Wrinkles – separating fact from fiction

Wrinkles: separating fact from fictionOne of the many facts about getting older is that we will develop wrinkles. Some people are more prone to them than others, but at some point, we will all succumb to one of the most common signs of ageing. There are things that can be done to slow down this process and also many old wives’ tales too. Here we look at the fact and the fiction concerning facial lines.

True or false….?

Smoking gives you wrinkles – true

Cigarettes continue nicotine and this is the ingredient that heightens the appearance of wrinkles. When nicotine is inhaled, it narrows the blood vessels in the top layers of your skin, which means that the skin does not get sufficient blood supply. This limited blood supply restricts the amount of nutrients that are delivered to your skin by the blood, including oxygen and vitamin A. Over time this will cause your skin to sag and develop lines.

Sun cream can help prevent wrinkles – true

Looking after your skin from an early age is the best way to ensure that wrinkles are kept at bay for as long as possible. Regularly moisturising your sink is a good idea, and sun protection is vital. Using sun cream with a minimum strength of SPF15 will help your skin from damaged caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Anti-wrinkle creams can remove wrinkles – false

Anti-wrinkle creams can work hard to moisturise your skin, keep it supple and nourished, which is the first step in trying to reduce the appearance of lines. The truth is that most moisturisers will be able to subtly help the appearance of your face, as drier skin can make the creases look more pronounced. Anti-wrinkle creams cannot offer proven, scientific reversing of lines on your face.

What to do if you’re unhappy with wrinkles

Your facial lines are evidence that you have lived, smiled, laughed and frowned. For some people, they represent a natural part of the ageing process and they are happy to let them appear and shape the contours of their face. However, if you’re not ready to give into wrinkles just yet, arrange to speak to Mr Alan Park to understand exactly what treatments are available to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.