Ageing - Lines and Wrinkles FAQs
Botox and fillers are most commonly used for the reduction of lines and wrinkles, however injectables are not a route that everyone wants to go down. For a more natural alternative, resurfacing treatments such as microneedling and ablative lasers can be used to create a controlled wound to the skin and stimulate collagen regeneration. By stimulating new collagen production this retextures the skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles while allowing your face to continue to move and look more natural.
Lines are more superficial and closer to the skin’s surface, whereas wrinkles are more deep set and stay visible when the face is relaxed.
We spend a lot of our life smiling and using our facial muscles to create facial expression. Over many years of doing this your muscles start to tighten and this is what leads to wrinkles being visible on the surface of the skin.
You cannot stop the ageing process but you can make changes to your lifestyle and skincare routine to slow it down, these include:
- Quit smoking if you are a smoker
- Add more antioxidants to your diet such as berries and oily fish high in omega 3
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using low molecular weight hydrators
- Use cosmeceutical or medical grade skincare
- Avoid excessive sun exposure and wear a high factor SPF daily
- Get enough sleep
- Try to reduce stress
This is usually due to environmental or lifestyle factors. Exposure to UV rays is the most leading cause for premature ageing, the UV light and exposure to sunlight age skin faster. Lack of sleep, bad diet and stress can also be a contributing factor to your skin suddenly looking older.
- Botox – Cosmetic injections that temporarily reduce muscle contractions in areas such as crows feet, frown lines.
- Collagen induction therapy – Resurfacing treatments such as microneedling and ablative lasers can be used to create a controlled wound to the skin and stimulate collagen regeneration. By stimulating new collagen production this retextures the skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles while allowing your face to continue to move and look more natural.
- Chemical peels – Improves and smoothes the skin’s outermost layers.
- HydraFacial – Deep cleans the skin and delivers key nutrients to make the skin work in a way that it did when it was younger.
- Regular alcohol consumption
- Bad diet with high levels of sugar and unhealthy fat
- Lack of proper sleep
- Having sun exposure
- Living a high stress lifestyle
Use a gentle cleanser, retinoids, a richer face cream full of peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, have a good diet, use an SPF daily.
From your 20’s
As we age the skin naturally losses laxity and firmness, fat in the deeper layers of the skin starts to diminish causing an uneven texture known as wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
Do use an SPF 50 daily
Do maintain a balanced diet
Do use skincare essential to skin health such as antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid
Don’t neglect the Décoletage (neck and chest) when doing skincare
Don’t use sun beds
While drinking is essential for your overall health, including skin health, there is no definitive research supporting the claim that drinking water will reduce wrinkles.
Prevention is always easier than cure and it’s best to start taking anti-ageing measures in your 20’s to prevent wrinkles forming. There are temporary fixes such as having microneedling, ablative treatments or botox, however you cannot stop the ageing process fully and no treatments are permanent. Top up treatments are needed to keep the effects long term.
The best way to target wrinkles is through medical treatments that are performed in a clinic by a trained practitioner.
- Use a high factor, broad spectrum SPF 50 daily
- Maintain a balanced diet with reduced sugar and alcohol consumption
- Use high quality cosmeceutical/medical skincare essential to skin health such as antioxidants, peptides, retinoids and hyaluronic acid. Be sure to bring them down to your neck and decolletage as well as your face
- Avoid smoking and using sun beds
- Visit a skin clinic – Authentic Aesthetics in kenilworth are a well established skin clinic with over 20 years industry experience, they offer a full skin consultation where you are given a skin analysis which shows the different cross sections of the skin. Your expert Aesthetician will then talk through and give an in-depth and educational talk on the treatments which would be best targeted for your concerns.
Prices will vary based upon your location, the quality of the machine being used and the experience of your practitioner. Head to our price list to see pricing of our eTwo sublative and Exceed microneedling and HydraFacial treatments which are the most commonly recommended treatments for lines and wrinkles.