A recent Allure magazine poll said more than 70% of women stated they saw their first wrinkle before they were 30 years old and 40% saw their first wrinkle before they were 25 years old.
This survey shocked me! Like most baby boomers, I’ve been fighting “getting old” for as long as I can remember. I even started my own skin care company to produce natural products without man-made chemicals and artificial colors. I have found some great anti-wrinkles nutrients and strategies over the last 30 years which I will share with you over the next few months.
It’s my guess that so many younger girls are seeing wrinkles because of the “tanning craze.” According to a recent study by the American Academy of Dermatology 81% of respondents thought they looked their best after having been out in the sun. While 15 minutes a day of sun exposure is recommended to prevent osteoporosis and depression, more than that is simply detrimental to your skin, especially your face. Have you ever wondered why the skin on your tummy looks younger than that on your face?
While there are many factors that cause aging, like irritation from harsh chemicals or environmental pollutants, emotional stress, sleep deprivation, sleeping on your stomach, excess alcohol consumption, drug abuse, cigarette smoking and poor diet; photo-aging is the primary cause of wrinkled, sagging skin.
So wear sunscreens please and reapply every hour! If you must have a tanned look, get a spray-on tan. It looks incredibly natural.
If you fried your skin a few times (like most of us have), there is hope. European scientists have conducted test with Coenzyme Q10. After just 15 minutes of exposure to bright sunlight, your skin’s CoQ10 levels start dropping. Apparently CoQ10 significantly increases hyaluronic acid in artificially aged human cells. Hyaluronic acid regulates hydration of the skin and also promotes the organization of collagen fibers.
Taking 50mg of Coenzyme Q10 30 minutes before sun exposure will dramatically decrease the free radical damage caused by UVA and UVB exposure. Experiments in Europe on elderly volunteers showed that topical CoQ10 visibly reduced deep wrinkles associated with photo-aging and produced a 26% reduction in the overall irregularity of the skin’s surface. In petre dish skin cultures, CoQ10 was protective against DNA damage, as well. UV exposure is inevitable, unless you live in a cave, but it’s good to know there is an antioxidant that can target UVA damage internally and externally.
Recent studies show that if you add a twist of lemon to your water you will reap additional benefits of d-limonene, an antioxidant that has show to lower the risk of skin cancer if you use it regularly. Not only is too much sun a problem but too little water is also. Dermatologists agree that drinking 6-8 glasses of water will hydrate your skin to improve skin texture, since 70% of your dermis is water, but this hydration also protects against free radical damage. Hyaluronic acid, often called the “water reservoir” because it binds up to 40,000 times it weights in water, has the ability to plump dry wrinkled skin making it smoother. Hyaluronic acid dramatically drops from 70% to 30% as we age, so external hydration with products that contain hyaluronic acid are a must on the battle of aging.
Getting older is inevitable but getting wrinkles, doesn’t have to be. Check with me next month for more face saving strategies.