Educating Your Clients: Preventing Wrinkles
As your clients enter different stages of life, their skincare concerns change. With teenagers, acne will likely be a driving force in their treatment. But before you know it, your conversations with them will turn to wrinkles.
Wrinkles are one of the top concerns of people entering an esthetician’s office. We all want firm, young-looking skin. Aging is inevitable, but wrinkles don’t have to be.
If you understand how wrinkles form – and how to prevent them at any age – you will become an invaluable resource to your clients.
What Exactly Are Wrinkles?
We all know what wrinkles look and feel like, but what are they, exactly?
Often, wrinkles are the result of a breakdown of collagen. The body naturally produces collagen, which provides the foundation for tight, smooth skin.
Collagen fibers start out small. But when they break down, they are replaced by longer fibers. These long fibers are looser, creating folds on the skin. The folds and creases are what we know as “wrinkles.”
Although wrinkles can pop up at any time during a person’s life, fine lines and wrinkles are some of the first signs of aging skin. Collagen starts to break down more as we age. People also lose the ability to produce collagen as they age.
Factors That Encourage Wrinkles
Collagen doesn’t just break down on its own. It has some help from the following:
- Exposure to the sun
- Smoking cigarettes
- Laughing, squinting, or drinking out of a straw
- Stress and lack of sleep
- A high-sugar diet
The more we do or experience these things, the faster we get wrinkles.
How to Prevent Wrinkles
We can’t stop aging, but we can take some steps to aid in the body’s collagen production and reduce other factors that cause wrinkles.
Tell your clients to take mindful steps, such as lowering the amount of sugar in their diet and cutting back on cigarettes. Getting rid of stress and increasing sleep will not only prevent wrinkles; this will have a huge impact on their overall physical and mental health!
Eating a diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids can also support a youthful appearance. This means choosing more fruits and vegetables, eating less junk food, and also using a nutritional supplement.
When it comes to their skincare routine, remind them to moisturize and protect their skin from the sun. Wrinkles first appear under the eyes and around the mouth. The area under the eyes does not produce oil naturally, unlike the rest of the skin on our face. They can take extra precautions by intentionally moisturizing this area.
Also, remind them that you can help them to choose skincare products that target dehydrated areas and prevent the formation of wrinkles.