Why Wrinkles Form and the Best Ways to Prevent Them

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Lets face it, everyone wants to prevent wrinkles. It used to be that articles like this one only appealed to women, but it has been reported that men now make up 25% of the reduce wrinkle market. The cosmetic companies are capitalizing on this and therefore the amount of information on skin care and ways to prevent wrinkles is staggering.

When I first started looking into this subject, I had to wade through a ton of information and not all of it was good. To determine what claims were real and what were mere wishful thinking, I had to get educated on how and why wrinkles formed.

I don't want to get too technical, but it is important to have a basic understanding of your skin and ways to prevent wrinkles. Your skin is made up of many layers. Experts tend to argue whether there are 3 or sometimes up to 7 layers of skin; either way, the proteins that make up those layers are collagen and elastin. Collagen gives the skin its strength and form while elastin works with collagen to keep the skin flexible.

So when it comes to ways to prevent wrinkles, collagen and elastin are where we need to concentrate our anti aging efforts. When we lose collagen it creates small spaces for our skin to fall or fold into, and we call that a wrinkle. Keeping and creating collagen is the best way to keep our skin smooth.

Many companies want you to believe that taking collagen as a supplement or applying it directly to your skin will boost your collagen production and fill wrinkles. Unfortunately the collagen protein is too large to be absorbed by the skin and collagen supplements have not been proven effective. What you need to do is stimulate collagen production and prevent any further degradation of the collagen you already have.

There are several ways to accomplish this, the first is nutrition. Keep your diet high in antioxidants to combat the effects of free radicals in your system. Free radicals from pollution and sun exposure are two of the biggest causes involved in loosing collagen. Eating things like blueberries, and olive oil will up your antioxidant intake and help keep the signs of aging at bay. Using a moisturizer made with CoEnzyme Q10 is also extremely effective at eliminating free radicals in your system.

A natural way to stimulate collagen production and give your skin a healthy glow is to use skin care that includes Cynergy TK. This is a breakthrough ingredient that is made from the wool of New Zealand sheep. It has been clinically proven to not only stimulate collagen production but also increases elastin in your skin.

OK, I'm about to get a little technical by talking about a third skin component called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has two functions in the skin. It acts like the glue that keeps collagen and elastin together and it is amazing at holding water. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 100 times its weight in water. Young skin has this component in abundance which gives the skin the smooth texture we are all looking to maintain.

You can prevent wrinkles by using skin products that stimulate hyaluronic acid. There is a Japanese sea kelp called Phytessence Wakame which has been clinically tested to aide the skin's hyaluonic acid and give your skin that young glow.

Make no mistake about it, the best ways to prevent wrinkles center around collagen and elastin production. You can do this naturally by eating a balanced diet full of antioxidants, and by using a moisturizing cream that includes natural ingredients that stimulate collagen production.

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Mae Mathews has been researching natural solutions to skin care for over 5 years. She shares her research on ways to prevent wrinkles on her website. You can visit http://www.absolutely-clear-skin.com to see the type of skin care she endorses.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02