Thursday, 25 July 2013

5 Tips to deal with Facial Wrinkles

Wrinkle Formation

With age it is said wisdom grows but the reverse is true for the rest of the physical form. Just as the organs and other body parts develop age related, deteriorating issues, so does the skin. Yes, wrinkles are a natural process and part of aging. To define it simply wrinkles are folds or ridges or creases that appear on the outer layer or epidermis of the skin. As we age, our skin produces less collagen a factor that keeps the skin supple and smooth. Further, the sebaceous glands present in our skin, get bigger but produce less sebum, and the number of sweat glands decreases, leading to changes in our skin which becomes dry. Thin, dry skin having lost its elasticity becomes loose and the sagging skin folds which we call creases, wrinkles or ridges depending on the progression of deterioration. 

Areas of Skin Prone to Wrinkle Formation

Those parts of our body, such as:
  • The back of our hands and the skin on top of our feet
  • The neck
  • The face
  • The top of our forearms
that are exposed to the sun everyday are the parts that tend to develop wrinkles. 

Five Treatment Options for Wrinkles

1. Preventive Measures
2. Organic Green Home Remedies
3. Beauty treatments – facials, creams, facial masks
4. Over the counter Medications
5. Surgeries and Fillers

Preventive measures
Wear hats to protect your face from direct sunlight, wear sunscreen on exposed body parts like your face, hands, feet, neck; wear long sleeves to cover your forearms; avoid frowning and squinting as much as possible, get a good night’s sleep and avoid smoking.

Organic Green Home Remedies

1. The white of Egg is a skin tightening agent.
2. Using equal proportions of calamine powder, sandalwood powder, orange powder, add honey and a pinch of turmeric powder and then make a paste with raw milk. Apply it on face and neck. Rinse with water after the mask is dry.
3. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses or 2 liters of water, daily.

Beauty treatments – facials, creams, facial masks

A regular, good, anti-aging facial from your beautician will keep the wrinkles at bay and also tone up your skin. Anti-aging creams, moisturizers and ex-foliating / hydrating beauty care products available in several brands, also do their mite in warding off the wrinkles.

Over the Counter Medications

Microscopic studies have shown that topical vitamin C can step up production of collagen, whether in cream, serum, or gel form. It is primarily used because of its antioxidant properties, which inhibit free radical damage from the sun. While formulations don't require a prescription, potency can be tough to gauge. Effective products would most likely contain 10 to 20 percent L-ascorbic acid (a type of vitamin C), and come in opaque containers: Exposure to light saps their strength over time, but it is a preventive measure that has some restorative benefits. 

Surgeries and Fillers

Dermabrasion is used for the removal of fine wrinkles, while Microdermabrasion gives the skin a fresher and smoother appearance apart from diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, coarse skin, and sun damage. Laser, light source and radio frequency stimulate the development of new collagen fibers that helps tighten the skin. Non-ablative lasers, radio frequency devices and pulsed light sources do not damage the epidermis - the dermis is heated, triggering the formation of new collagen and elastin. Botox blocks the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, thereby flattening the skin and causing it to tighten. It is effective for lines on the forehead and between the eyes (frown lines), as well as crow's feet (around the corners of the eyes). Face lift or rhytidectomy is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess facial skin and fat with or without tightening of underlying tissues. Soft tissue fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid or fat. They are injected into deeper face wrinkles plumping and smoothing the wrinkles out.

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