In a world where the number of therapies is always changing, the anti-wrinkle arena provides you with lots of options. Whether you're trying to reduce wrinkles for the first time or you're a veteran, it's worth understanding the options available and how they work.
Chemical skin peels
Chemical skin peels act in the same way as exfoliants. Like an exfoliator, they'll remove the upper layer of your skin, which is called the epidermis. Unlike an exfoliator, they'll go further by removing some of the lower layers of your skin, including the dermis.
The aim of a chemical skin peel is to reduce the depth of some wrinkles that are already present. Additionally, they'll stimulate the production of collagen, which smoothens your skin as it heals from the peel. Most people need to stay away from direct UV light for at least 10 days afterwards. Additionally, you may find that this treatment is only effective for the earlier onset of wrinkles.
Botox: one of the most popular anti-wrinkle treatments
Botox is arguably the most popular anti-wrinkle treatment in the world. It works by injecting botulinum toxin into the neuromuscular junctions that allow certain muscles to cause wrinkles in key areas. For example, the crows lines around your eyes and the furrows between your brows. Once at the neuromuscular junction, it relaxes the muscle, which makes existing wrinkle appear smoother and can prevent others from arising.
Although Botox won't prevent wrinkles altogether, it can slow down the ageing process. Most medics agree that you shouldn't receive injections until your late twenties, as using them too early can cause sagging skin, which also makes you look older.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing comes in many forms, each of which works well when treating finer wrinkles. One of the most popular types is Co2 laser resurfacing. Using short pulses of laser light, your clinician or therapist will gently encourage the upper layers of skin to slough away. As a result, wrinkles appear less pronounced, and your body draws more collagen to the area for a smoother looking surface.
Much like chemical skin peels, laser skin resurfacing will leave your skin vulnerable to UV damage for 10 days. As a result, some people prefer to use it when they know the weather is cooler, such as during autumn and winter.
No matter which anti-wrinkle treatment you choose, it's always best to have a consultation with a professional first. From there, they can help you decide which option is best for you.