Wrinkles are among the most common complaints of those with aging skin. Fine lines and creases can begin to show up as early as one’s twenties, and while they’re not harmful to the skin, they can cause confidence and self-esteem issues. From the eyes to the lips to the forehead, here’s how to choose a wrinkle reducer that’s right for you.
There are so many wrinkle reducing treatments on the market today that it can get confusing to know what to look for. First and foremost, if you are showing signs of wrinkled skin and aren’t using anti-aging skin care yet, it’s time to start. While use of an anti-aging skin care regimen should ideally start in your mid to late twenties, don’t worry if you’re past that point. It’s never too late to start caring for your skin!
You should always use skin care products that are formulated for your skin type -- whether normal, dry, oily, or combination. Also, look for the label “non-comedogenic,” which simply means that the product won’t clog your pores. For existing wrinkles and thinning skin, look for thick moisturizers that will add much-needed hydration -- especially in the eye area, where the pores are much smaller than on the rest of the face.
Ingredients like retinol and peptides will usually help diminish the appearance of existing wrinkles. Just be careful if you’re exposed to sunlight after using retinol-based products, as these can make the skin more sensitive and cause sunburns. The basic staples of an anti-aging regimen are a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, but adding a non-abrasive exfoliator once or twice a week can regularly slough off dead skin cells, revealing younger, brighter skin below. And don’t forget to use an SPF 15+ every day and an SPF 50+ when exposed to the sun.
Speaking of exfoliation, receiving a regular (about once a month) chemical peel can really help skin look more youthful. This superficial wrinkle reducing treatment can diminish the appearance of fine lines and even treat dark spots and acne scars. Consistently revealing fresh layers of skin from a chemical exfoliant will go a long way in your anti-aging efforts.
Want to go straight for the root cause of the wrinkle itself? Consider giving injectables like Botox a try. These wrinkle reducing treatments work by “relaxing” the tiny muscles in the face that cause wrinkles through smiling, frowning, and squinting. Botox can smooth out a wrinkle with targeted precision while leaving the face looking natural.
If you’re not ready for injectables like Botox, you might consider trying dermal fillers. These wrinkle reducers contain hyaluronic acid at high concentrations. This ingredient promotes hydration in the skin cells, adding firmness and plumpness to hollow or sagging areas and reducing fine lines and creases. A dermatologist can tell you which dermal filler brand is right for you.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and want to try any of these wrinkle reducers, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.