Wrinkles be gone!
These days, we have many ways of treating unwanted wrinkles. To a certain extent, some treatments like Botox, fillers or lasers are like waving a magic wand and erasing them. The problem is that for many people, they keep coming back! So let us understand the basics of wrinkles, what causes them, and what strategies can be employed to prevent and eradicate them altogether.
Wrinkles are simply the creasing or crinkling that occurs in the skin as a natural part of aging. Our genetics play a significant role in how our skin ages, but many factors that we can control are just as influential in the aging process.
As we age our skin naturally gets thinner because of a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin. It also gets drier as the production of glucosamine decreases, which reduces functioning of the sweat and oil glands. These processes start around the age of 20, with collagen production decreasing by about 1% each year!
The process of living life itself exposes the skin to repeated sun damage, trauma, and wear and tear. However, some behaviors can make wrinkling occur quicker or earlier on in life. Habits such as smoking, sun-bathing, poor diet and poor hygiene can damage the skin and increase the appearance of lines.
Cigarette smoking in particular is an accelerant of wrinkling because the nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it decreases blood circulation. The process deprives the skin of needed oxygen and nutrients, thereby causing stress on the skin and essentially traumatic death to the underlying support tissues. Furthermore, the action of smoking with pursed lips is a repeated movement of the orbicularis muscles, creating smoker's lines around the mouth.
Significant weight loss can also cause wrinkling of the skin. This is because as weight is gained, the skin stretches to cover the body’s surface area. When this weight is lost, this stretched skin no longer has the frame to support it, and thus it will begin to sag or wrinkle.
There are several behavioral and lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent and reduce wrinkles. Below are some of the most effective methods.
Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature wrinkling. You can help prevent sun damage by protecting your skin from the sun, using sunscreen daily, and making sure that sunscreen has a high SPF (50 or more) if you’re expected to get prolonged sun exposure.
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Staying hydrated is vital in helping to protect your skin from aging. Drinking lots of water nourishes the skin, which increases cell turnover and improves its color and texture. We recommend drinking 8-12 cups of water a day to get plump, glowing skin.
Sleep isn’t just good for your energy levels. Adequate sleep is also a necessary step in ensuring your skin’s processes are flowing smoothly, including cell turnover and collagen replenishing. When we sleep, not only do we give our bodies a chance to restore themselves, but we give them the opportunity to create building blocks and decrease cortisol.
Research shows that diets rich in fruits and veggies, especially those with a high concentration of vitamin C, contribute to healthier skin. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet can help make your skin cells reproduce more efficiently, thus decreasing fine lines and producing a glow.
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Taking care of your skin is a vital step in preventing wrinkles. Some steps you can take to practice good skin care include:
We highly recommend getting regular treatments if you are concerned with wrinkle prevention. At Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic, we offer a wide variety of services that can tackle aging concerns. Below is a list of some of our leading treatment options for preventing or reducing age-related skin concerns.
Getting a chemical peel done at least twice a year can help exfoliate your skin, clean your pores, and resurface new layers of skin.
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The chemicals in Botox injections halt the release of neurotransmitters from motor nerves in targeted areas, keeping the muscles relaxed and smoothing your skin.
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Dermal fillers that use Hyaluronic acid help restore lost volume, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, and give a more youthful appearance to your skin.
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Injectable collagen treatments can give you the look of a facelift without any surgery. From PDO Threads to PRP Therapy, collagen treatments target areas of the skin most age-related volume loss, rejuvenating the skin and increasing turnover.
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Laser therapy delivers light energy deep into your skin to stimulate and regenerate the cells. This helps even the skin tone, fade pigmentation and resurface deeper skin layers.
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The Plasma Pen is used to tighten, resurface, and rejuvenate skin dramatically. It reduces wrinkles by lifting sagging skin and giving it a youthful glow.
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Regular microneedling is a leading method for wrinkle prevention. It boosts collagen growth within your skin, resulting in improved brightness, smoothness, and evenness of tone.
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Getting professional facials on a regular basis gives your skin the deep hydration and nourishment it needs. Your skin specialist can also analyze your skin and tailor the facial to your specific concerns and problem areas.
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There are many products you can use at home to prevent wrinkles. Just like you would brush your teeth daily in addition to semi-annual dentist appointments, the same method should be applied to daily skin care and professional treatments. In other words, you should be applying skin care products daily in addition to regular treatments at the Med Spa. Below is a list of some highly recommended products you can use at home to prevent wrinkles.
Fish Oil pills are great supplements to take, not just for giving the skin a healthy glow, but also for your cardiovascular health. The fatty acids in fish oil have a smooth and hydrating effect on your skin, which helps decrease fine lines.
Topical Vitamin A derivatives like Tretinoin and Retinol help improve fine lines, as well as the appearance of pores and brown spots. They are highly effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Using moisturizer at least twice a day helps your skin to stay hydrated and nourished. On drier or colder days, we recommend using more moisturizer throughout the day so it never gets too dry.
Vitamin C serum is a leading anti-aging product. Not only does it diminish fine lines and wrinkles, it has protective properties to help prevent their formation.
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Sunscreen is among the most important products for anti-aging. Since sun damage is responsible for the majority of visible aging, applying sunscreen several times each day is important in preventing wrinkles.
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Hyaluronic acid serums can help increase skin moisture, which can keep your skin looking fresh, full, and glowing. By keeping the skin hydrated, Hyaluronic acid helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The exact treatments and products that are best-suited for you will depend on your skin type and concerns. If you’re not sure where to start, make an appointment for a skin analysis with one of our skin care specialists here at Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic. They will talk with you about your goals and get a plan set up for specific services and products. You can book right here on our website, or call us at 651-222-3127.