Dr. Perricone’s line of anti-aging, skin firming skin care products treat both deep wrinkles and fine lines. Compared to the surgical alternatives, Dr. Perricone’s products provide a more cost-effective, safe, and natural way to help your skin regain its original radiance. To understand why the products are called a wrinkle cure, it’s helpful to know what causes wrinkle formation and where wrinkles usually appear.
This article will discuss:
- What Causes a Wrinkle
- Where Wrinkles Appear
- Take Action
- Prevention Methods
What Causes a Wrinkle
There are two important substances that the human body naturally produces in order to keep skin looking fresh.
- Elastin — These are structural proteins found throughout our bodies that allow organs to stretch and recoil, thereby maintaining their shape. As the elastin in our skin is exposed to sunlight, it becomes progressively damaged. Over time the healthy elastic tissue is replaced with damaged, degraded elastin.
Undamaged skin has a great deal of elasticity, like a rubber band. It strong, flexible, and able to retain its original shape. Damaged elastin fibers clump up and start behaving more like a rubber tire. The sun-damaged skin is very inelastic and thus much more prone to wrinkles.
- Collagen — This is the main structural protein of our bodies. It strengthens elastic fibers in order to provide flexibility, the quality skin care experts call elasticity. As collagen and elastic fibers receive UV damage, production of these cells diminishes, and skin begins to sag and develop uneven pigmentation.
However, the sun is not the only culprit in the appearance of wrinkles. Collagen and elastin production are affected by the natural aging process. As they age, cells divide slower and have diminished energy production. As a person ages and the cells are less active, the dermis begins to thin. The network of elastin and collagen fibers that support the outer layer loosens and unravels causing wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
Skin ages all over the body, but the most noticeable damage is seen on the face:
- Frown/Laugh lines – Wrinkles around the mouth are caused by the natural wear and tear that happens to the skin every time we laugh, smile, or frown. The skin around the area of the mouth is thinner and thus more prone to a loss of elasticity.
- Eyes Area and Crows Feet – The wrinkles that appear around the eyes are another natural symptom of skin aging, and they can be particularly aging. Under eye wrinkles can become noticeable as early as your 20s or 30s. The area under the eyes is especially vulnerable to dark circles and wrinkles because the skin is especially thin and sensitive. It is is easily affected by frequent facial expressions like laughing and squinting.
- Neck — The skin on the neck is one of the most neglected areas of the body even though it is exposed to the sun’s unrelenting rays on a daily basis. Most of the wrinkles on the neck are a result of this sun exposure as opposed to chronological aging. Dr. Perricone’s Firming Neck Therapy is an excellent option to treat this overlooked skin area.
There is more than one way to tackle troublesome wrinkle formation. The use of surgical and harsh chemical options is increasing, but many have unwanted costs to the health and comfort of the skin. Popular cosmetic procedures that aid in skin rejuvenation include:
- Glycolic acid peels — Only slightly reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles. May cause stinging and discomfort.
- Microdermabrasion – Silica or aluminum crystals are blasted over skin generally over a period of more than six sessions. Neither does it appear to activate collagen production, nor does it change the skin’s anatomy. May make face feel smoother as these products are mild exfoliants.
- Dermabrasion — Surgical procedure often performed under general anesthesia in which a physician uses a rotating instrument to sand skin down resulting in a raw appearance. Can result in meaningful wrinkle reduction depending on the experience of the doctor. May leave scarring and permanent skin color changes.
- Plastic surgery procedures — Expensive, surgical face and brow lifts, effective for select patients. Risk of pain and permanent damage.
- Botox — Injection of botulinum toxin, the muscle poison, which paralyzes muscles that produce “frown lines.”
- Fillers — Increase volume and flatten wrinkles and folds through injection of fillers, such as collagen. Effect only lasts a few months. Newer substances like hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm) and calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) have longer lasting effects – up to six to nine months, or even longer.
- Laser resurfacing — Produce similar results to dermabrasion, but more precise. A carbon dioxide or erbium laser is passed over an area of skin several times until the peel reaches the middle of the second layer of skin to boost the body’s natural collagen production. Healing takes weeks to months after laser resurfacing, while the procedure may cause permanent color changes and scarring.
Dr. Perricone’s anti-aging skin care products, including the top selling Advanced Face Firming Activator contain active, natural ingredients to treat aging skin:
- Olive Oil Polyphenols — These work to help even skin tone and add a supple appearance.
- Antioxidants — These include vitamins C ester and E, as well as beta-carotene, alpha-lipoic acid, and astaxanthin. They treat and help prevent free radical damage in the skin.
- Moisturizers — Moisturizers like Dr. Perricone’s Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer help the fight against sagging skin by keeping it hydrated, radiant, and smooth, and Perricone specials make the products even more affordable.
Dr. Perricone’s products are intended to treat the root cause of wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production, but there are steps you can take to minimize wrinkles in the first place:
- Wear sunscreen — Changes brought on by sun damage include rough, sagging skin, growths, and wrinkles. Skin ages significantly more where there has been maximum sun exposure. These especially include the face, neck, the backs of the hands, and the tops of the forearms.
- Don’t smoke — Many studies confirm that cigarette smoke ages skin, mostly by releasing an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin.
- Get enough sleep – Dr. Perricone believes when you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a stress hormone that breaks down skin cells. When you get enough rest, you produce more human growth hormone, which helps skin remain thick, more elastic, and less likely to wrinkle.
- Sleep on your back — The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions that sleeping in certain positions can lead to “sleep lines.” Over time, these wrinkles become etched into the skin and don’t disappear when you’re awake. Sleeping on your side increases the likelihood of wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face-down may result in a furrowed brow. To reduce wrinkle formation, the AAD recommends you sleep on your back. Also, use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce the friction and pull of fabric on your skin as you sleep.
- Eat plenty of healthy fats — Not only are salmon and with other cold-water fish a great source of protein, one of the building blocks of great skin, it’s also a rich source of Omega-3. Dr. Perricone strongly believes that essential fatty acids like Omega-3 help nourish skin and keep it supple. Incorporating nuts into your diet is another great way to get plenty of healthy fats.
- Exercise –A regular exercise routine helps to maintain overall health and improves circulation for glowing skin.
- Don’t over wash your face — According to dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash too often or with overly harsh soaps and you wash away natural wrinkle protection.