Aging is just a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to slow down the process. The first signs of aging — which include wrinkles and a loss of volume and elasticity — start to appear around the age of 25. (really!?)
However, with a solid skincare regimen and some anti-aging treatments, you can cheat time and keep the aging process at bay. Here’s what you can do to get rid of those pesky fine lines.
Anti-Wrinkle Creams Or Injections?
You can use a topical cream to prevent and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C speed up your skin’s regeneration process, creating younger, non-wrinkled skin. These ingredients can also help get rid of scars, dark spots and acne. However, it will take a few months before you see a noticeable difference in your fine lines, and even then, you shouldn’t expect anything too drastic.
While creams can help improve skin elasticity and subtly reduce the appearance of fine lines over an extended period of time, anti-wrinkle injections show noticeable results in three to seven days. These injectables, such as Botox and Juvéderm, are typically used to treat fine lines around the eye and brow area.
They work by blocking nerve transmissions in muscles surrounding the injected area, relaxing wrinkles, and smoothing out the skin. The effects of anti-wrinkle injections are temporary, lasting about three to four months before they wear off and need to be re-administered.
Choosing Anti-Aging Treatments
Anti-wrinkle creams and injections are some of the most common fine line treatments on the market now, but there are other treatments that may work better for your skin. Microneedling and lasers, for instance, stimulate collagen production and keep skin supple. However, these treatments usually work by essentially damaging the skin, so they may not be suitable for those with more sensitive skin types.
Each anti-aging treatment has its share of pros and cons, so it’s important that you do your research before you decide to treat your skin. If you’re going to do anything more than applying topical creams, such as getting injectables or laser treatment, make sure that the person administering the treatment is a qualified professional with plenty of experience.
Of course, you can also prevent fine lines by making changes to your lifestyle. Adding more antioxidants to your diet, staying hydrated, using SPF, and getting enough sleep can do wonders for your skin. Treat yourself well, and your skin will thank you for it.