SkinPen® Can Be Used to Help Fight the Signs of Aging
The natural process of aging causes our body’s systems to slow down, including the process of skin renewal. Although many topicals exist to help against anti-aging, microneedling with SkinPen® serves as a healthy skin alternative that stimulates your skins specific needs. Microneedling is a procedure that awakens your skin. This “awakening” of your skin helps to diminish the signs of aging. The specially formulated Skinfuse® post-procedure kit delivers the right ingredients at the right time.
Signs of Aging
Wrinkles and fine lines
Wrinkles and fine lines can be attributed to both the natural aging process of the body over time (intrinsic) and environmental (extrinsic) factors such as smoking and sun exposure (2). Common wrinkle development includes:
Wrinkles that form across the forehead in long horizontal lines as well as the pair of lines that form from the bridge of the nose to the forehead (11 o’clock lines) are due to the repetitive contraction of the procerus and frontalis muscles from facial expressions such as squinting and frowning.
Wrinkles that form along the exterior of the eyes are more commonly known as crow’s feet. These wrinkles are formed from the contraction of the orbicularis oculi muscle due to blinking and smiling (3).
Marionette lines are wrinkles that form along the corners of the mouth downwards towards the chin, as seen on marionette dolls. Over time the ligaments around the mouth loosens and causes the skin to sag, creating the lines (3).
Nasolabial folds, also known as laugh or smile lines, form on the upper mouth and often create the distinction between the mouth and the cheek. Gravity causes the facial to drag and as time progresses, the decrease in laxity in the cheeks causes the lines to become prominent.
Wrinkling around the lips are most prominent along the upper lip. Many years of facial expressions such as pursing our lips leave wrinkles as the skin loses elasticity. Sun damage can also be attributed to the leading cause of lip wrinkles as many do not think to apply suns protection along their lips and mouth.
Neck & Décolleté
The skin along the neck and chest area are thinner and more delicate than facial skin and require as much skincare treatment. Wrinkles and depigmentation along the décolleté develop due to the lack of moisture and regular sun protection.
What Causes Skin to Age?
As you age your skin naturally becomes thinner, drier, and loses elasticity. The absence of oils causes the skin to become more wrinkled and the combination of gravity and loss of elasticity aids in making the wrinkles more prominent (4). Furthermore, aging can also be defined as the accumulation of damage over time (5). The skin is the organ that protects the human body from the environment and receives the most damage due to extrinsic factors such as:
Exposure to the sun: UV rays from the sun induce transcription factors that reduces collagen synthesis as well as degrade mature collagen, accelerating the skin aging process (3).
Smoking: Studies have shown smoking to induce collagen depressing enzymes as well as promote elastosis (degeneration of elastic tissue) that enhances the aging process (2).
Wrinkles are the natural signs of aging and although not entirely avoidable, may be delayed. The best methods in delaying wrinkles is protection from the sun as UV rays are the leading cause of premature aging.
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