How do wrinkles form? Is there anything we can do to prevent them? Once they develop, what can we do to remove them?
As we age, our expressions start to etch themselves into the surface of the skin, therefore creating those pesky, unwanted wrinkles. Wrinkles are formed by a variety of aspects, primarily due to the aging process but outside elements can accelerate their formation. Exposure to the sun, dehydrated skin, smoking and sleep positions are all contributing factors.
Does SPF really help in preventing wrinkles?
Wearing SPF 30+ and applying every 80 minutes will not only prevent wrinkles from forming early on but will also decrease your chances of skin cancer, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. My favorite is Colorescience Brush-On SPF 50This brush on sunscreen allows you to reapply over your makeup throughout the day. Talk about added bonus, right?!
Did you say eat your water?
Drinking and eating your water – yes I said eating your water – will improve the overall appearance of wrinkles as well. Our bodies are made up of 75% H2O and when the skin is dehydrated, it loses its elasticity, appearing loose and saggy, consequently highlighting the appearance of those unwanted wrinkles. When we drink our water, it cycles through the kidneys and is excreted out of the body in a matter of 30-60 minutes, never reaching our skin cells.
Eating your water which is found in fruits and vegetables like watermelon and cucumbers, will allow the body to digest the water in the food source, retain it and send it out to the outer most layers of our thirsty skin cells. This process hydrates the skin from the inside out, plumping up those fine lines and wrinkles.
Cigarettes equal wrinkles.
Now, what’s the correlation between smoking and wrinkles? When you smoke, the nicotine from the cigarette narrows the blood vessels making it difficult for nutrient rich oxygenated blood to reach the outer layers of our skin. With little oxygen being delivered, healthy skin cells are unable to regenerate giving our complexion a dull and tired appearance and deepening fine line and wrinkles. Oxygen is our body’s life force, without it, we die. So the overall message is…yep, you guessed it, put down the cigarette.
Sleep position matters.
Sleep…I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to get enough of it. Who knew the position we sleep in actually accelerates the formation of fine lines and wrinkles and not just on the face ladies, don’t forget about the neck and décolleté, two areas that show our age just as quickly as the wrinkles around our eyes. The best position to sleep in is on our back, this way our face is not rubbing against the cotton pillow case which over time will turn into wrinkles.
If you’re a side sleeper, getting the right pillow is a must have to prevent wrinkles from showing up sooner rather than later. My personal favorite is the Save My Face pillow. It cradles the face without pressing the skin and creating lines and folds that turn into wrinkles over time. It’s also covered in a satin pillow case that has been found to reduce the friction on the skin that cotton pillow cases create. The more friction and rubbing of the skin the deeper the wrinkles that start to develop. So at the end of the day, either switching pillows or positions will make all the difference in how we age.
Why isn’t my skin care helping with my wrinkles?
Now that we know how wrinkles form and what we can do to prevent them early on, what can we do to remove them now?
The first go to most men and women incorporate into their skin care routine is an eye cream and moisturizer. As wonderful as these items are, they offer minimal changes in the skin over time. They will hydrate the skin from the outside but as far as correcting and eliminating already formed wrinkles, we need to go on a deeper level.
I love chemical peels!
I love, love, love chemical peels! Especially when you start pairing them with dermal relaxers and fillers like Botox and Juvederm. Chemical peels remove the outer most layer of dead skin cells, which promotes cell regeneration and a plumping effect of the skin. Chemical peels are a treatment that is an ongoing process.
Setting up a treatment plan with your Aesthetician will yield the best results and help you correct your skincare concerns. Once we start coupling peels with Botox and fillers, the results achieved become a night and day difference. Once the peel removes the dead skin cells, the Botox and fillers are used to prevent the fine lines and wrinkles from deepening and further etching into the skin. Botox and fillers are like chemical peels, they are not a one-time treatment.
What’s the difference between Botox and fillers?
Botox generally lasts 3-5 months and fillers like Juvederm will last up to 12-18 months. Botox and Juvederm, like chemical peels, can be used as a preventative and corrective measure.
With that being said, I’m sure you’re asking yourself right now, then what’s the difference between Botox and Juvederm and is one better than the other or should I be using both along with chemical peels?
What is Botox?
With all of this information, let’s break it down further so you have a better understanding of the difference between the two. Botox is a neurotoxin that is injected into the facial muscle to interfere with nerve impulses, causing temporary paralysis of the muscle. When the muscle is unable to move, the skin itself doesn’t move preventing it from wrinkling, creasing or folding which routinely results in fine lines and wrinkles.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in our body that breaks down over time as we age. Juvederm is used to soften our nasolabial folds “laugh lines” that extend from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth, taking years off the face. If you’re looking to augment your lips for a more voluptuous look, Juvederm is the way to go.
Some patients have used fillers to fill in ice pick scarring from severe acne and recently doctors are using the filler to reshape the nose, lift the cheekbones and plump up the under eye area to delay the need for a lower Blepharoplasty.
Why should I use both?
As you can see, the two go hand and hand. Botox will paralyze the muscle to soften the appearance of the wrinkle and Juvederm will fill in the wrinkles by plumping them up. Adding a chemical peel will bring the entire treatment full circle. The chemical peel will minimize fine lines, even out the overall tone and complexion of your skin and regenerate new healthy skin cells.
Bye bye wrinkles
The best part of this entire treatment, besides being able to be performed in one appointment, is how no one will know what you’ve done to your skin or that you’ve been medically treated.
You’ll look fresh, energized and younger than ever. You’ll feel as if you’ve finally found the fountain of youth!