Common Skin Conditions: Fine Lines and Wrinkles

04.08.2013, 14:00 CDT | Posted In: Eye Area, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Common Skin Conditions: Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Creases. Furrows. Crevices. Cracks. No matter what you call them, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process.

So, what causes wrinkles?
As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and less supple, and its ability to protect itself from damage is also diminished. From smoking to sun exposure and even smiling, there are many possible causes of wrinkles.1 Whether you see them as markers of milestones or a sign of the mileposts behind you, wrinkles are a beautiful expression of who we are and where we have been—even still, most of us would prefer to keep them to a minimum.

How can I prevent them?
Wrinkles affect everyone as they age, but where and when they appear is largely up to you. Limiting sun exposure, or wearing long sleeves and hats when outside, is the best way to help maintain your youthful complexion a little longer. The importance of applying a sunscreen such as our award-winning, PABA-free Nu-Derm® Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 cannot be overstated for its ability to keep signs of skin aging at bay, now and down the road.

Dry skin, often made worse by sun exposure, can also make the appearance of wrinkles look more prominent. Make it a habit to carry a reusable water bottle with you, and sip it constantly. Add a squeeze of fresh citrus like lime, lemon, or even orange to give your water a kick of flavor and some power-packed Vitamin C.

What can I do to get rid of them?
Unfortunately, wrinkles are just a part of life. Instead of trying to wage an all-out war on them, we suggest starting each morning with something you actually can control: a quick beauty trick that can help tighten the appearance of your skin. Fill a small basin with cold water and ice cubes, and dip your face in for 5 to 10 seconds. Doing this will help to shrink the appearance of pores and reduce under-eye puffiness.2

Follow that with a 10-minute facial massage to stimulate skin cells and tighten the appearance of the skin. Moisturizer has inherent plumping properties that temporarily smooth out the skin, so be sure to apply your favorite every morning.

At bedtime, try a targeted eye-area product such as Obagi ELASTIderm® Eye Cream to help diminish the appearance of pesky crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles around the eyes. A humidifier and a good night’s rest can also work wonders to help keep the stresses of the day from showing up on your skin.

As you may have guessed, the key to flawless skin is really you: your discipline, your ability to stay young at heart, and your selection of just a few of the right products to bring out the best of every milestone you’ve achieved. Protect and bring out your natural radiance for years to come by incorporating these steps into your daily beauty ritual.

References: 1. Cosmetic procedures for wrinkles. WebMD Web site. Accessed March 13, 2013.
2. Banish the bags under your eyes. WebMD Web site. Accessed March 26, 2013.