Why does your skin seem to get worse in winter? Winter wrinkles are a reality as the dry climate and sudden cold cause more wrinkles to appear almost overnight, no matter your age group. And then unchecked sun damage just increases your chances of developing more wrinkles in winter.
WHAT CAUSES WINTER WRINKLES
The damage is two-fold. Firstly, the dry and cold conditions in winter sap moisture from your skin, often due to a damaged skin barrier. And then we often forget that the rate of UV damage your skin faces in winter is just as high as summer. But, since too many of us forego the sun protection in winter, the damage to your skin is just amplified, leading to winter wrinkles.
DRY CLIMATE AND WINTER WRINKLES
Winter can be hard on our skins. The drop in humidity in the colder months means the air is more likely to sap moisture for your skin. While the cold tends to slow your blood circulation and the rate at which your skin produces the natural oils that make up your skin barrier.
It’s a recipe for dry skin disaster. Made worse by aircons and heaters drying out the air even more. As well as hot baths, showers and harsh soaps that strip away the oils that make up your skin barrier. Dry skin is very prone to forming fine lines and wrinkles.
HOW WINTER SUN DAMAGE CAUSES WRINKLES
Perhaps the biggest reason winter sun damage is so devastating is that we neglect sun protection in winter. But there’s so much proof that you need to keep protecting ourselves from UV damage, even when it’s cold.
Measurements of atmospheric radiation show that, while the clouds tend to block some UV rays, UVA levels stay the same in winter. UVA is known for causing the long-term effects on the skin like wrinkles that we associate with ageing, including DNA damage. We’ve even seen that UVA passes through glass, putting you at risk while indoors and driving too.
That’s why, when it comes to preventing wrinkles, it’s important to invest in 365 sun protection.
AVOID WINTER WRINKLES WITH HELASE 50+
When it comes to preventing winter wrinkles, you want to think broader than just a wrinkle cream. You want advanced sun protection. How advanced? Well, we recommend something that surpasses even SPF, SPF is not enough.
Did you know that SPF 50 sunscreen is only 53% effective against reducing UVinduced radicals? It only blocks the UVA and UVB in the spectrum of sunlight. But there’s so much more to UV: visible light, infrared, trace amounts of UVC. And all of them contribute to winter wrinkles and ageing.
That’s why Lamelle developed advanced Helase 50+.
ULTIMATE YEAR-ROUND SKIN STRATEGY: MAKE IT YOUR #HELASEHABIT
Helase 50+ not only contains the basic SPF and antioxidants to ward off UVA and UVB. It also contains ingredients that block collagen-killing MMPS and stem oxidative stress. Then, there are compounds that boost your body’s ability to heal DNA damage. And revolutionary photolyase, which can help repair the type of DNA damage (dimer) your body struggles to fix.
Helase 50+ really is the most comprehensive year-round sun protection strategy – with the added of helping you avoid winter wrinkles.
BONUS: SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED WRINKLE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Can wrinkles appear overnight?
Overnight is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration. But a 2012 study by Kuwazuru et al. showed that there is a point where wrinkles suddenly form a lot faster. Researchers were surprised to learn just how quickly a surface wrinkle can become a deep furrow in the deeper layers of skin. Especially, a small wrinkle in your 20s that suddenly becomes a deep line in your 30s.
At what age do wrinkles start appearing?
Typically, wrinkles appear in your mid-20s and early 30s. But they can appear in your early 20s, too. And, as we saw with the scientific study referenced earlier, any surface wrinkles in your 20s have a good chance of becoming deep wrinkles once you hit 30.
Do wrinkles ever really go away?
Wrinkles are a natural part of ageing. So, with more advanced age, you will have some wrinkling. But we can stem the appearance of wrinkles as we age. Especially in the quest to prevent premature ageing – looking older than you are – we can dramatically reduce wrinkles by focusing on healthy skin and addressing the exact cause of the skin ageing.
Ask your skin therapist about building your year-round skin strategy around advanced Helase 50+.