Wrinkles are the most common and perhaps most complained about sign of skin aging. While we can’t completely prevent these fine lines, there are actions you can take to reduce their appearance. Read on to find out why they form and how to prevent wrinkles from plaguing your aging experience.
Why Wrinkles Form
As we age, our skin loses some of its ability to generate new collagen and hold onto water. This, combined with a reduction in elasticity, means that skin can’t bounce back as easily from repeated muscle movements like facial expressions.
Over time, these skin movements form permanent creases, which we call wrinkles and fine lines. This process is exacerbated by damage from sun, wind, and pollution as well as internal health problems.
How to Prevent Wrinkles
Protect Your Skin from External Stress
Many people already know that shielding our skin from environmental stressors is important for aging gracefully. Sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoiding outdoor activities when the sun is strongest are all good strategies when deciding how to prevent wrinkles.
Keeping a regular skincare routine is also critical for helping skin recover from exposure to UV rays and toxins like pollution or even some ingredients in makeup. Daily cleansing and moisturizing along with regular exfoliation removes the day’s debris and old skin cells that can dry out skin, making wrinkles look worse.
Protect Your Body from Internal Stress
But some reasons for wrinkles go deeper than the skin’s surface. Oxidative stress, in particular, is a common culprit for premature skin aging.
Oxidative stress comes from a buildup of free radicals, which are a by-product of normal cell activity and our internal response to tissue damage due to illness or injury (including skin damage). Research has connected oxidative stress to many health concerns like cancer and chronic inflammation, and skin problems from rosacea too, yes, increased wrinkles and fine lines.
Fortunately, we have a great defense against oxidative stress: antioxidants.
Use Antioxidants to Protect Skin Inside and Out
Antioxidants like vitamin A, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione (GSH) disarm free radicals so that the body can safely dispose of them before they cause damage. This keeps oxidative stress and overall inflammation low while promoting our natural healing abilities.
Glutathione’s Amazing Abilities for Skin
Perhaps the most effective ingredient for fighting both oxidative stress and wrinkles is glutathione. One of the most plentiful substances in the body, GSH performs important tasks even beyond fighting free radicals, like regulating cell growth and function and donating electrons to spent antioxidants so they can go to work again.
When it comes to skin, glutathione repairs old damage, promotes new cell and collagen growth, lightens dark spots, fades scars, lessens redness, and improves overall skin function, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles!
How to Prevent Wrinkles with Antioxidants
To keep up your antioxidant supply, be sure to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (see Auro founder Dr. Nayan Patel’s comprehensive guide Glutathione Revolution for simple action plans to do this).
You should also look for skincare products that use antioxidants. Auro’s patented Skincare Protocol, for example, not only includes vitamins A, B, C, and E but also coenzyme Q10 and plenty of glutathione. Additionally, Auro is one of the few manufacturers to use sub-nanotechnology to provide highly absorbable GSH in an easy-to-use complete skincare package.
You can’t stop the clock but with wrinkle-fighting allies like glutathione on your side (and in your body), you’ll be able to minimize wrinkles and keep your skin healthy from the inside out.