loses elasticity. Dry, crepey skin is more prone to showing lines. Remember to drink plenty of water!
Gravity - Over time, the gravitational pull on our skin causes it to sag. Areas like our jowls and upper eyelids are especially susceptible.
Now that you know how wrinkles develop, let's chat about how to prevent and treat them! While we can't stop the aging process (yet!), there are ways to maintain a smooth, youthful complexion.
An age-defying routine encompasses three crucial steps: Targeted Massage, High-Performance Products, and Skincare Devices. In this exploration, we will focus on Step 2 – High-Performance Products, diving into the realm of preventing and treating wrinkles.
Moisturize - Using rich, nourishing creams hydrates skin and improves texture. Look for products with peptides to stimulate collagen like the Promoter Repair Cell Moisturizer from House of PLLA
Exfoliate - Shedding dead skin cells improves skin tone and helps creams absorb better. Try a gentle Enzyme exfoliant like the CBE Botanicals Enzyme Rescue
Serums- Add in an advanced cellular serum like NeoGenesis Recovery. This hero acts as a power boost to naturally return the skin to a healthy and radiant state.
Wear SPF - Incorporate sunscreens that are designed to shield your skin from harmful UV rays while pampering it with nourishing ingredients. Cutting-edge formulas inspired by the innovative beauty trends of Korea are my go-to SPF's.
Additional factors, such as maintaining a nourishing diet, prioritizing rest for skin rejuvenation, and managing stress levels, are key components in addressing and preventing wrinkles.
With over 24 years of experience as an esthetician and being a woman navigating the glorious age of 50, join me on a glimpse into my skincare routine. (Please note that the specifics may vary based on my skin's current requirements).
I typically shower at night. After my shower, I use the Omnilux Red Light face, chest, neck and hand mask. Then I apply the CBE Botanicals Hydrate + Conduct mask and use my Foreo Bear 2 for 12 minutes. I do this 4 days per week.
Once per week, I use the HOP+ Pro Micropeel Weekly Refiner. I also use the Skin Wand Pro once a week.
The sooner you start caring for your skin, the better! But it's never too late to start an anti-aging skin care routine. Be diligent, and you can diminish the appearance of existing wrinkles and delay new ones.
A few lines and crinkles don't have to be the end of the world. They're a natural part of life. With the right skin care regime, you can age gracefully and make the most of your skin at any stage of life.
The right anti-aging plan can help refresh your skin at any age. If you're looking to turn back time on your complexion, I'm here to help!
Join my exclusive Christine Byer Beauty Club for additional support. You'll get access to savings on the pro-grade products mentioned here and expert guidance on using them in your routine. Inside the beauty club, I share my best clinical techniques and lifestyle tips for achieving timeless, glowing skin at any age.
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