Wrinkles are the folds in the skin, like the crease on the shirt, which require ironing. Wrinkles are a sign of aging, as we age our skin stops producing collagen protein which leads to wrinkles and skin aging.
Aging: As you get old the skin becomes thin and the cells divide slowly which leads to the formation of wrinkles on the skin. Skin starts losing collagen protein which leads to the formation of wrinkles on the skin.
Skin damage due to Sun: As the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun it starts damaging the collagen protein present in the skin, which provides flexibility and elasticity to the skin to prevent wrinkles.
Smoking: Intake of tobacco in the body leads to less production of collagen protein in the body which further leads to the formation of wrinkles on the skin.
Treatment for wrinkles
- Stress reduction
In the era of fast-moving lives and excess stress, try to minimize the workload and avoid anything that is stressing you out, as it might lead to wrinkles. Yoga and meditation are the best ways to reduce stress.
- Beauty Sleep
Appropriate amount of sleep is an important ingredient to reduce wrinkles or skin aging. Sleep of 8-9 hours each day is important to rebuild and repair the damaged skin cells.
- Avoid excess sun exposure
Long hours of exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun leads to collage protein damage in the skin. To protect the skin from sun damage you must wear SPF moisture daily which will also act as a whitening cream for the body.
Also try using a hat, sunglasses, and long sleeve t-shirt when exposed to the sun for long hours.
- Use good quality wrinkle cream
Add an anti-wrinkle cream to your bedtime routine as it will help to repair and rejuvenate the skin overnight. The anti-wrinkle creams hydrate the skin and are also the best face whitening creams.
- Stay Hydrated
Drink an ample amount of water to protect your skin. You can also drink coconut water or lemon water if you do not enjoy drinking plain water.
- Add antioxidants to your diet
Add berries, granny smith apples, black beans, and plums, Omega 3, collagen protein, cherries, pecans, prunes, artichokes to your diet as these foods contain antioxidants that protect your skin from wrinkles.
- Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking isn’t an overnight process and requires time, patience, and control. Therefore, you can use nicotine patches and inhalers to give it a boost.
- Wash face before sleep
Adding the habit of washing your face before going to sleep can go a long way. When we sleep with makeup on our skin it leads to the absorption of makeup in the skin, as most of the makeup products contain harsh chemicals which leads to oxidative stress on the skin.
Avoid scrubbing your face. You may also use water-based face wipes and wash off the face with cold water after using the wipe.
- Change the sleep position
We often end up sleeping with our faces pressed against the pillow. Sleeping in the same position over time leads to the weakening of the skin in fewer places than others and leads to the formation of wrinkles.
- Use coconut oil
Using coconut oil can lead to the repair of damaged skin cells. As coconut oil helps to retain moisture in the skin and is an effective treatment for dry skin.
- Limit sugar intake
Consumption of sugar in high amounts can lead to early skin aging and cause wrinkles. Sugar breaks down the collagen protein in the body and leads to the fastening of the aging process. Reducing the intake of sugary and oily foods can lead to a slowdown of the aging process.
- Lemon Balm leaf tea
Lemon balm leaf tea helps to correct the tissue damage in the skin and makes the skin elastic.
- Beta Carotene
Beta carotene and vitamin A are used as ingredients in anti-aging creams and these need not be used only in the form of cosmetic products.
Medical treatments for wrinkles
- Micro-needling: in the process of micro-needling several needles are poked into the top layer of your skin to create miniature wounds, these wounds heal fast and lead to the formation of new collagen as the skin heals.
- Microdermabrasion: In this process, the uneven layer of the skin is removed from the skin. This treatment is most effective for stretch marks, scars, and discoloration.
- Chemical peels: In this process, the peel solution removes the top layer of the skin and brings healthy, new skin onto the top. Chemical peels are most effective for wrinkles, scars, and discoloration.
- Laser skin resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is not suggested to people with dark skin tone as it may lead to hyperpigmentation and darken their skin tone, however people with fair skin tone may go for it. In this process, laser light is directed onto the skin and is usually used for fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
In this process hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar polymer, is used as a filler for the skin, and the wrinkles are filled to lift the skin.
This is a surgical process in which the excess skin and fat are removed from the skin and the muscles are tightened to reduce the wrinkle appearance.
Advantages of Wrinkle treatment
- Some procedures are pain-free such as anti-aging creams, SPF, quitting smoking, water intake, etc.
- Same-day results can be seen for non-surgical procedures.
- The wrinkle treatments reduce scars, wrinkles, dark spots, and blemishes and give healthy-looking skin.
- Risk of the procedures
- The body may show an allergic reaction to the medicines.
- Commonly, the color and texture of the skin may change after taking medical treatments.
- Swelling, bruising, pain, scarring, and infections are some common disadvantages of taking medical treatment for wrinkles.
- Few medical treatments are not permanent and you might need to undergo those treatments again.
- Sometimes permanent bumps form under your skin due to medical treatments for wrinkles.
The above-mentioned tips will help in putting a pause on the aging process but will not stop it entirely.