Experts agree the key is sun protection. The sun contributes to 90 per cent of the vcisible ageing in the skin. The way the sun forms a wrinkle is it breaks down the support structures, known as collagen or elastin in the endoderm. As the fibres break down, we lose support – the skin becomes more easily creasable.
It is believed laser therapy is the most effective way to treat skin ageing, followed by botox and anti-ageing creams.
But to avoid wrinkles, lines, saggy skin and pigmentation occurring in the first place, stay out of the sun as much as possible. It’s important when you are in the sun, to wear a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with a high SPF (protection factor).
For skin maintenance and prevention, experts also recommend using a skin cream with fruit acids or salicylic acid, eat a balanced diet; avoid sudden weight gain or loss; and don’t smoke.
Did you know?
The left side of the face is the most likely to be wrinkled. People who drive cars have the left side of their faces exposed to the sun more often, causing more damage to the skin on that side. (or depending which side of the road you normally drive to).
Always apply sunscreen to your face, hands and arms whenever you hop the car.