You’re standing in front of the mirror, obsessing over each line, dark circles, and spots wondering when did your skin start aging. According to some surveys, fifty percent of women are worried about the physical signs of aging. While plastic surgery is a widely popular option to look younger, going under the sharp knife and complicated surgeries comes with a hefty price tag and it’s considerably risky which makes it not an option for many. Luckily, thanks to the technological advancement it is now possible to restore a youthful glow without surgery and look 10 years younger.
Our skin experiences two types of aging These are extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic aging involves environmental factors such as UV rays from the sun, chemical exposure, and other harsh substances in our world. Intrinsic aging, on the other hand, is the natural process that occurs over a period of time. It’s what makes our skin look dull, wrinkly, and more prone to sunspots.
As we age, the collagen and elastin fibers that are responsible for giving our skin a firm, smooth texture becomes thicker and more clumped, creating a brittle skin, sagging, and wrinkled texture. Production of collagen in our body weakens over time and the elasticity of youthful skin starts to fade. Sun also plays a big role in our aging process. Years of unprotected sun exposure show up on our faces as wrinkles and rough patches.
Good thing there are some simple, less risky, and effective ways to fight the element of aging that does not require any surgery. Here are some things you can do to look younger as we grow old.
This anti-aging treatment requires a few injections but they are far from going under the knife. It promotes even complexion and replenishes lost volume to smoothen your skin. Just like Botox, it is also a treatment for wrinkle problems. Skin professionals can do just that or something even more complex like reshaping your nose. There are different types of fillers to choose from and you can start with hyaluronic acid to synthetic polymer microspheres. Each type has its advantage and only works best in specific skin concerns. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are top choices among other kinds of fillers. It is important to find an experienced doctor who understands facial anatomy as there are a lot of people who offer cheap fillers and in the end add more complication to your skin.
Many celebrities, beauty gurus, and famous dermatologists have raved about the anti-aging effects of Vitamin C. It is the most common antioxidant found in the skin that can improve our skin’s appearance and texture for a more youthful glow. Since this vitamin is most prevalent in the skin, it is the organ that suffers most from environmental stressors like sun exposure, pollution. The most recommended way to add Vitamin C to your skincare routine is by buying a serum. After cleansing, spread a small amount of serum on your palm, and gently massage it on to your face. Allow your skin to absorb the serum for a few minutes before heading out. Don’t forget to apply sunblock for additional protection from the sun.
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A that aids collagen production. It helps fade dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. But for many of us, the idea of applying Retinol on their face with its active ingredients can be a little scarier, especially with so many people reportedly experiencing dryness, redness, and flaking as aftereffects. According to experts, these are some of the side effects of the process. Experts recommend including Retinol as part of your nightly skincare regimen. It takes an average of 12 weeks for you to notice subtle changes, so keep it in your routine for as long as you see the anti-aging results.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is a type of skin care treatment performed by a dermatologist or a physician that involves a laser to help improve skin appearance and smoothness. It targets the outer layer of your skin at the same time heating the lower layer in the dermis that gives collagen production making you look younger. This kind of treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure and not covered by medical insurance, your overall cost also depends on how many sessions you need. A single treatment will improve most of your facial flaws but to achieve the desired result you will likely need multiple sessions of laser resurfacing.
If you start searching for microneedling procedures on Instagram you’ll probably wonder why most people even go with this treatment. The photos are cringy enough that’s because the treatment involves piercing your skin with small needles that draw blood. It may not sound like a good idea but the after result is more than enough for people to rave about it.
The procedure of microneedling is simple, the doctor will apply serum to your face and chest before using the needle around the treatment area like large pores, acne scars, and wrinkles around the mouth area allowing for deep penetration. The needle itself promotes collagen production and builds new elastin. The anti-aging result of microneedling is best shown after five continuous treatments.
This treatment is performed without the use of a machine, it only uses a handheld tool consisting of six to fourteen micro needles in the shape of a blade that strokes in the skin. The strokes are made up of semi-permanent pigment that looks like your natural eyebrow hair to create a defined shape and fuller look. It’s not permanent, the same thing with brow lamination, it only takes several weeks or months, you need to go back to your dermatologist for a retouch and it could last between one to three years depending on your skin type.
Use of Makeup
This is the cheapest alternative on your list and is something you already know and you’ve been doing for quite some time. With makeup, you can conceal fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging. You just need to apply the correct makeup technique, and it can transform your appearance from beautiful to luminous skin.
There are so many treatments available out there to try on but don’t forget to research thoroughly and ask your dermatologist opinion before going on to these treatments and there is nothing wrong with doing these procedures as long as it will make you happy. After all, aging is just a process.