There is a radical new theory that preventing wrinkles could actually make you live longer. This post will go over what this theory is and how you can prevent wrinkles.
Ageing is inevitable
Ageing is an inevitable process and senescence is one of its most prominent contributing factors. Senescence is the biological process of cellular deterioration associated with the passage of time. It is when cells become less effective in performing their normal functions and may eventually die. Senescence can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and other visible signs of ageing.
The radical new theory
The theory centres on senescent cells and their toxic leakages, known as the SASP (senescence-associated secretory phenotype). These include inflammatory proteins, compounds that affect the immune system, and protein-destroying enzymes. It is already well-established that senescent cells in one tissue can damage healthy cells in another, says Cavadas, and that the SASP is a leading cause of inflammaging, the low-level chronic inflammation that creeps throughout our bodies as we age and is linked with health conditions.(1) There are ways to prevent this cascade of events using senolytic drugs and /or actively preventing and treating wrinkles.
What are senolytic drugs?
Senolytic drugs are a relatively new type of medication that can help reduce the effects of senescence. These drugs are designed to target and destroy senescent cells, which can help slow down the ageing process and reduce wrinkles. While the effects of senolytic drugs have yet to be fully explored, they have been shown to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin health. Some examples of these include metformin.
Aesthetic Treatments to Prevent Wrinkles
Aesthetic treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Botox treatments work by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscles in the face, which prevents muscles from contracting and thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Dermal filler replaces volume loss that can occur with ageing which will fill in the line or wrinkle. In addition, microneedling treatments and chemical peels can stimulate collagen production, resulting in tighter and firmer skin.
Skincare to Prevent Wrinkles
In addition to aesthetic treatments, there are numerous skincare products that can help prevent wrinkles. Sunscreen is essential to protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays, which can lead to premature ageing.Moisturisers can also help keep the skin hydrated and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Finally, using products with antioxidants, such as vitamin C and retinol, can help protect the skin from free radical damage which can cause wrinkles.
Overall, senescence is an important contributing factor to ageing. By using aesthetic treatments and skincare products that are designed to reduce wrinkles and increase collagen production, you can help slow down the effects of senescence and delay the ageing process. In addition, senolytic drugs are a promising new type of medication that can help target and destroy senescent cells, which can help reduce wrinkles and improve skin health.
1. New Scientist : The radical new theory that wrinkles actually cause ageing