Every morning you get up and go about your day. But have you ever thought about a day in the life of your skin, or even a single wrinkle?
To understand the myriad of things that both assault and affect our skin every day, let’s break down a day in the life of a wrinkle.
- You begin each day by waking up and getting out of bed.
The skin (and whole body) repair and restoring that goes on when you sleep stops for now. Hopefully you’ve slept soundly and feel refreshed. If not, your skin may be a bit dull or you may have some dark circles or bags under your eyes.
And it’s thirsty. You’re dehydrated after spending (hopefully) 8 hours sleeping. Your body and skin need hydration. This may show up on your skin as deeper lines and a dull look to your complexion.
This is a good time to have a glass of water, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon. The water will rev up your metabolism and skin.
- You head to the bathroom.
Maybe you take a shower, or at least wash your face. Now is a great time for some vitamin C serum and antioxidant moisturizer. These strong antioxidants will help protect your wrinkle from further damage as you go through your day.
Free radicals from UV rays that escape your sunscreen, air pollution, blue light, and stress all cause oxidative stress to your wrinkle.
The moisturizer will protect your skin barrier and help keep moisture in your skin.
And don’t forget sunscreen.
- You’re dressed and ready for a quick breakfast.
Your wrinkle is hoping that doesn’t include a lot of sugar because sugar can accelerate skin damage.
It can make your wrinkle worse through a process called advanced glycation where sugar encourages cross linking of the proteins in your skin. These cross-linkeed proteins bind to your collagen and make it brittle.
The cross linking that sugar causes is linked to skin stiffening, loss of elasticity, and increased pigmentation.1
- You’re finally ready to head out into the world.
Hopefully, you’ve remembered to put on sunscreen.
As you’ve probably heard a hundred (or more) times, sun exposure is the cause of 90% of signs of aging, including your wrinkle. It’s true.
The UV rays of the sun are the major cause of wrinkled, leathery, thickened, sagging, blotchy skin.
Even if you’re working inside, the sun’s UVA rays can penetrate glass.
UVA rays reach deep into your dermal layer and cause collagen and elastin to break down, which is how your wrinkle was born in the first place.
UVA rays also dilate and break down small blood vessels in the dermis which causes the small spider veins you might see on your cheeks and nose.
They also destroy retinoic acid receptors which can contribute to a vitamin A deficiency in your skin. Retinol helps because it delivers a usable form of vitamin A to your skin.
Besides IV rays from the sun, you may encounter air pollution which is also hard on your wrinkle. Air pollution causes inflammation and oxidative stress. Again, those antioxidants in your serum and moisrturizer will help protect your wrinkle.
- You arrive at work and power up your computer.
Your face is 12 inches away from the screen, a high energy source of blue light which may contribute to accelerated wrinkling. Maybe, the jury is out.
Your mineral sunscreen, vitamin C serum and antioxidant moisturizer will help protect your wrinkle.
- Lunch time.
You made your lunch at home. You try to eat a balanced diet with adequate protein and lots of fruits and veggies. These help your body fight oxidative stress and boost your immune system.
Your wrinkle (and body) thanks you.
You can use the most expensive anti-aging creams out there but a poor diet will always show through your skin.
- After lunch, you take a short walk.
Your wrinkle, skin, body and mind thank you again.
Exercise increases circulation, encourages collagen production and reduces stress. Being outdoors helps too, by combating stress.
Mental stress affects your skin by increasing inflammation.
8 . You get out into the rush hour traffic.
And there are car fumes.
Your wrinkle hasn’t adapted to such recent developments as fumes and toxins.
There’s some evidence that the compounds in air pollution (NO2) does, in fact, contribute to wrinkling. Toxins enter your skin, produce free radicals and oxidative stress. This sets off inflammatory cascades.
Another good reason to treat your skin to anti-oxidants.
- At home, you have dinner and relax a bit.
You wash your face to remove your make up and the grime of the day.
Your night time routine does the heavy lifting for your skin. Night is when your skin works hard to repair and renew itself. The active ingredients you use now will sink in and do their work on your hard working skin and wrinkle.
This is the time for retinol, peptides, CoQ 10, and nourishing moisturizers.
You take a moment to look at your face in the mirror. Yes, your wrinkle is there looking back at you. But you don’t hate it. You understand that your wrinkle hasn’t had it easy and you respect that.
You just want to take as good care of it as you can.
You might want to consider silk pillowcases. Physical pressure marks from pillows can make marks on your skin and aggravate the lines that are already there. The effects are more noticeable with age.
You get into bed and do some deep breathing. You think about things you’re grateful for. Including your wrinkle. Slowly, you drift off to sleep.
Sleep is so important. Sleep deprived people appear less healthy and less attractive. Sleep deprivation changes your skin-darker circles under your eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines, weakened skin barrier and increased signs of intrinsic aging.
Also, sleep deprivation harms metabolism, immune system and mental health, all of which accelerate skin aging.
Your wrinkle enjoys a good rest while your skin and cells are hard at work repairing the damage from the day, making and nourishing new skin cells, and getting ready to do it again tomorrow.
Your day might look different. But a day in the life of a wrinkle is similar as far as challenges to the health of your skin.
Some wrinkles and fine lines are normal and natural, the result of your usual facial expressions. Don’t hate them.
On the other hand, thickened wrinkled and lined skin is also damaged skin, and there’s a lot you can do to keep it looking its best and most healthy. Here’s the short list-
What you can do to keep your face looking its best:
- Limit sun exposure
- Quit smoking
- Eat a balanced diet with adequate protein and plenty of fruits and veggies. Avoid sugar and highly processed foods.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.
Here are the ingredients for mature skin that have the best/most evidence of efficacy:
- Anti-oxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, nicotinamide, selenium, Co Q 10
Creams that combine anti-oxidants, peptides and moisturizers have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing wrinkles (Professor Chris Griffiths at the University of Manchester UK, led a clinical trial where 70% of participants who used a combo product had significantly reduced wrinkles after one year compared to placebo treatment.
Lucky for you, all of our products at SunWindSnow are formulated using proven active ingredients in combinations that work.
DewDrops Vitamin C serum
SunUp Antioxidant Day moisturizer
SnowDrops Peptide and stem cell serum
GloDrops Restoring Retinol Serum
StarDrops TCA and All trans Retinol Serum
AlpenGlo Face and Neck Firming Cream with peptides, bee propolis, royal jelly, CoQ10, B5 and antioxidants
SunDown Restoring night cream with peptides, CoQ 10, vitamin e, and vitamin B5
Lyman, Monty. The Remarkable Life of Skin. 2018.