Did you know November is National Healthy Skin Month? Your skin is your largest organ had worked to protect you for your entire life. This month, especially as the seasons transition, it’s important to place special emphasis on protecting your skin and maintaining it’s healthy, youthful glow.
While wrinkles are a natural part of aging, some people begin to develop signs of aging prematurely. There are often a number of environmental factors that lead to the early development of fine lines, wrinkles, and deeper facial folds. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to reverse or slow the aging process.
WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR WRINKLES?
The development of wrinkles tends to bother people. Genetics can play a role in the development of these pesky lines not only on your face, but also on your neck and hands. Before we talk about relaxing those wrinkles away, let’s talk about some of the things in your life and environment that are causing them to develop to begin with.
COSMETIC SOLUTIONS FOR RELAXING WRINKLES
If you’re not afraid of needles, neurotoxins and fillers are great options for relaxing wrinkles. Neurotoxins work to gently immobilize the small muscles under the skin within the area experiencing sagging or wrinkling, keeping you from making the same repetitive movements that are causing them to develop. This relaxation also makes wrinkles appear less obvious when you smile, frown, or speak.
That said, as you age, your face also begins to lose volume, which can also cause wrinkles as the skin begins to sag due to fluid, collagen, and elastin loss. In the case of lost volume, dermal fillers like Restylane help to restore volume and fill the skin out again, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
So what are your options? Some include:
Your injector will help you to determine which neurotoxins or fillers are right for your specific wrinkle needs. In a lot of cases, patients start with small amounts of Botox and then add fillers later. Some injectors will mix both products, using each in different areas, for a fresh, youthful appearance.
NATURAL WRINKLE RELAXERS, PREVENTION
Not ready for needles? There are a lot of dermatologist-approved products you can use at home to add hyaluronic acid to your face, promote moisture retention, and fill in some lost volume to reduce wrinkle development. Your dermatologist or aesthetician can make recommendations for which are most effective. You should look for products that contain collagen and/or retinol to encourage cell rejuvenation.
In addition to creams or gels, you may want to try:
No one loves looking in the mirror and discovering that first wrinkle. The sooner you start treating the changes you see, the easier it will be to maintain your youthful appearance as you age. In the meantime, do everything you can to treat your body kindly and live a healthy lifestyle. The healthier your overall lifestyle, the healthier your skin will be. Both you and your skin deserve that care!
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