Wrinkles – those fine lines become many people’s worst enemy. While wrinkles are a normal part of aging, no one wants their face to give away their age with a complexion that is less clear, smooth and radiant.
Luckily, there is a way to turn back the hands of time on the skin: vitamin A.
What causes Wrinkles?
Over time, your skin naturally loses elasticity. This loss of elasticity is due to your body not producing the natural oils it needs to help skin remain moisturized and therefore crease-free. Fat loss in the face is another reason why age causes wrinkles. With your skin not being able to bounce back due to the loss of elasticity, your skin sags, causing wrinkles.
You’ve heard it a million times but ultraviolent light really does increase your chances of developing fine lines and wrinkles. Sun exposure speeds up the aging process of the skin because the damaging UV light damages connective tissue on the face. As the connective tissue breaks down, you lose collagen, which is what normally keeps your skin tight and smooth.
This addiction isn’t only harmful to your lungs, it also makes you age faster. While it’s not known why smoking causes this effect, many believe it has to do with changes in your blood supply.
You might want to reach for your sunglasses instead of squinting the next time you are outdoors. Squinting as well as other facial expressions can lead to fine lines in areas like the forehead or around the eyes. Look in the mirror and notice what happens when you squint or smile. Those lines that come up on your face could become permanent as you age, going back to that loss of elasticity.
Vitamin A Treatment for Wrinkles
The effects of vitamin A on the skin have been tested extensively by researchers. Dr. Oz praised vitamin A for its anti-aging effects on his March 7 show. The prescription medication Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful, yet controversial treatment derived from vitamin A for nodular acne. Another popular vitamin A derivative treatment in retinol.
Retinol is a skin cream many people use to prevent or reduce the early visible signs of aging. Retinol includes vitamin A as well as antioxidants that reduce free radicals on the skin. Free radicals develop when the skin comes in contact with harmful environmental factors, breaking down healthy cells, which can lead to wrinkles. By using retinol, free radicals cannot thrive, which boosts healthy cell development and reduces wrinkles.
A team of scientists applied a lotion containing .04 percent retinol three times a day, on the left upper inner arms of participants. After 24 weeks, the participants noticed less roughness and severity in their wrinkles. When the researchers took a biopsy of the arms treated with Retinol, results showed there was an increased amount of glycosaminoglycan and procollagen, which are both important in skin elasticity.
Retinol has the highest concentration of vitamin A you can purchase over the counter. Those looking for intensive wrinkle treatment through vitamin A should speak to their doctor about the prescription vitamin A treatment Tretinoin, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as safe wrinkle treatment.
The use of vitamin A products should be avoided if you think you could become pregnant or are pregnant. These products have been known to cause birth defects. Speak to your doctor before starting any new treatment for wrinkles.
Laser Resurfacing: There are two ways to resurface your skin with a laser. Ablative laser takes off layers of the skin to rid it of wrinkles. Non-Ablative resurfacing simply stimulates collagen growth. While Ablative resurfacing seems invasive, it’s the most effective.
Botox is a medication injected into the skin that relaxes the muscles. The medication is a bacteria called OnabotulinumtoxinA that causes botulism. While it can be effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, results are not permanent. The injections need to be done regularly every few months.
If these two treatments seem to be too invasive for you, vitamin A could be the perfect treatment for your aging skin. It’s the least invasive and is effective at reducing the aging process of the skin.