Wrinkles are an inevitable consequence of aging and make us look older. The formation of wrinkles happens in the second layer of the skin, the dermis, which mainly contains proteins called collagen and elastin. Both of these proteins give the skin its firmness and elasticity. As we age, the cell repair mechanism slows down and the network of elastin and collagen begins to break down. This initially creates fine lines and eventually deep folds.

On this page you will find the following information about wrinkles:

  • What are wrinkles
  • Causes of wrinkles
  • How can you prevent wrinkles?
  • How to care for skin with fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tips if you have wrinkles
  • Skin care tips against premature skin aging
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Written by Dr. Francis Wu dermatologist

Published 14 August 2022

Edited 28 September 2022

Dr. Francis Wu on wrinkles

Below explains Dr. Francis Wu briefly explains the complaints, causes and solutions

Tips when you have wrinkles

Below you will find tips from Dr. Francis Wu

Tip: make sure your skin is 'more acidic'

Research has shown that the ‘ideal’ acidity for the skin is pH 4.7. pH Is the measure of the acidity of an aqueous solution. pH neutral has a value of 7. For example, lemon (acid) has a pH value of 2 and liquid soap (alkaline) has a pH value of 10.

A Korean study investigated the influence of pH and wrinkle depth in 300 volunteer women from Korea, Singapore and Vietnam. It was concluded that factors such as hydration, melanin (pigment), transepidermal water loss (TEWL), sebum and skin temperature influence the pH value. Wrinkle formation decreased significantly as skin pH became more acidic.

Tip: Bakuchiol, vitamin A alternative

If you have sensitive skin and want to use something different, Bakuchiol is an option. Bakuchiol is a component found in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. This oil extract comes from the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant. It has traditionally been used for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Research shows that Bakuchiol can combat skin aging. It is a good alternative to vitamin A acid. Although Bakuchiol and vitamin A have no similarity in chemical structure, both components stimulate the same gene expression: they activate collagen stimulation and can counteract the formation of pigment spots.

Tip: UV protection

There are two different ultraviolet radiation (UV) that reach the Earth’s surface. Those are UVA and UVB rays.

UVA rays are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year, and can penetrate clouds and glass. These UVA rays make up the largest part of the ultraviolet radiation, so more than UVB.

UVA rays are not felt on the skin. These rays cause free radical formation in the dermis, which destroys your collagen and elastic fibers.

3 x UV(A) – Asymptomatic (doesn’t feel it), Always present, Aging of the skin

UVB rays

UVB penetrates into the superficial epidermis and is responsible for our vitamin D production. So for a slow and longer lasting tan. Too much UVB causes redness, sunburn and eventually also skin aging and skin cancer. Unlike UVA, UVB does not penetrate glass. UVB radiation can be up to 1000x stronger than UVA rays.

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Tip: Avoid highly concentrated cosmetic ingredients?

Highly concentrated cosmetic ingredients such as vitamins A and C can be more irritating to people with sensitive skin, people using the product for the first time and Asians. The resulting skin irritation can lead to unwanted redness, burning, eczema and pigment spots.

Your skin has a barrier function and works like a funnel. The reduction of wrinkles does not go faster by adding more and more highly concentrated ingredients.

Extra tip: look for airless closed dispensers instead of open cream jars or pipette serum bottles. The antioxidants in these open containers react with oxygen. As a result, the effect is gone faster.

Tip: skin care ingredients

Over the years, people have searched for the secret of eternal youth, but a perfect elixir has not yet been developed. However, technology has made significant progress in skin-improving products.

On the one hand, there is a group of antioxidants consisting of vitamins such as C, E, Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Coenzyme Q10, green tea extract, polyphenols, flavonoids. This group reduces collagen degradation by attacking ROS (free radicals).

What are free radicals: They are unstable molecules that can cause damage to our skin cells through oxidative stress, especially when we are exposed to UV radiation. This damage can lead to aging, wrinkles and pigmentation problems. Fortunately, antioxidants, such as vitamins, help neutralize free radicals and keep our skin healthy.

Another type of ingredients are cell regulators, such as vitamin A (retinol, tretinoid), peptides and growth factors. They play an important role in influencing the functioning of cells in our skin. These substances work deep in the skin layers and stimulate the production of collagen, which helps to keep the skin firm and youthful. However, this process of collagen stimulation is slow and takes time to have an effect on the skin.

Tretinoin stimulates skin cell renewal by accelerating exfoliation and also stimulates young collagen. It takes at least 6 months for a good collagen build-up. The disadvantage is that it irritates the skin at high concentrations of tretinoin, often resulting in redness and burning. An alternative is Bakuchiol, which has the same effect as retinol, without the skin irritation.

Tretinoin is also not suitable for pregnant women.

Tips against premature skin aging

To prevent premature skin aging and keep the skin healthy, here are some comprehensive tips:

  1. Sun protection: Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily to protect not only against UV rays but also against blue light.

  2. Hydration: Keep your skin hydrated with quality moisturizers and drink plenty of water.

  3. Healthy diet: Eat foods rich in antioxidants and limit your intake of sugar and alcohol, which can contribute to skin aging.

  4. Mild skin care: Choose gentle, non-irritating skin care products that do not dry out the skin.

  5. Don’t smoke: Smoking accelerates skin aging by reducing blood flow.

These measures, combined with our Iconic Elements Anti-Aging Cream, which is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and ferulic acid, and our Firming Booster Serum (cell regulators) with bakuchiol, cyclopeptide-5 and white tea extract, provide a powerful defense against skin aging and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

  • All Iconic Elements products have the ideal pH 5 acidity – for good skin resistance and skin barrier.
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Frequently asked questions about premature skin aging

Vitamin A such as tretinoin or retinol stimulates skin cell renewal by accelerating scaling and also stimulates young collagen. The downside is that it can irritate the skin, causing redness, burning and pigmentation may result. Especially for people with sensitive / eczema skin, it is also not suitable for pregnant women. And it takes at least 6 months for a good collagen build-up.

The basis is daily cleaning your skin 2 x a day, use mineral sun protection filters such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The filters give the least skin reactions and protect the skin immediately after application.

Ingredients such as peptide, growth factors, bakuchiol, Coenzyme Q10, Astaxanthin or Niacinamide (vitamin B3) are suitable against premature skin aging for people with sensitive skin.

Smearing with collagen enriched cream is trending right now. The problem is that the molecular size of the collagen used (expressed in Dalton, molecular mass expressed in g/mol) is too large to penetrate the skin. Whether it works remains to be seen. Studies has shown that it does not. However, the added collagen can contribute to hydration of the skin.

Iconic Elements Anti-aging cream contains a vitamin C, E and a plant hormone ferulic acid. These 3 ingredients reinforce each other's effects. The anti-oxidant effect is enhanced up to 8 times, much more than if you only used vitamin C or E.

In addition, the product is in an airless dispenser, so contact with air is minimal. This keeps ingredients fresh and active longer.

Customers with sensitive skin or allergies to perfume have a good experience.

Our Anti-Aging cream provides powerful antioxidant protection, which is essential in the daily fight against skin damage caused by UV radiation, air pollution, and other environmental factors. These harmful free radicals accelerate the aging process, resulting in fine lines, pigment spots and dull skin. Our composition helps reduce these effects and contains no perfume, making it also suitable for sensitive skin types.

The Firming Booster Serum focuses on strengthening the skin's supporting structures. It combines bakuchiol, white tea and a natural peptide, which work together to firm the skin.

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