Our skin has three layers:
- Epidermis -the outermost layer
- Dermis -the middle layer
- Subcutaneous -the innermost layer
When we were young, our skin had an abundance of:
- collagen- the main structural protein in the extracellular space,
- elastin-elastic protein in connective tissue and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching.
This allowed our skin to stretch, bounce back and hold in moisture efficiently. Aging causes the dermis to lose both collagen and elastin, the skin gets thinner and has difficulty getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The subcutaneous layer, which houses fat, that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear...which causes the epidermis to form wrinkles and sag.
Three ways to put those wrinkles on hold:
Protect with UVA/UVB sunscreen. The sun is the No. 1 skin ager, accelerating collagen breakdown and other signs of aging. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and reapply often to protect skin. Try REVERSE 50 SPF for face and ESSENTIALS Body SPF 30
Get topical. A variety of topical ingredients can help prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, including retinol, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. Use daily as part of an anti-aging skincare regimen. Get a customized anti-aging routine according to your individual needs here.
Encourage firmer-looking skin.While you can’t rub collagen into your skin, you can encourage firmer-looking skin by using a non-invasive micro-exfoliating roller. With regular use, such a tool will help your skin appear firmer with lines and wrinkles becoming less noticeable.