Almost every Baby Boomer, it seems, is looking for that ever-elusive fountain of youth. Aging gracefully is a hobby for many in the baby boomer generation, and preventing the appearance of aging symptoms—specifically wrinkles—is a high priority. Anti wrinkle creams have popped up everywhere, promising to help you look and feel younger than your stated age, while also helping to possibly slow down the natural aging process. Most Boomers already know it is unfortunately not possible to completely stop the aging process or reverse it entirely, they might not know that there are plenty of products on the market that can help slow down the process and even help your skin look healthier—which will at the same time make it appear younger.
The #1 Question Baby Boomers Have Is What Causes Wrinkles?
Simply stated wrinkles are one of the most obvious signs of adult aging, and tend to be caused by various types of skin damage. Wrinkles occur as a result of exposure to the sun, smoking, poor skin care routines, free radicals, family genetics and many other factors.
It may be impossible to completely prevent the development of wrinkles in most cases, but usually their appearance can be minimized or reduced with the proper treatment. Sun damage is by far the most common cause of the wrinkles on Baby Boomer faces, and science has shown that this can be somewhat preventable. Exposure to UV rays in the environment is another cause—which can easily happen even on cloudy days—and will cause collagen and elastin to break down, resulting in looser skin and wrinkles.
So What Ingredients Should Boomers Look For?
It does not take a boomer long to realize that the isles in the store are overwhelming with creams, lotions, potions and cure alls. Within just a few minutes you are plagued with marketing at its finest starting with “all natural”.
When searching for that perfect anti wrinkle cream, it is important to understand what ingredients are known to be the most effective and have the best results for minimizing wrinkles, so that your home skin care routine can help make your skin appear healthier and younger. Different ingredients in the products have different purposes, so choosing your anti wrinkle cream carefully is important for best results.
Antioxidants, like Vitamin C and E, as well as alpha lipoic acid, are commonly found in anti wrinkle creams. These ingredients have been found to help prevent damage from free radicals and will help minimize wrinkles. Free radicals develop as a result of exposure to the UV rays of the sun, as well as toxic exposures, smoking and also poor nutrition. Many baby boomers fall into one of those categories.
Alpha hydroxy acids help to exfoliate the skin, removing the top layer of dead skin cells and allowing the fresh new, younger skin underneath to be revealed. This gives your skin a healthier glow and will often reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One thing for the baby boomer to note though is any time you use alpha hydroxy acids, your skin will become more sensitive, so make sure you apply a good sunscreen moisturizer liberally to prevent any further sun damage from that sensitivity.
Retinol and Vitamin A have been shown to help the skin retain its elasticity and also help prevent wrinkles. Products with these ingredients are generally only recommended while under the care of a dermatologist, as they may not always be safe if not used properly. Related ingredients, like tretinoin, has been approved by the FDA for use in moisturizers and anti wrinkle creams and are considered to be very effective as well.
Collagen and elastin are two parts of a baby boomers skin and connective tissue that decreases as we begin to age. While these are compounds that are difficult for the skin to absorb, using anti wrinkle creams with these ingredients or derivatives of them may help to slow the aging process by stimulating the body to produce more.
Natural Anti Wrinkle Products for Baby Boomers
When you begin evaluating anti wrinkle creams, you will find many natural products, or products claiming to contain mostly natural ingredients on the store shelves. Tea extracts, grapefruit extracts, oatmeal and other ingredients are thought to help skin look younger and fresher, while at the same time minimizing the effects of aging. Many of these ingredients are thought to decrease inflammation, promote healing, increase hydration and help to exfoliate, which will help your baby boomer skin look younger.
Additionally there are many other anti wrinkle cream ingredients, both chemical and homeopathic, that are thought to help reduce the signs of aging by minimizing visible wrinkles as well as fine lines. However, the best way to avoid or minimize wrinkles in the first place is always to take care of your skin before the wrinkles appear, by using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, moisturizing your boomer skin each day, avoiding skin damage from exposure to UV rays, not smoking and staying well hydrated during the day.
Anti wrinkle creams can only do so much repairing, once the damage is done. Science has shown the baby boomer that wrinkles do not generally begin to show up until many years after the damage has been done, so protecting your skin when you are young, far before you have any concern about minimizing wrinkles, will lessen your need for anti wrinkle creams later on.
Learning how to protect your baby boomer skin is of vital importance to your physical as well as mental well being. When you look good you will feel good and that is a lesson all baby boomers need to pass with an A+ grade. Anti wrinkle creams only go so far and you, baby boomer, have to do the rest.
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