As you get older, it’s completely natural to start noticing wrinkles and fine lines appearing in your skin – but what’s causing them?
Wrinkles can show up for a few key reasons from lack of collagen production to free radicals running wild to just a failure to hydrate.
Understanding how to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles means knowing where they come from! Below are a few of the most common causes of wrinkles, as well as some factors that can make the appearance of your wrinkles more noticeable.
Wrinkles Show Up In Your Skin As It Weakens With Age
As you get older, your skin’s cell turnover and production of the proteins that keep it healthy and strong slows down. Collagen, the most abundant protein in your body, is produced by your skin cells to give your skin structure and strength. Without enough collagen, your skin can start to sag and get weak, causing wrinkles and lines to show up over time.
In addition to collagen, your skin also needs enough elastin production to stay wrinkle-free. Elastin is the protein produced by your skin cells that keeps your skin flexible, i.e. gives it elasticity. When enough elastin is being produced by your skin cells, your skin can stretch while still retaining its shape. When your skin’s elastin production slows down as you age, wrinkles can appear more prominently – your skin is no longer as firm as it used to be.
Other Factors Can Cause Wrinkles To Be More Noticeable
While aging is the primary cause of wrinkles, other factors that are easier to avoid can make your wrinkles easier to spot. Below are just a few lifestyle and environmental factors that can make wrinkles worse!
The appearance of wrinkles can be worsened by lack of sleep. Not sleeping enough can cause your skin, especially around your under eye area, to appear dull and darkened. This change in your skin’s pigment can accentuate the appearance of deep wrinkles and crow's feet. (Don't underestimate the power of retinoid eye cream!)
A lackluster skincare regimen also does no favors for your wrinkles. When you use the wrong products or ingredients for your skin type, you may be drying your skin out or irritating it, causing the appearance of wrinkles to be accentuated. Any skincare products with active ingredients that have the potential to irritate sensitive skin can make wrinkles more visible.
Not drinking enough water and eating an unhealthy diet can also make signs of aging appear more prominently. When you are dehydrated or not getting enough nutrients in your diet, your entire body can suffer, including your skin texture and skin barrier! One of the best ways to care for aging skin is to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water (read: hydration).
- When your skin is dry, the resulting buildup of dead skin cells and clogged pores can make wrinkles much more visible. Dried-out skin is noticeably rougher, more uneven-looking, and visibly aged than healthy, hydrated skin!
These are just a few of the many factors that can contribute to the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles. Now let’s find out what you can do to minimize the appearance of wrinkles using a powerful anti-aging cream!
How Anti-Wrinkle Cream Works
One of the best ways to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging is by using an anti-aging moisturizer or anti-wrinkle skin cream. Anti-wrinkle cream supplies your skin with nutrients to keep it looking bright and youthful, and can also soothe and refresh your skin to keep irritation, puffiness, and dark circles at bay.
In addition to calming and nourishing your skin, anti-wrinkle cream often also contains powerful moisturizers like hyaluronic acid and shea butter, which can prevent your skin from getting dried out.
What Ingredients Should Be In My Anti-Wrinkle Cream?
While many products are marketed as anti-aging wonders, there are specific ingredients to keep an eye out for that really work, and others to avoid.
Some anti-aging products contain irritating ingredients like synthetic colors and fragrances, which can detract from the benefits of other ingredients for your skin. Other products may contain parabens, sulfates, or harsh chemicals that you definitely want to avoid for the sake of your body and skin.
So, what ingredients should be in your anti-wrinkle cream? The answer is simple – all-natural, pure ingredients that are great for your skin! Think fragrance-free, dermatology-approved, firming formulations that use vitamin B3, lactic acid, glycolic acid, niacinamide, peptides, ceramides, and amino acids to give your skin a natural boost!
When you stick with natural skincare, you’re choosing the best possible ingredients for your skin. Below are some of the most effective natural anti-aging ingredients to look for in an anti-wrinkle cream.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a vital nutrient that can help keep your skin tone looking bright and youthful. Using a vitamin C cream can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even dark spots while hydrating, softening, and smoothing your skin.
Retinol, a powerful derivative of vitamin A, is one of the most renowned natural anti-aging ingredients. This antioxidant can help to minimize the appearance of signs of aging, and is best used as part of your evening beauty routine to provide some youth-boosting plumping overnight.
- Antioxidant-rich ingredients like green tea extract, argan oil, rosehip oil, vitamin E, and more are ideal additions to look for in all-natural anti-aging products. These ingredients can supply your skin with nourishment and refreshment, all without the need for artificial colors, scents, or chemicals.
Reducing the Appearance of Wrinkles – How Do I Do It?
One of the best ways to take care of your skin and reduce signs of aging is by using specific ingredients in the morning and others in the evening. goPure’s morning and night recommendations for anti-wrinkle creams are simple – vitamin C in the morning and retinol in the evening!
Vitamin C is a gentle, refreshing, and brightening ingredient that is perfect to apply to your face at the beginning of the day. Retinol is ideal for fighting wrinkles at night, and can be used before bed for best results.
The primary reason to save retinol for the evening is to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity caused by your retinol cream. Using retinol at night helps to protect your skin from being potentially more susceptible to sunburns or irritation from exposure to UV rays (make sure to use SPF 30 sunscreen anyway just in case!).
When you use a refreshing anti-wrinkle cream with vitamin C in the morning and a powerful soothing cream with retinol in the evening, you’re bookending your day with wrinkle-fighting power. goPure’s morning and night creams – and all of our products – are made without any unnecessary additives or artificial ingredients, making them the perfect start and finish to your day.
Does Anti-Wrinkle Cream Have Any Potential Side Effects That I Should Know About?
In most cases, natural ingredients like vitamin C and retinol will not have any negative effects on your skin. However, everyone’s skin is different, and you may have a sensitivity to a specific ingredient that can cause it to irritate your skin.
The best way to determine whether a new skin treatment will cause any side effects for you is by performing a simple at-home patch test. A patch test involves putting a small amount of a new product like anti-aging wrinkle cream on your skin and waiting for 24 hours. If no redness, rash, irritation, or other uncomfortable side effects have showed up after a full 24 hours, you can rest assured that your skin responds well to the ingredients you are using!
When Should I Use Anti-Wrinkle Cream?
As a heavier product, anti-wrinkle cream is best used towards the end of your morning and evening skincare routines. Any cream, lotion, gel, or sunscreen is always best saved to be applied last, after you have applied lighter products to cleanse, tone, exfoliate, and serum.
Anti-wrinkle cream works best when it is applied to clean skin. To make sure your skin is as prepared as possible to receive the beneficial ingredients in your anti-wrinkle cream, start your beauty routine with a gentle cleanser.
Cleanser prepares your skin by gently washing away dirt, excess oil, and any leftover makeup. Any of these particles have the potential to clog your pores and reduce the effectiveness of your beauty routine. Cleansing can help to get rid of them before you apply other products like anti-wrinkle cream.
When you use anti-wrinkle cream in the morning, it’s always smart to follow it with a generous amount of sunscreen. Sun damage can worsen the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging, and your skin will look and feel better when it is protected from the sun! Sunscreen should be the last product you apply in the morning. Stick with a mineral-based sunscreen that is free from harmful chemicals to take the best possible care of your skin.
Using goPure anti-wrinkle moisturizer in the morning and evening can have a major positive impact on your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and keeping your skin refreshed, smooth, and youthful-looking. When you want to give your skin the purest, highest-quality ingredients, goPure has you covered.
Our anti-wrinkle creams are made with the purest forms of retinol, vitamin C, and other highly beneficial ingredients. All of our products are cruelty-free and made in the USA, so you can feel great about each product you add to your beauty routine!