Tips for Reducing Fine Lines and Wrinkles
When you start noticing lines and wrinkles on your face, you can feel like you look older than you are or have a more difficult time creating a smooth canvas for your makeup. Fortunately, there are ways to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Make Changes to Your Skin Care
Try adding different products to your skin care routine with the goal of smoothing out current lines and delaying or minimizing the formation of future lines. Some products you may want to add are hydroxy acids. These are usually found in night creams because they give the product more time to penetrate the skin. Ideally, when you use night creams, you should limit other products on your face. Simply wash your face at night and apply the night cream as your moisturizer. Over time, hydroxy acids can help with cell turnover and the added moisture can also make lines appear less noticeable.
Some fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging, while others are correlated with damage from the sun or environmental toxins. To help protect your skin in the future, you may also consider adding antioxidant-rich skin care products. These products contain vitamin C, which may help reverse some skin damage and possibly add a layer of protection. If you are already using a night cream, you may want to choose a daytime moisturizer with antioxidants.
Consider Laser Procedures
For faster results, laser procedures can help smooth out lines. Laser resurfacing is one option, which can make a noticeable difference in fine lines. During treatments, the laser is used to take off the upper layer of skin, which encourages new skin to reach the surface. The new skin underneath is typically smoother and has not been exposed to environmental factors that facilitate the formation of lines. In the days following the procedure, you must be especially vigilant in protecting these areas from the sun until they heal by using sun protection and possibly wearing a hat. For deeper wrinkles, a CO2 laser can be used to achieve a more even surface.
Another option, especially for deep wrinkles, is the use of fillers. The material is injected in the wrinkle to help fill-out the area, making it more flush with the surrounding skin. The types of dermal fillers used will depend on the specific area of the face. For example, some types are not approved for use near the eyes. Some dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen are considered absorbable fillers, which mean they are eventually absorbed by the body over several months. You will need "touch ups" to maintain the appearance of absorbable fillers.
Some people are concerned about the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce their appearance and achieve smoother skin. For more information talk to a skincare specialist like those at the Bella Luna Aesthetic Center.