As with most things in life, aging has pros and cons. Years of experience usually mean we know ourselves better. Unfortunately, aging also means we have more wrinkles. Wrinkles are a natural part of getting older, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take action to limit them.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are lines and creases on your skin. They are most likely to form on the portions of your skin exposed to the sun, such as your face, neck, hands, and forearms.
Aging is the primary cause of wrinkles, but UV radiation, smoking, pollution, facial expressions, family history, and even your sleep position play roles.
How to Prevent Wrinkles
Whether you’re 20 or 60, there are things you can do to protect your skin and prevent wrinkles. Most importantly, protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen with an SPF between 30 and 50 daily. For additional protection, don a wide-brimmed hat.
Using retinoids can increase collagen production and decrease the likelihood of developing wrinkles. Because our skin becomes drier as we age, it is also important to use moisturizer and drink plenty of water, as some studies show that water can affect skin physiology.
Proper nutrition is beneficial to skin health. Salmon, broccoli, and dark chocolate are instrumental in wrinkle prevention. Sleeping on your side or stomach causes pressure on your face, so when at all possible, sleep on your back.
Lastly, don’t smoke!
Wrinkle Reduction Solutions
Wrinkle reduction treatments include topical medications, procedures, and injections.
Topical Wrinkle Treatments
- Retinoids – Retinoids encourage your skin to produce more collagen, which softens wrinkles and fine lines. They also stimulate blood vessels to brighten your skin.
- Alpha hydroxy acids – This topical medication exfoliates the top layer of your skin to minimize dullness. It can also improve your skin’s ability to maintain moisture, which makes it smoother and firmer.
- Antioxidants – Antioxidants reduce DNA damage from UV light and improve collagen production and elasticity for a youthful appearance.
- Moisturizers – Moisturizers help restore the integrity of your outermost skin layer, act as a barrier to water loss, and replace skin lipids, which improves skin elasticity. They also create a smoother, softer appearance.
Procedures and Injections
- Glycolic acid peels – Glycolic acid peels exfoliate your skin’s surface layer, which smooths wrinkles and stimulates collagen production.
- Deeper peels – Deeper peels treat deeper or coarser wrinkles by breaking up surface keratin and other proteins in the dermis and outer dermis.
- Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion – Dermabrasion “sands” your skin to create smoother skin.
- Laser resurfacing – Laser resurfacing removes the top layer of your skin and heats the layers underneath to promote collagen production.
- Botox injections – Botox treats dynamic wrinkles by blocking nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. When muscles relax, it reduces the appearance of unwanted wrinkles.
- Photodynamic rejuvenation – This treatment uses a topical solution with a light source to encourage the development of healthy, new skin and reduce wrinkles.
- Plastic surgery – A facelift, the most invasive wrinkle reduction treatment, tightens and lifts skin tissues.
A physician or experienced skin aesthetician can help you decide which wrinkle treatment is best suited for your concerns.
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