How To Prevent Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Most everyone would love to have smooth, flawless, young looking skin. This is especially true in today’s youth oriented society. However, as much as we’d like to believe otherwise, aging and wrinkling are a natural part of life. It’s going to happen. Read our tips below for how to prevent wrinkles.
That doesn’t mean you have to just throw up your hands and accept your lines and wrinkles. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reverse the signs of aging and restore a clear and youthful complexion. A good skin care regimen is a great place to start.
But you also need to be aware of the things you do everyday that could be damaging your skin. Let’s look at a few of the common causes of skin damage and what you can do to combat the aging process. But, first things first.
We’ll start with a lesson in skin anatomy.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and is comprised of three layers; the outermost layer called the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue.
The epidermis is the exterior barrier to the harmful effects of the environment. Underneath the epidermis is the dermis, which provides the structural foundation for your skin. Collagen is a strengthening component, elastin fibers supply elasticity, and various proteins make you skin soft and plump.
The bottom layer is the subcutaneous tissue. This is where fat cells are located and are necessary for proper insulation. They also contribute to plump, healthy skin.
Sun damage causes the epidermis to thin and lose cohesiveness. When this happens moisture leaves the skin making it appear drier. Also, your skin is less able to rejuvenate and repair itself.
By now, we all know skin wrinkles are largely due to excessive exposure to sunlight. As a matter of fact, exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays could be the cause of 90% of photo damage and premature aging. You may be surprised to learn that most of this happens by the time you turn 20.
But the amount of total damage to the skin depends on the total lifetime amount of sun exposure as well as the amount of pigment protection you have. One way the sun causes aging has to do with collagen breakdown. The sun causes collagen to break down more quickly than the normal aging process would do. You also have to consider free radical damage caused by pollution or cigarette smoke. Both can speed up the aging process.
So what to do about the wrinkles you already have?
Depending on the amount of damage and your budget, your solution could be found at the local drugstore or perhaps you would benefit from visiting a cosmetic therapist. Skin resurfacing is one treatment that is available for removing fine lines and wrinkles. This is accomplished by removing skin layers and includes procedures such as dermabrasion scrapes (scraping away skin cells) or chemical peels to dissolve the skin layers.
Everyone from Hollywood stars to soccer moms are familiar with Botox. No doubt, they it is highly effective in repairing sun damaged skin and wrinkles. This injectable solution can reduce or remove vertical lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, laugh lines on the nose, headline wrinkles, as well as horizontal lines on the neck.
The procedure is relatively simple. A hypodermic needle is filled with a few drops of Botox that are injected into the muscle creating a wrinkle. This causes the muscle to weaken and as it does, the skin on top of the muscle relaxes. Gradually the wrinkles diminish and disappear. When done correctly, normal facial expressions are not affected by Botox treatments.
Dramatic results can be seen in as little as a few days. However, the results are temporary and repeated injections are needed after 3 to 6 months.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution to wrinkles. Once you stop using the product or procedure, lines and wrinkles are destined to return. Whether we like it or not, skin wrinkles. But committing yourself to a careful and consistent skincare and treatment regimen can slow down the process considerably.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can treat the lines and wrinkles making you look older, the Vivia Center is a great place to start. You’ll find many cosmetic treatments and procedures to choose from, including Botox to smooth away your wrinkles.