Wrinkles are a way of life and there is no way around it. The good news is that there are many preventative measures to avoid wrinkles sooner than is necessary. There are also many types of skin wrinkle treatments that aid in the reduction of wrinkles as well. First let's go over what actually causes wrinkles.
There are many causes that factor into wrinkles, these can include:
- Heredity, genes
- Skin type
- Hair (Does it hangs in your face?)
- Clothing (How much skin is exposed to the sun?)
- Your occupation (Do you work outside during the daytime?)
Many of the causes are out of your control, but by limiting the ones you are in control of will greatly increase your chances in diverting these effects. The biggest one is to limit sun exposure and secondly do not smoke. If you have no choice but to be in the sun all day make sure you wear appropriate clothing such as a hat and sunglasses. UV-B rays can still penetrate thin clothing so keep that in mind when preparing for your day as well. Sunscreen is also a great way to keep your skin safe and divert those wrinkles.
SPF stands for sun protection factor. You will want to choose a sunscreen with a high enough SPF rating. Make sure you check labels because some higher SPF sunscreens do not last as long as the lower SPF lotions meaning you'll need to reapply more often.
Treating wrinkles after they happen requires other types of treatment. There are several degrees of treatments for wrinkles that can include topical to medical.
Topical creams are the easiest solution and the most common. They are typically sold over the counter at local drugstores. You may also get a prescription from your doctor for a stronger cream such as one that includes retinol.
Topical procedures can include:
- Vitamin A Acid is the most effective way of ridding the signs of aging. This includes Tretinoin, Retin-A, and Renova. These types of creams only work if they are used in an ongoing basis. In the beginning these creams can produce redness and some peeling, but after the treatment is completed your skin can look much better.
- Alpha-hydroxy Acid is another treatment that produces a much milder outcome. It is completely safe and not as abrasive as Vitamin A Acid.
- Antioxidants and moisturizers contain vitamins that offer some sun protection and small improvements in wrinkles. They mostly reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Cosmetic Procedures include:
- Glycolic Acid Peels
- Deep Peels (salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid)
- Laser treatments
- Plastic surgery (facelifts, brow lifts)
- Botox (injection of botulinum in the affected area)
Weather you are young or old you have probably experienced some type of wrinkles in your age. Simple skin wrinkles treatments can help you with this, but the real fight against wrinkles starts when you are young. If you take care of your body now, you will have healthy skin later on in life.