How To Fight Against Wrinkles
How you choose to treat wrinkles and
other signs of aging depends on what stage of your life you're at.
In your 20s, when wrinkles are just beginning to appear, sun block
is the best course of action.
At that stage, skin can still
repair itself, and wearing sunscreen regularly will prevent further
damage and help the skin regenerate itself. An alpha-hydroxy acid
product is also a good idea, because it will lightly exfoliate the
dulling layer of dead skin and give it a smoother, clearer look.
When your 30s start to creep up (with a
few more lines and wrinkles in tow), retinol products and prescription
retinoids, such as Retin-A or Renova (the more
moisturizing form), are the next line of defense.
Both are designed to plump up fine
lines and stimulate skin to produce collagen, although Renova is the
only product approved by the FDA clinically proven to reduce wrinkles.
If your skin is starting to show signs of dryness, moisturizer will
hydrate it and make wrinkles look less apparent but won't make them
When wrinkles become stubborn, usually
around your late 30s and early 40s, it's time to see your dermatologist,
who can prescribe a skincare regimen to help keep wrinkles at bay.
In addition, she has various chemical
peels in her anti-aging arsenal. Peels come in varying strengths,
depending on the severity of your wrinkles and age spots. Light,
glycolic acid-based peels, done once a month over the course of a few
months, will help smooth some of the fine lines (although they won't
have much effect on deep wrinkles), fade brown spots, and even out
overall skin tone.
TCA (trichloracetic acid) peels are a
bit stronger and reserved for deeper wrinkles. They are used at varying
concentrations and leave skin red and sensitive for a few days. Phenol
peels are used for very severe discoloration as a last resort.
The downsides of phenol peels are that
they can leave the skin permanently lighter and involve more risks than
more gentle peels. Laser peels are a newer weapon that only require a
single treatment but are reserved for very severe wrinkling.
Depending on the type of damage you
wish to get rid of, this could be an alternative to a facelift and
should be performed only by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has
substantial experience using lasers. The additional drawback is the
healing process; count on severe redness and peeling for at least a