They start to creep slowly. A smile line here… a frown line there. And, before you know it, there are these things called crow’s feet swarming your eyes. My friends, we now have what we call “wrinkles.”

As we age, wrinkles are just a natural result of our wisdom and candles on the cake. We know they are coming, but for some, holding them off as long as we can is a daily mission.

According to the Mayo Clinic, genetics mainly determine the skin’s structure and its texture, but sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles. Wrinkles can be either fine lines or deep crevices most noticeable on the lips, eyes, neck and forehead.

In addition, as we age, our skin becomes thinner, drier and loses some of its youthful fullness, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. Since we can’t change the genetics we were born with, we can work with the external factors, environment and lifestyle choices that could help those little lines from coming sooner than we want.

THINGS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY

1. Smoking

A CNN article reported, “Smoking reduces the collagen formation, results in collagen degradation and reduces the skin circulation.

2. Neglecting Sunscreen

When exposed to the sun, its ultraviolet light damages the skin, and the damage can make one’s skin look older and cause wrinkles.

3. Drinking from a straw

The constant motion of sucking from a straw can lead to wrinkles around the lips.

4. Squinting

When not using sunglasses, you squint. This will cause those little lines around the eye called “crow’s feet.”

5. Sleeping on your side

When sleeping on your side, you are adding repeated pressure to your face, subsequently causing the skin elasticity to break down.

6. Eat specific foods

Foods such as leafy greens, citrus and the protein found in meat help replenish our depleted source of collagen.

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As noted, wrinkles will happen, regardless if we take out all the external forces that impede them. So, what can we do to erase them – or at least attempt to?

There are a number of aesthetic services available now that can help soften the exposure of wrinkles. According to
the Cleveland Clinic, BOTOX ®, the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is an FDA approved treatment used in adults to lessen the look of frown lines and wrinkles. “BOTOX® blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract (tighten) as forcefully, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.”

In addition to Botox ® there is SkinPen Microneedling pen. According to Carissa Blaser, aesthetician and owner of Pure Aesthetics, the SkinPen Microneedling pen introduces controlled trauma to the skin. This allows cell turn over and collagen and elastin boosting, which helps tighten and firm the skin.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, topical products that contain retinoid “reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin color.” Tretinoin, tazarotene and adapalene (the 0.1% formulation is available over the counter) are prescription strength retinoid. There are over the counter options that contain retinoid such as retinol.

Of course, prevention can also occur from the inside out. Keeping skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating foods such as avocados that are rich in healthy fats can help your skin. Salmon that is full of omega-3’s and pumpkin seeds that are loaded with vitamin E and zinc can also help keep wrinkles at bay. As the body ages, we decrease our production of collagen, and foods such as leafy greens, citrus and the protein found in meat help replenish our depleted source.

Whether we have them from genetics, smiles, stress or our days of sunbathing, wrinkles are an inevitable adventure
in aging. But, with a little coaxing and changes in our routines, we can put them in their place and hopefully stop them in their tracks!