Wrinkles 101

injection in the eyebrowWrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but if you think your wrinkles are making you look older than you feel, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your skin and treat wrinkles.

Here’s what you should know:

Preventing Wrinkles

You are never too old or too young to start protecting your skin. Whether you’re 20 or 65, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your skin and hold on to your youth. The following habits will help you prevent wrinkles. Even if you already have wrinkles, preventing future wrinkles will help you maintain your appearance.

 

  • Keep your skin hydrated and nourished by applying moisturizer daily, drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your health up and improve your circulation. Keeping the blood circulating through your body is an important part of keeping your skin healthy.
  • Do everything you can to avoid sun damage—never use a tanning bed, wear sunscreen and reapply it while you are outside, stay in the shade between 10 am and 4 pm, and wear a hat and sunglasses to shade your face.
  • Remember to treat your neck just as well as you treat your face. If you are applying moisturizer or sunscreen to your face, apply it to your neck as well.
  • Wash off all your makeup and apply a retinol cream before going to bed.
  • If it is comfortable, sleep on your back.
  • Keep your stress levels low.

Treating Wrinkles

Even if you take fantastic care of your skin, some wrinkles will develop as you age. Fortunately there are relatively simple, non-invasive treatments that can reduce and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Three common options are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin.

 

While these three treatments have subtle differences, they work in much the same way. All three contain botulinum toxin A as an active ingredient. They work to weaken muscles in the target area to create a smoothing effect. All three treatments have benefits and some are better suited to specific areas of the face. If you’d like to learn more about these options, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts.