by Matuschka Lindo
WRINKLES, also known as a rhytides, are folds, ridges or creases in the skin. I am sorry but I don't have many of these. Just not one of the major problems for women with color. Don't worry we have plenty of other problems. Wrinkles just aren't one of them. But since I have a slew of readers who complain that I have not written about wrinkles. I say ask and you shall receive! The main reason black skin does not wrinkle as fast is because of what gives us our color Melanin. It protects our skin. The lighter you are the more likely you will wrinkle. Doctors say Melanin also acts as a sunscreen and protects the skin from ultraviolet light. But hey, we have really dry skin does that make you feel better? Probably not because it doesn't make us look older, just ashy. Okay, let's talk wrinkles my Fair Ladies. The main way to figure out how bad you will wrinkle is to look at your family tree. According to studies a lot of it starts with genetics so that's the first part. But yes, habits and behaviors increase the risk of wrinkles. Click HERE to read more about how UV Rays, Smoking, Facial Expressions, Dieting, and the way you Sleep contribute to those lines on your face.
Probably nothing surprising in the article above. Those are all pretty well known causes for wrinkles. My thoughts, the real way to deal with wrinkles is to try to embrace them. I know, I know, easy for me to say... I am trying to be compassionate. Maybe that's not what you want to hear yet. I'll try another route. I mean, you aren't going to get rid of them all together. You can prevent some from coming, and you can try to reduce what you have, that's the bottom line. Pretty doubtful there is a miracle cream that provides "real results". If there were I would not be writing this blog ladies. You can walk into any drugstore and there is nothing but empty promises everywhere to get rid of wrinkles. It really just comes down to taking care of yourself and treating your skin with lots of TLC. I loved this WebMD feature article on 23 ways to reduce wrinkles - starting now!
I will tell you a secret though, black women are not the only ones that do not wrinkle. The culture of eating lots of tofu, soy and rice have many Japanese women sporting beautiful wrinkle free porcelain skin. According to MORE magazine they one up everyone by also living longer than women of other cultures. After reading the article you will realize you don't have to live in Japan to age beautifully and wrinkle free. You just have to do what the article says... steal some of their diet, lifestyle and skin care strategies. In closing, I am of the belief that you don't have to be wrinkle free to be beautiful. Coming from the woman who may not have many wrinkles, let me tell you what I see when I look at some of the amazing women I know that have a few wrinkles. I see beautiful laugh lines when we laugh together. I also see the history of their expressions that I have learned to love. Take them away and I would miss the lines of your distinct life experiences etched in your unique features that make you the beautiful women you are. Before you invest thousands of dollars in getting rid of the wrinkles, maybe look in the mirror one more time and see if you can see the beauty that I see... The beauty that shares lines from many generations of all the women you love in your family. My advice, embrace it and love it!
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