Aging is inevitable. As we age, the amount of collagen and elastin (protein) produced by the body, which are responsible for keeping our skin elastic and tight, begins to reduce and as a result skin starts showing the signs of aging like age spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
Some other reasons due to which our skin ages faster include sun damage, pollution and unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Although you are bound to age and encounter the sign of aging, yet modern cosmetic treatment has come a long way to counter and prevent the signs of aging for a longer period and make your skin appear youthful.
Treatment Options For Aging Skin
For early signs of aging, some preventive skin care options may be enough to retard skin’s youthfulness. The billion dollar cosmetic market is full of options that can be used along with lifestyle changes to keep aging signs at bay.
Creams And Lotions
Using antioxidant creams and lotions that containing vitamin C, retinoid and hydroxyl acids, premature aging can be prevented and appearance can be improved. For treating wrinkles and blemishes, vitamins, supplements, exfoliants and chemical peels are available. Antioxidant ointments, lotions and creams when used topically can reduce wrinkles and sun damage. Unlike sunscreen, they can protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage as they build up in the skin and are not washed away easily.
Coenzyme Q10, selenium and alpha-lipoic acid are available in topical form and some of them are showing very beneficial results in correcting fine lines and wrinkles and preventing aging skin. Vitamin A is important for preventing aging of the skin. UV radiation causes vitamin A deficiency.
Topical products that contain natural forms of vitamin A (retinol, retinoid) can help to repair your skin from damage that has been caused by sun and aging process. Retin-A can very well reduce the sign of aging by encouraging the collagen production.
Creams and lotions containing vitamin C, which is potent antioxidant also promote collagen production and significantly improve firmness, wrinkles and roughness of the skin. Studies suggest the use of alpha tocopherol cream containing vitamin E for reducing skin roughness, wrinkles and facial lines and sun damage.
Cosmetics containing niacinamide are also beneficial for reducing wrinkles around your eyes and facial skin. Some natural ingredients that rejuvenate the aging skin are soy, grape seed extract, pomegranate, ginger, aloe and coral extract as they contain antioxidants.
Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures
Exfoliation is one of the basic methods used for elimination of wrinkles by removing the top layer of the skin and allowing new skin to grow, which is also called resurfacing. Methods include simple scrub to intensive peeling treatments like chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion uses abrasive solutions and equipment to clear the skin tissue and improve appearance of the skin by activating collagen production. Chemical peels use chemicals like hydroxyl acids and phenol for peeling off the outer layer of the skin and eliminating the appearance of fine lines on the skin due to aging..
This also allows new skin growth to replace the wrinkled and discolored skin. Deeper facial lines are treated with botulinum toxin or fillers and hyaluronic acid injections using the patient’s own fat.
When all these methods do not work, one can opt for cosmetic surgeries which include face lift, brow lift or eye lift. This method is invasive and expensive and requires a long recovery time.