Draw Battle Lines Against Fine Lines

May 9, 2020
Early prevention of the development of fine lines will keep your complexion radiant, youthful, and glowing.  Here, we will share our recommendations for fine line control at any age.
There is a seemingly endless supply of conventional wisdom, professional opinions, treatments, and tools available to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Recent research conducted by Pew Research Center notes that the number of Millennials (age 23-38 years) has overtaken Baby Boomers (age 55-73 years) and that much of their expendable income is used for health, fashion, and hygiene/beauty products. According to findings by Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine, international annual spending on anti-aging products will top nearly 13 billion dollars by 2027. Together, these findings suggest that skincare will continue to be an important area of marketing focus in years to come and that an even wider array of products will be developed to span the lifetime of your skin. Though there are many "one-size-fits-all" skincare techniques and tips to manage fine lines, as skin ages, it will have different needs. Beginning in your 20s, the habits you form with your skincare regime will likely dictate what your skin will look like in your 40s, 50s, and beyond. 
Battle Basics- Advice for All Ages 
Several things can be done at any age to counteract the effects of aging:
  • Make sunscreen routine- Daily application of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will prevent damage that results in the development of fine lines. 
  • Drink up!- Staying hydrated ensures moisture is not being drawn from your hair and skin, resulting in a lower likelihood of developing fine lines. This, however, should be done in combination with the daily use of moisturizers, hydrating your skin inside and out.  
  • Butt out!- According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking cigarettes narrows blood vessels in the face, resulting in decreased blood flow and nutrients to the skin, leading to sagging and fine lines. 
  • Get moving!- Regular exercise increases blood flow to the skin, which includes the small vessels in the face. This will aid your circulation in removing cellular debris, encourage sweat glands to clear, and reduce stress, all of which will show in brighter, healthier skin that is less likely to show fine lines. 
  • Get fats!- Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, like those in fish, avocados, olive oil, and some nuts, have a role in maintaining good circulation, which can be seen in your face. 
  • Go to bed!- Giving your body adequate time to relax and regenerate tissues is crucial to keeping fine lines at bay.
Beauty Boot Camp- Fighting Fine Lines in Your 20s
For the most part, your skin will be at its best in your 20s. This is the time to adopt the healthy habits discussed above and add them to your daily routine. Other considerations include removing your makeup before bed each night and using products with retinol/retinoid components to encourage the production of collagen, which is essential for fine line prevention.
Stockpile Your Weapons- Fighting Fine Lines in Your 30s
One of the most common changes to happen in the skin in the 30s is a change in moisture. Dry, dull skin can accentuate fine lines that may already be present, and weak spots in the skin may be sites for new ones to develop. If you have yet to create a daily routine for yourself, at the bare minimum, it should involve a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, which is instrumental in sealing in moisture. Some dermatologists also recommend using serums rich in Vitamin C, which neutralizes the free radicals believed to contribute to uneven skin tone and fine lines. 
March into Middle Age- Fighting Fine Lines in Your 40s
Your skin may become a bit unpredictable in your 40s. In addition to dryness, hormonal shifts may make you feel like you’re 40 going on 14, as acne can develop. Additionally, as collagen production slows, you may find your skin feels thinner and may begin to sag, making fine lines more visible. A regimen like that mentioned above will help slow the process. Skin treatments involving retinoids should be used in combination with a minimum SPF of 50, as both thinner skin and an increased risk for sun sensitivity may result in sunburn.
Stay the Course- Fighting Fine Lines in Your 50s and Beyond.
Fine lines in your 50s, 60s, and 70s are part of the natural progression of aging. Not everyone, however, feels comfortable with this and may seek out alternative solutions for the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including chemical peels, Botox, fillers, and thermal treatments to tighten skin and enhance the production of collagen. You may find that your skin is now more sensitive, and does not tolerate harsh scrubs and drying toners as it used to. Mild exfoliation and using cleaners with alpha-hydroxy acids can help regenerate healthier-looking skin. Care must be taken to prevent over-drying, however; as the skin continues to age, it becomes increasingly intolerant to excessive abrasion and cleansing, and cream-based cleansers are more beneficial to skin health.
The most important thing to remember at any age is that it is never too late to begin a skincare regimen. You may not be able to undo the damage that is already done, but with time, patience, and discipline, you can arm yourself with what you’ll need to send your fine lines into retreat. 
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