What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles can be the result of any one, or combination of factors including loss of collagen, sun damage, smoking, alcohol consumption and also hormonal changes. Aging itself is a large contributing factor. Collagen can decrease at a rate of 1% per year after the age of 40. Sun exposure accelerates the aging process and loss of collagen by damaging the collagen fibers so they no longer support the upper layers of the skin, resulting in the formation of wrinkles.
Since we have talked about sun damage in previous articles and newsletters, we will focus this week on collagen. What exactly is collagen? The short answer is a fibrous protein found in skin, bone, cartilage, tendon, and other connective tissues. Collagen is a connective tissue and is the cement that holds everything together.
First, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen , a key structural protein of the skin. Please keep in mind that taking large amounts of vitamin C orally is of little benefit for reducing wrinkles because you cannot orally obtain high enough concentration of vitamin C in the skin to notably increase collagen production.
Our Make-up and Skin Care consultant, Katrina VanDoran, answers makeup and skincare questions sent in by readers just like you.
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