Many people may welcome growing older because of the wisdom from one’s wealth of experience that comes with aging, but looking older is another matter. All over the world, people are beginning to undergo a number of treatments, therapies and rituals in order to appear younger, healthier and better looking. This practice that has spawned a billion-dollar beauty industry that includes cosmetics and other products that prevent and repair aging skin. Here is a look at the different treatments available to turn back time:
Retinoid is a Vitamin A derivative. It is used as the active ingredient in creams that treat aging skin. So far, retinoid creams are the only anti-aging products that are known and proven to eliminate wrinkles. Low-concentration topical creams are usually sold over-the-counter while stronger formulations may be obtained by prescription.
Microdermabrasion is a technique that uses friction to slough off dead surface skin. A dermatologist or esthetician uses a wand with a diamond tip or fine particles to rub gently against aging skin. The technique stimulates the growth of new skin and produces a youthful appearance. The results, however, are temporary and require regular treatment.
Laser resurfacing is intended for use in aging skin that already has wrinkles. It removes dead skin cells and tightens loose areas. The intensity of the laser may be adjusted depending on the needs of the client, so it can be superficial, intermediate or deep.
Chemical peels also slough off surface skin using an exfoliating ingredient in the solution or lotion. It addresses common problems of aging skin such as fine wrinkles in the eye and mouth areas, dull texture, discoloration and age spots. Done correctly, chemical peels improve skin texture by removing the surface layer of the skin, resulting in smoother, younger and even-colored skin.
Botox and Dysport
Botox, and Dysport are injectable solutions to aging skin. Both treatments contain the botulinum toxin that causes muscle paralysis. Either one may be injected into the face in order to prevent tiny muscles from moving. The most common targets are the frown-prone areas such as the forehead, the sides of the eyes and the area around the nostrils and the mouth. By controlling these muscles, Botox and Dysport prevent the development of frown lines and help erase lines that are already present.
Like Botox and Dysport, fillers also treat aging skin but they do so by filling up lines and wrinkles. Fillers typically contain either collagen or hyaluronic acid. Once injected in the lined or wrinkled area, the filler will plump up the skin from underneath and produce a smooth, even surface that is line and wrinkle-free.
Aging skin cannot be avoided but it can be slowed using preventive measures. Often, aging skin stems from damage caused by external factors such as sunlight. By using a sunscreen regularly, it is possible to prevent skin damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Regular sun protection not only prevents premature aging, discoloration and age spots, but also helps reduce the risk of skin cancer.