Two processes are mainly responsible for making our faces appear older as we age: the formation of wrinkles and the changing contours of the face. Repeated muscle movements when we frown or smile eventually causes wrinkles to form in the overlying skin around the eyes, mouth and between the brows. Renewal of skin cells, which happens rapidly when we’re young, starts to slow down, leading to a matt and dull tired appearance as dead cells cling to the surface of the skin. As we get older, our skin shows visible signs of aging as a result of the breakdown of collagen. Facial volume from areas like the cheeks starts to lose, resulting in skin sagging.
Cosmetically, Botox treatment is most often used to eliminate lines and wrinkles between the eyes, across the forehead, and around the eyes. This prevents the skin above from creasing up and causing wrinkles. It works by smoothing your frown or surprise lines and preventing them from becoming more pronounced. It won’t do anything for sun-damaged skin or lines caused by skin sagging.
Chemical peel is also an anti-wrinkle treatment. This method can help reduce fine lines, small scars, discolouration and sun-damaged skin. Acid, such as glycolic acid, or lactic acid, is applied to the skin and exfoliates the top layer, causing dead skin cells to peel off. The stronger the peel, the more dramatic and longer-lasting the results. A stronger peel’s benefits can last for two years.
Laser treatment is another method used for moderate lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone, texture, and tightness, though they don’t work on very deep lines. There are many different laser treatments available, and they’re usually classified according to injury pattern, the depth at which they act and whether they destroy or simply heat tissue.
Besides these medical treatments, you could try some anti-aging tips in your daily lives. From the food we eat to the way we wash our faces, these minor decisions can end up making us years older than our chronological age in the long run.
Sugar does more than just rot your teeth, it’s also a major contributor to the loss of firmness in the skin, which can age you significantly. Poor diets that are high in sugar have been linked to advanced glycation end products which cause wrinkles and loss of collagen and elastin.
Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day can help keep your skin healthy and youthful-looking. Sipping water throughout the day and never letting yourself get thirsty is a good guideline.
Smoking is bad for your health. It increases your risk of cancer and other serious health issues. However, not everyone realizes what a major impact it can have on your appearance.
Vitamin C is also an important part of collagen, the protein that connects your cells together to create your skin’s elasticity and gives it structure. Make sure you are eating lots of citrus fruits daily as well to get enough vitamin C.
Soda wreaks havoc on your skin, making you age faster. The massive amount of sugar from a soda changes the gut microbiome and can cause a rise in bad bacteria in the body and increases inflammation.
Any exposure to the sun without SPF can damage your skin and make you look older. Apply a sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 30 or higher to exposed skin and wear a hat.