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  • How to reduce wrinkles

    Ah, wrinkles. Everyone gets them, nobody really loves them, but what do we actually know about how they form? And how to get rid of them?

    Wrinkles, as we know, are creases, folds or ridges in the skin. Deeper than fine lines, we associate their appearance in our skin with ageing, but they can also appear in other circumstances – for example, after someone has lost a lot of weight or, temporarily, after spending a lot of time in water.

    But the ones that seem to concern us most are those that form as part of the natural ageing process. As we get older, our skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. Collagen and elastin fibres – the things that form the skin’s connective tissue and give it its firm, taught feeling – are broken down, meaning overall your skin is just not as tight as it used to be. This is often apparent on your face, but also your neck, arms, and other parts of the body.

    This is all completely natural – it happens to everyone, at different stages of their life. Though do remember that there are certain factors or elements that will cause wrinkles to appear earlier than you would like – that, in effect, speed up the ageing process.

    There are certain factors or elements that will cause wrinkles

    Sun exposure is a big one – most wrinkles tend to appear on the parts of the body that have received the most sun. Ultraviolet rays break down the collagen and elastin fibres in your skin, which, as we’ve already learned, support the skin and help retain its firmness. As they are broken down, the skin becomes weaker and wrinkles appear.

    Smoking reduces the flow of blood to the skin, restricting oxygen and accelerating dehydration, and dry skin is much more likely to wrinkle. This also applies to alcohol which dehydrates the skin, so excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to increased wrinkles.

    Repeated facial expressions, such as squinting or frowning, may also accelerate the appearance of wrinkles around the affected areas, such as the eyes, mouth and forehead. And other environmental factors – extreme temperatures, pollution, cigarette smoke, dirt and dust – all combine to assault your skin on a daily basis, breaking down its defenses and drying it out.

    So protection is key.

    Protect and nourish your skin and you’ll go a long way towards lessening the risk of premature ageing and wrinkles.  

    The first, and most obvious step, is a daily SPF cream to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays. Incorporate this into your daily skincare routine to ensure you are protected from the sun all day long. Pay attention to your diet and your water intake – keep your insides hydrated and ensure your diet is balanced and nutritious. The right balance of good fats and oils, proteins, and vitamins and minerals will keep your skin healthier and more radiant for longer. A few recommended superfoods for your skin are oatmeal, peppers, olive oil, sardines, green tea, dark chocolate, and a variety of nuts, seeds and berries.

    Combine water intake, a balanced diet and protection from the sun with fresh air, exercise, and regular sleep and you’ll be amazed how much better your skin will look and feel.

    Anti-ageing treatments are a huge and growing part of the aesthetic market

    As to what you can do from the outside, anti-ageing treatments are a huge and growing part of the aesthetic market. pHformula’s anti-ageing products have been designed based on sound scientific knowledge and research and a deep understanding of the importance of safe, effective and powerful solutions.


    pHformula’s anti-ageing products

    pHformula’s anti-ageing products also target the areas that are most prone to wrinkling and showing signs of ageing. E.Y.E recovery is a powerful but gentle design containing a unique peptide complex to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes while also reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. The N.E.C.K recovery formula is created with a tightening glycoprotein complex to lift, firm and smooth sagging and ageing skin of the neck. This dynamic product both improves skin elasticity and moisture levels, while restoring your skin’s delicate texture.


    And to complement pHformula’s innovative skin resurfacing treatment, the A.G.E active formula helps to stimulate cell growth and tackles signs of ageing such as pigment changes, a dull, sallow appearance, superficial and medium expression lines and, of course, wrinkles. Likewise, the A.G.E recovery formula has been specifically designed to work in synergism with pHformula’s skin resurfacing treatments to speed up skin recovery, maintain your skin’s health, and prevent any future damage. The inclusion of retinol stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin to bring that firmness and elasticity back to your skin, while other ingredients act as powerful anti-oxidants.  


    The A.G.E. 1,2,3 solutions are active and effective skin resurfacing solutions for the treatment of typical signs of ageing like photo-ageing, pigment changes, dull sallow appearance, superficial and medium expression lines.


    Wrinkles and other signs of ageing are a natural part of growing older. We can’t avoid them completely but we can take steps to ensure our skin remains radiant for as long as possible. Protect your skin, feed it, treat it well, and you’ll go a long way towards reducing wrinkles and warding off premature ageing.

    Contact your pHformula Skin Specialist for more information.

    Petru van Zyl
    Petru van Zyl
    Petru van Zyl is the founder of pHformula and one of South Africa's leading skincare therapists with over 18 years of experience to share. Petru is also a researcher and author of some of the most acknowledged and influential educational material used and applied in more than 28 countries today.