Staying Away from Wrinkles
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According to the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures, the top four cosmetic treatments of 2013 involve four non-invasive procedures. These non-invasive procedures are mainly focused on anti-aging objectives. It includes the treatments microdermabrasion, wrinkle relaxing injections, chemical peels and laser procedures.
These statistics alone we can perceive that most people’s concerns steam not only from the idea of looking good, but by looking younger or better than their age. So yes, anti-aging and anti-wrinkle treatments are the in thing today as it always has been. After all, although it is good to have the good character, appearance still makes the first impression.
The Billion Dollar Industry
It isn’t only the treatments that make the anti-wrinkle boon a booming billion dollar industry; most products too like topical creams, anti-aging serums and lotions are joining the band. These anti-wrinkle products are not only targeting the whole of America, one of the biggest providers and consumers of the products, but the whole world as well.
So if the world has been spending in the skin care products, it has been justifiable also that they spend on the treatments which may work longer than the former. Thus, the statistics above.
One of the major customers of these industries today is the baby boomers, the one who were heading for retirement now but with good financial standing and are eager to wipe out wrinkles and capitalize in looking young. These boomers grew up in a culture that views youth as glamour would boost the anti-aging industry from $80 billion to $114 billion by 2015 as reported in USA Today.
By 2015, there will be more treatments that will be discovered and improved which could generate more. As to current time, South Korea still holds the spot of the country which has the most cosmetic surgery per capita, surpassing those of other big countries like the US.
Causes of Wrinkles
- Smoking. Smoking and nicotine can have adverse effects on your skin. This can be due to the reduced blood supply in the body. This in return accelerates aging in forms of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Light skin. People with lighter skin have little protection from the sun compared to those who have darker shade pigmentation. Lighter shaded skin may result to sun damage which in returns results to wrinkle development.
- Genes. Some people are programmed to age faster than other people. It’s in the genes apparently.
- Clothes. Those who wear clothes that show skin always under the sun may have to face consequences later. Those people who wear clothes that cover them always may develop wrinkles later than others. Clothes apparently provide protection from the sun as well as from other external environment factors such as pollution.
- Sun. Sun can age you. The ultra violet ray it emits can have some adverse effects later.
- Expressions. When you frown too much or laugh too much, you’ll have more defined grooves and lines but it doesn’t mean though that you have to stay poker faced all throughout your life.
- Medications. Some medications have adverse effects on the skin.
- Age. If you start piling on age, then it is inevitable that your wrinkles will start showing. All other signs of aging may also follow through.
- Jobs. Some jobs may have people more exposed to sunlight which may hasten wrinkles and aging. These may include outdoor jobs like fishing, sailing, golfing, gardening and more.
Natural Remedies for Wrinkles
- Eat more fish. Fish is a great source of protein, a building block of great skin. It is also a source of omega-3 fatty acid, the good fats which has properties that help nourish the skin and plumps it up to be youthful.
- Cut on caffeine. Caffeine may take a toll in your skin. Instead, have more cocoa drinks, the pure one. It has better anti-oxidants or gets some dark chocolate instead.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables are the best cleanser or detoxifier. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and helps damaged skin from free radicals. In return, fruits and vegetables may make you younger and full of life after.
- Moisturize. Not moisturizing may result to dry skim. Dry skin is precursor to wrinkles and lined skin. Getting it moisturize will soften the skin and will make lines less noticeable.
- Have more soy. Soy contains compounds and properties that may help in the sun’s photo aging damage. Soy based food and supplements contain protein and other components which can improve skins structure and even improve the firmness. A firm skin may look youthful and younger.
- Avoid the sun. The sun is your main enemy since it can age the skin fast. So avoid it, or minimize your exposure from it. Wear clothes that can cover you or stay under the shade. Bring umbrellas or hats.
- Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen can protect your skin even those that are covered by clothes. Make sure that you put it on especially if you are planning to be under the sun for a long period of time. If you are in water, make sure that you will be reapplying it every two hours.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking contains nicotine and other components which may result to aging faster than your contemporaries.
- Sleep. Sleeping can help produce more growth hormones which help skin to become more elastic. When you are sleep deprived, you may have more cortisol in your blood stream which may break down some skin cells. Also, always sleep on your back, not on your side. Sleeping on your side may result to sleep lines which may increase wrinkles in the face.
- Don’t over wash. Washing your face is good but washing it every hour may not help. It will wash out all your skin’s natural protection and oils which may result to wrinkling.
- Have some anti-wrinkle foods. These may include honey, tomatoes, berries, green tea, yogurt and kefir, nuts and avocados.
Top Rated Wrinkle Treatments
- Dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a surgical treatment that involved the abrasion or the wearing away of the skin with a certain machine. It can remove wrinkles, tattoos and even morels and scars. The treatments will involve scabbing, swelling and redness but may heal for a couple of weeks,
- Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is different from the Dermabrasion treatment since microdermabrasion makes use of a machine or wand life tool which sprays microcrystal’s across the skin. This will help remove the outermost skin layers and will stimulate growth of newer skins. It helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles and may cure large pores, coarse skin and sun damage.
- Laser, light and radiofrequency. These processes may involve the destruction of the outer layer of the skin by the laser beam while the dermis is heated up. This wills stimulate collagen production which will reduce skin wrinkles resulting to smoother and tighter skin. There are two types of laser treatment, the ablative and the non-ablative one.
- Botox. Botox is quite popular today. It makes use of an injectibles that signals the nerve to freeze. This will result to a less wrinkled and a smother skin. It lasts from three to four months.
- Chemical peel. Chemical peel makes use of chemical solution to slough off dead skin. This will peel off the skin regenerating smoother skin from within.
- Facelift. Facelift involves surgery wherein the excess skin will be removed from the face. Then it will be redraped. Smoother skin will be seen after but of course healing time may be longer since it involves surgery.
- Soft tissue fillers. Tissue filler’s aim is to volumise the face to reduce wrinkle appearance. It is an injection that involves collagen, fat and Hyaluronic acid. These injections are injected in the deeper face which then will plump up and smoothen the skin appearance.
To Go Natural or to Go for a Cosmetic Treatment?
Now, will you go natural or will you choose the treatments? Each has its own advantage. So for example getting on all natural foods may help not only your skin but also your overall health. AIit’s for long term too but you may wait for it to be effective or you have to start young to make it effective.
On the other hand, the cosmetic treatments can have fast results and can be at hand but it can cost you money and may last for a specific period of time.
So which is which? Some would go for the treatment for a jumpstart. Say they get the microdermabrasion or the fillers then they do all the healthy things to make it last longer or take a supplement to maintain it.
The best way though is to ask your doctor about it. You can’t go on and have some treatment without a proper consulting and evaluation. Some of these treatments though cannot be good for you if you have certain conditions. These can be pointed out by professionals.