How to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles
Last week, we wrote about what causes wrinkles and how to prevent them. But what do you do about the ones you already have?
The anti-aging industry is massive, and everyone in it is spending a lot of money to get you to believe that their product is the secret sauce that will give you cheeks like a baby’s bottom. It’s so hard to tell what really works and what’s just hype with a pretty Photoshopped face.
Thank goodness we’re here to give you the real dirt on the treatments that actually erase those lines! Nothing can completely halt the natural aging process of skin, but there are some products that truly can fight it and reduce the appearance of fine and even deep wrinkles.
This is the key ingredient in most anti-aging serums and creams. It’s substance that occurs naturally in the skin and plays a critical part in its cellular processes, including the generation of new cells and regulation of oil secretion.
Most of the time, we get enough vitamin A in our diets, and the body converts it into retinoic acid, the form that’s active in the skin. But sun exposure blocks this conversion process, leaving us deficient, which can lead to a dry and rough skin texture over time. In addition, studies have shown that applying extra vitamin A topically in the form of retinol or retin-A can improve skin condition even if you're not deficient. These forms are easily converted into the biologically active retinoic acid, and the boost in vitamin levels promotes cell regeneration and smooths wrinkles.
When shopping for a vitamin A serum or cream, know what you’re looking for and how to use it properly. There are only two chemical forms of vitamin A that are effective in topical form: retin-A, which is prescription only, and retinol, which you can get over the counter. Both are best used at night, since exposure to sun after applying will nullify their effects. With consistent use, you should see results in a few weeks.
Chemical peels come in many different varieties, but in general they spark regeneration of skin cells at a deep level. The shedding of old skin and activation of cellular healing processes leads to smoothing of the skin’s surface, as well as other benefits like evening of pigmentation and reduction of acne.
There are different strengths of chemical peels as well as different ingredients. A mild glycolic acid peel works well for fine lines, but it won’t treat deeper wrinkles. For those, a medium-strength peel with trichloric acid (TCA) or a deep phenol peel will be more effective. The stronger the peel, the longer the healing time and the more important it is to do it under the supervision of a qualified physician.
Laser treatments use a different technique to achieve the same effects as a chemical peel, with fewer side effects and better results. Intense pulses of light at precise wavelengths are sent into the skin, stimulating the cells to regenerate. The wavelengths are targeted at specific types of cells at different depths of skin to optimize the benefits while avoiding unwanted redness, peeling, and other side effects. The benefits are usually visible within days, although a series of treatments over several months is usually recommended for the best results.
If you’re just starting to notice the appearance of fine lines, a high-quality retinol product is an easy and affordable way to start caring for your aging skin. If you’ve been struggling to erase deeper lines, it may be time to consider a peel or laser treatment. Contact Become Medspa to learn more from our expert estheticians.