In order to get rid of wrinkles, women and now even men are willing to pay astronomical prices for expensive creams and plastic surgeries, fattening the cosmetic and plastic surgery industries. Wrinkles are a reminder of our age and can seriously mar our physical appearances. For some, fine lines start appearing even before they hit 40 years of age, and that can be worrying, especially for women. Let’s face it, everyone wants to look young forever, retain the supple and tender skin of our youth, and maintain the glow on our skin. The very least we want is to delay the appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles on the contrary destroy all that!
If we want to get rid of wrinkles, we need to understand what the causes are first.
Aging is the number one cause of wrinkles. As we age, our skin starts losing elasticity, becomes poor in moisture retention and ineffective in skin repair. All these contribute to the development of depressions and sagging in our skin surface. These give us wrinkles.
Muscle Use and Contractions
Each time we smile, frown or make any facial expression, we are stretching our skin and causing it to lose elasticity over time. Frown lines, line that show up between the eyebrows and crows feet that appear on the corners of our eyes develop as a result of permanent muscle contraction.
Gravity has its natural effect on skin sagging because of the weight of our skin resulting in drooping eyelids and jowls.
Exposure to Sunlight and Free Radicals
Excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to photoaging ie premature aging of our skin. Sunlight damage our collagen fibers and lead to excessive amounts and abnormality in elastin. When our skin suffers damage, an enzyme called metalloproteinase is formed to repair the damaged tissue. Healthy collagen fibers are damaged accidentally in the process. The whole skin repair process repeats itself over time and results in wrinkle development. Free radicals are basically oxygen molecules that can activate the formation of metalloproteinase. Air pollution and sunlight exposure makes one vulnerable to free radicals. Ozone, an air pollutant depletes the vitamin E, an antioxidant in our skin.
It has been reported in medical researches that smoking lead to high levels of metalloproteinase, slows down and prevents regeneration of new collagen to replace old damaged ones. This in turn affects skin regeneration and results in the occurrence of wrinkles.
A drop in estrogen levels in our body leads to decrease in collagens. This affects skin repair and regeneration, increasing the likelihood of wrinkles appearing on our skin.
Wrinkle Treatments Available
1. Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications and Creams
OTC creams containing tretinoin (vitamin A acid) or alpha hydroxy acids are normally used to improve our skin complexion and get rid of wrinkles. Alpha hydroxy acids are common ingredients found in skin care products such as toners, moisturizers and facial masks. Some moisturizers are meant to reduce the prominence of the wrinkles, ie hide them rather than to treat them.
2. Cosmetic Procedures
a. Chemical peels
Chemical peels can be performed on three different levels. The simplest being surface or superficial peel, the second being medium peel and lastly, deep peel. As each name suggests, the level is characterized by how deep the peeling takes place. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are extensively used.
Dermabrasion is a procedure to scrape away old skin layers using electrical instrument. The purpose of such a procedure is to give the skin a new and smoother surface. The success of such a procedure depends on the skills of the surgeon. Potential pitfalls include permanent scarring and skin discoloration.
c. Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing makes use of carbon dioxide laser to remove wrinkled or damaged skin tissues. This procedure can be done on localized facial areas. As with other laser surgeries, scarring and skin discoloration could take place as a repercussion.
d. Browlift or Facelift
Plastic surgery is performed for a browlift or facelift. Browlift is commonly performed to take care of wrinkles around the eyes, nose and forehead.
Facelifts are the most popular plastic surgeries among folks in the 40 – 60 age range. Facelifts as the name suggests, remove facial wrinkles, reduces sagging and gives patients a brand new radiant to their skin. It is not exaggerative for anyone to look at least 10 years younger after the facelift. That said, nothing can stop or reverse natural aging and the sagging and wrinkles would still appear after a few years.
e. Botox Injections
Botox, acronym for botulinum toxin is used to correct and get rid of wrinkles. It is now the top non-surgical medical procedure for wrinkle removal. What botox does is it paralyzes the facial muscles that are responsible for the frown lines and crows feet. This reduces the occurrence of these wrinkles.
3. Natural Remedies
a. Healthy and Balanced Diet
A balanced diet with right portions of vegetables and fruits especially advocados, helps to build up the levels of antioxidant in our bodies. Avoid junk and fatty foods. Prepare your food with olive oil, dark leafy greens and beets.
b. Sufficient Hydration
Hydrate your body by drinking more water. Water is a natural component that promotes healthy skin.
c. Exercise Regularly
It has been discovered that older folks who exercise regularly have healthier skin.
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