Wrinkles may be a natural and inevitable part of the ageing process, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take action to halt their progress or reduce their effects if you find them annoying. Although wrinkles can affect any part of the body, it is their appearance on the face and neck which causes a problem for most people. But there are several ways you can tackle this issue, including surgical options such as a facelift. However, if you are looking for safer, less drastic, but still effective solutions there are plenty of non-surgical treatments to explore.
Where do wrinkles come from?
In general, wrinkles form as a result of several different factors, including exposure to the sun, smoking, genetics, and your natural level of skin pigmentation. They can also appear after a sudden, drastic weight loss, or as a result of repeated episodes of dehydration. Finer wrinkles which appear more on the surface of your skin are usually linked to ultraviolet light exposure, whilst deeper wrinkles are blamed on repeated muscle use – good examples being laughter lines or creases at the side of a long term smoker’s mouth.
How can wrinkles be treated safely?
Creams and potions
Face creams, washes, masks and treatments claiming to reduce wrinkles are easily found in shops and supermarkets, and many of them include multi-vitamins, especially A, C and E, beta-carotene, retinol and sometimes plant extracts like ginseng. There’s lots of debate about how effective these products are, but some studies show promising positive results, so they may be worth considering for very fine lines on younger skin.
Invasive beauty procedures
Chemical peels and dermabrasion procedures are pretty radical, and often painful, ways to tackle annoying wrinkles, and both are considered too risky or unpleasant by many people. They also require a series of treatments in each set, although the end result should last for around three years.
Safe non-surgical procedures
Botulinum treatments are a straightforward way to tackle those problem wrinkles without any worries about harsh chemicals or surgery. These are able to help improve the look of wrinkles and lines on various parts of your face, including the forehead – smoothing out frown lines, and tackling crow’s feet around the eyes; some can even be carried out during your lunch break! You can expect to see the full benefits of these procedures within one or two weeks of the painless treatment.
Whilst we continue to expose ourselves to trigger points, the risk of wrinkles will loom large, as will a range of options to choose from which claim they can eradicate or drastically reduce wrinkles on your skin. Whilst this seems like a good thing, this amount of choice makes it vital you fully understand how each differs, what they all involve, and the potential outcomes of each approach. There’s no need at all to simply put up with wrinkles if they bother you, but making the best decision on how to tackle them is something that takes time and thought.