Looking Youthful – Safely
We all think about aging. After all, we don’t exactly want to grow old before our time. A lot of people are willing to go to whatever lengths it will take – including scary surgical options. I am a big proponent of feeling good about YOU, but I also think there’s a lot of other safer options that don’t include a knife. Let’s check those out! –
Prevention is the Best Cure
Even if you’re already starting to fight a few fine lines and wrinkles, it’s never too late to fight the signs of aging by acting on them proactively. There are a lot of ways to reduce the premature aging of your skin. For instance, our skin can get exposed to stimulants that cause it to age too quickly, such as smoking and drinking a little too much alcohol. On the other hand, habits that are generally better for us, such as exercising most days of the week and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can improve our skin health, as well. When it comes to your diet, getting your share of antioxidants and omega fatty acids can promote better skin replenishment.
Watch out for that sun
Aside from the factors mentioned above, sun damage is one of the biggest causes of aging. The sun can dehydrate the skin and cause oxidative stress which means skin cells don’t reform as replenished as they’re supposed to. For that reason, take your need to protect your skin during summer seriously. If you’re going outdoors – even a short term – make sure that you’re wearing sun lotion. Choose an SPF that’s a little more on the cautious side even if you don’t think you need quite as much protection. Most importantly, make sure you’re using sun lotion that offers both UV-A and UV-B ray protection.
Using medical-grade skincare
A lot of the solutions that we’re going to recommend are going to be direct approaches to improving your skin, whether it’s by replenishing the ingredients that keep it youthful or even by removing the signs of aging directly. However, it’s important to support all of the treatments mentioned below by taking care of your skin over the long-term, as well. This means going further than sunscreen alone. For instance, make sure you’re using a toner to replenish hydration, exfoliators to scrub away dead skin cells, antioxidant creams to prevent cells from getting damaged, moisturizers to replenish the hydration in your skin and more. If you don’t put together a thorough skincare routine, then even with the treatments below, you’re likely to start suffering the signs of premature aging.
Moisturization is crucial
Every cell in your body uses water to perform its functions. Without water, those cells can become damaged and have a hard time regenerating and replacing themselves. This also goes for the cells of your skin. Hydration is crucial to keep them in good shape. When you get skin cell damage, you get fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrating skincare products are essential, as is avoiding ingredients that can dry out your skin. However, you should also make sure that you’re getting plenty of hydration in your diet, whether it’s by drinking enough water throughout the day or by eating foods that have more water in them.
Fill ‘er up
There are, largely speaking, two main types of injection treatments designed to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Which one you choose is likely to be based on which kinds of lines are affecting you. For “lines of rest,” such as slight sagging skin in places like the cheeks and forehead, you can use dermal fillers. These plump up the skin, raising it to normal volume while also replenishing the supply of collagen and hyaluronic acid that keeps the bonds between the skin and underlying muscle fresh. The one problem with dermal fillers is that they are temporary treatment, meaning you have to top up on them every now and then to continue to see the effects at work.
Freeze, don’t move a muscle!
The other kind of injection treatment is the massively popular botox treatment. Botox is different from dermal fillers in that it targets the “lines of activity.” Moving our facial muscles can result in wrinkles, such as crow’s free and smile lines. What botox does is that it temporarily freezes the muscles that cause the movements that lead to these lines. By paralyzing the affecting muscles, it gives the skin a little more time to heal while making sure you’re not inadvertently causing more damage. You can also try preventing your face from making repetitive movements on its own, but botox tends to be an easier solution. It is temporary, like dermal fillers, but the results last longer than the treatment itself.
Revealing younger skin
Wrinkles, like all skin issues, affect the skin in layers. The uppermost layers of skin might be more affected by fine lines than those below. What’s more, those uppermost layers of skin can be removed safely with the right treatment. A derma roller removes the cells of the topmost layer of skin, which not only reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface but can also ensure the new layer of skin heals over them better by regenerating the new cells more quickly and effectively than they might grow in, otherwise. As such, the skin that grows in place of the removed layer can look younger, more toned, and firmer in general.
The chemical approach
A lot of people will see the benefits of microdermabrasion without much issue. However, for those who want a stronger approach, chemical peels might also offer the kind of toughness needed to really get at some of those deeper wrinkles. Chemical peels make use of things like: glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to wash away the dead cells that can sit on top of the skin, preventing newer, rejuvenated skin from coming through. The treatment usually doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes to put on, and over the next few days, the affected skin peels away, letting the fresher skin beneath grow through. Like microneedling, it also promotes the healthier and quicker growth of the next layer of skin.
A facelift without the knife
A lot of people would like the noticeable benefits of a facelift but without worrying about having to go under the knife. There are, indeed, treatments that are known as non-surgical facelifts. Primarily, this refers to what is called a skin tightening treatment. Ultrasound technology can be used to tighten the skin of the face and neck without having to make any incisions. It manipulates the muscles that are also moved during a facelift but uses ‘ultrasound delivered heat’ into the skin, which instead, directly promotes the growth of elastin and collagen – two substances that tend to be lost in the skin over time. As such, it can result in some of the same kind of results you could only normally expect to see in a facelift.