Complements Wrinkle Care/Prevention


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Whether you are in your 20s and just beginning to think about wrinkle prevention, in your 30s and seeing the first signs of wrinkles, or in your 50s and wondering how to reverse time, finding out how to do so is a question I get asked frequently.

As we grow older, skin loses its elasticity and tightness. Fortunately, there are ways we can help prevent and limit wrinkles. Here is my advice:

Avoid the sun. Sun damage leads to wrinkles, so try to stay out of the sun. If you are going to be in the sun, wear sunscreen.

Stop smoking. Smoking interferes with the production of collagen and collagen paves the way for wrinkles.

Drink lots of water. Drinking water is an important part of maintaining your health, but as you get older, your body loses its ability to retain as much moisture. This can lead to dehydration, which will make your wrinkles more noticeable, so make sure you’re drinking water.

Get plenty of rest. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep gives our skin the chance to repair itself from the day.

Use a moisturizer. You should use a moisturizer day and night. Dry skin is less able to repair itself and generate new cells, which can cause the signs of aging to worsen. Hydrating your body both inside and out can improve the look of wrinkles.

Use a Retin A product. Retin A works by increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen, exfoliating and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles.

Use a Vitamin C topical cream. One of my ultimate favorite products along with Retin A., Vitamin C has so many benefits, including boosting healthy collagen production, which helps wrinkles.

And let’s not forget about the medical/spa treatments that can also help prevent and get rid of wrinkles.

  • Botox
  • Fillers
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion

While genes do play a role in the aging process, the actions you take control many of the processes speed and level of damage. We’re not going to avoid wrinkles, but we can take control. Luckily there are changes in our life we can make, products we can use, and procedures we can do! For more information, contact our office at 814.231.7878.