Most doctors dismiss the idea that moisturizers can prevent signs of aging– and I believed them. But now new research may change their minds– and mine. A new study just published in the prestigious British Journal of Dermatology suggests that untreated dry skin does indeed lead to lines and wrinkles. Even more interesting, the study found that consistant use of moisturizers clearly prevented the development of permanent wrinkling.
Here’s how it works: Wrinkles develop overtime due to repeated sun damage, hormonal changes and repeated useage from facial expressions. Every time we laugh, eat, shout, smile, talk or squint, we are straining the elastin and collagen fibers in the skin. As the good ( and bad) times go by, the skin gets quite a workout and temporary expressions become permanently etched in our faces. Not to worry! This new study suggests that regular useage of moisturizers ” plasticize” the skin. ( Their word, not mine) . This means that moisturizers, by keeping the skin soft, can help the skin resist mechanical damage. In short, moisturized skin resists permanent creases from temporary and repeated expressions.
So what’s our take away here? Very simply we should start using moisturizers early and continue using them faithfully. But its important to pick a product that meets your needs. If you skin tends to break out, use an oil-freee formulation. During the day, I’m a BIG fan of moisturizers with sunscreens. At night use a moisturizer alone or over a treatment product like Retin A. Turbo-powered anti-aging ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids, soy extract, or green tea will create a value-added moisturizer. But whatever moisturizer you choose, just use it regularly.