How Skin Tone Triggers Fine Lines

Skin tone undoubtedly impacts the appearance of eye wrinkles. In fact, your skin color controls your ability to resist sun damage and recover from irritation or inflammation. It also dictates the type of treatments used to effectively eliminate or reduce wrinkles.

Fair skin. Fair-skinned people are far more susceptible to skin damage, fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun exposure. While cosmetic procedures such as a face-lift can dramatically improve the skin’s firmness, it can’t improve the skin’s texture. All a facelift will do is pull lines and wrinkles into a new position.

By contrast, antioxidant therapy can help improve the actual health of the skin as well as slow the development of fine lines. A good antitoxidant therapy includes high potency products such as alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and vitamin-C-ester. Topical vitamin-C-ester, an antioxidant, can help increase the skin’s production of collagen, thereby helping to thicken the skin.


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Brown Skin. Brown skinned people are less likely to sustain sun damage and more likely to remain smooth and wrinkle-free longer. Some evidence suggests that brown skin is more elastic and tends to stay firmer longer. Brown skin best tolerates treatment with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), a group of natural acids derived from fruit, milk and other natural substances that work as a gentle exfoliant. Equally important to note is that surgical procedures on brown skin may cause uneven pigmentation. Products such as Retin-A (an acidic form of vitamin A) and Renova (which contains the Retin-A molecule but in a very mild base) that work well to fade lines and wrinkles on fair skin, can discolor brown skin if not used in the right strength.

Light Brown or Yellow Skin. In the middle of the color spectrum lies light brown or yellow skin. These skin tones are more resistant to sun damage than fair skin and are susceptible to fewer wrinkles.

A regimen of alpha lipoic acid cream containing DMAE with 15% vitamin-C-ester can reduce wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes for medium-skinned people. Adhering to a healthy diet that hydrates the skin is helpful in avoiding problems with sallow skin tone. Specificallly, drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day and eating plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are important for healthy skin.

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