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Aging Skin - When To Start Using Wrinkle Creams

Updated on June 4, 2012

Before you can plan how to avoid wrinkles you first need to understand why you get wrinkles in the first place.

Wrinkles become more pronounced as you age. This could be a result of the accumulation of several factors that actually cause wrinkles. The two biggest causes are exposure to the sun and smoking, although your personal style of dress and heredity may also play a role.

Many people swear by wrinkle creams and claim that is why their skin has less wrinkles. This is only partially true. Chances are these people are doing simple things everyday that help slow down the visible signs of aging on their skin - or it could be genetics.

Since sun exposure is the most destructive force working against your skin it makes sense to try and limit your exposure. If your job or your lifestyle requires you to be in the sun then steps should be taken to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays.

Sunscreen is the best protection. It is suggested that people of all ages should use a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen everyday - year round. Just make sunscreen a part of your regular routine. Apply it several times a day - everyday.

Smoke is the other culprit that makes your skin age faster. Smoking causes biochemical changes in your body that actually speeds up the aging process. The obvious solution is to remove yourself from the equation. Quit smoking and don't be around second hand smoke.

After you address the causes of your wrinkles you can begin to look for ways to reduce them. For those people looking for a face-lift in a bottle solution to your wrinkles - it's not going to happen.

Wrinkle creams can only do so much and with varying degrees of success. How effective they are depends largely on the active ingredient although many of the active ingredients found in over the counter wrinkle creams have not been scientifically proven.

Your doctor or dermatologist can provide you with prescription creams that may be more effective than what you can purchase yourself. The deep wrinkles may require a more intrusive procedure.

The truth of the matter is that wrinkles are a natural part of aging. There are a variety of factors that affect how quickly and severe your wrinkles will appear. You can take some preventative measures but you will never be able to stop wrinkles.

The bottom line is - what are you willing to do? How far will you go?


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      Sarah 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you for the great information! I would never have thought to use sunscreen year round. Nicely written and easy to read hub!