Starting to see the first signs of face aging? Not to worry, today's anti-aging skin care treatments are pretty remarkable. Plastic surgery is not your only option. Ahead, we'll show several at-home and non-invasive in-office treatments to tackle those first signs of skin aging for over 40.
Sometime in your 40s collagen and elastin production slows down considerably. You probably hear this all the time, but why are these proteins important?
Well collagen is the stuff that gives your it's skin strength and elastin is what gives it bounce and keeps it tight. Lower levels of these proteins leave your skin weak and vulnerable to internal and external environmental assaults and quicker to show signs of aging - like lines, wrinkles and sagging.
A little too much wine, not enough sleep, maybe too much sun, pollution, poor diet, poor sleeping habits, lack of proper skincare, etc…suddenly the skin starts showing minor signs of aging.
But, there are anti-aging treatments (along with a healthier lifestyle) you can use to protect, reduce further damage and keep your skin looking healthy.
Sign: fine lines and wrinkles get deeper or wider
Those tiny fine lines around your eyes, between your brows, or around your mouth or neck, suddenly become deeper, wider, more noticeable.
While there is a lot of contradicting information when it comes to anti-aging skincare, one thing dermatologists and plastic surgeons agree on is the rejuvenating benefits of topical retinoids and peptides to stimulate collagen, strengthen the skin, hydrate and improve the look of wrinkles and lines.
Inexpensive - Consider trying over-the-counter creams with retinoids for night time use and peptides in your daily moisturizer. Make sure you check the label to make sure the cream contains enough to be effective. You can read more at the following links.
Expensive – Botox or Dysport. Injectable neurotoxins reduce wrinkles caused by excessive facial movements that develop around the like crow’s feet, forehead, and in-between your eyebrows. The results are temporary (lasting 3-5 months), and injections must be repeated to maintain results.
Sign: enlarged pores and dull, dry skin
As we age, our skin’s ability to shed dead skin cells becomes less efficient, which results in a build-up of sticky cells on the surface, causing our complexion to look dry and dull. These dead skin cells also settle into your pores, clogging them and exaggerating their appearance.
Exfoliating your face once or twice a week will make a huge improve your complexion. After just one treatment, you’ll see brighter, more lustrous, healthy-looking skin.
Inexpensive - Home chemical peels are excellent, inexpensive choices that offer huge benefits. See which at-home chemical peels are best for hyperpigmentation, dry skin or acne / oily skin conditions.
Other great options include, at-home exfoliating solutions, natural chemical peels, and home microdermabrasion machines as well. Here are 4 "cheap" at-home solutions using juices, scrubs, and peels.
Expensive - If you have sensitive skin, or it's very congested with superficial hyperpigmentation or acne scars, you might consider getting a professional peel. Professional strength chemical peels like glycolic, TCA, and phenol peels are generally applied in-office by an aesthetician or dermatologist.
Sign: age spots, liver spots, brown spots
If you’ve ever been in the sun, you probably have a few of these solar lentigines (age spots) on your body. But, when they start to pop up on your face, now it’s a problem!
Nothing says “aging face” like liver spots marring your complexion.
To be honest, these stubborn spots are very hard to treat at home. And once you start treating them, you’ll have to extra careful with sun exposure and must ALWAYS wear sunscreen.
Inexpensive - Vitamin C serum applied daily, along with exfoliation, can help reduce the color and size of the age spots. But this will take months of treatments before you see results. You can see my results using vitamin C serum and weekly home exfoliation treatment here...
Expensive - There are so many different in-office procedures to treat hyperpigmentation. These treatments range from chemical peels, IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser resurfacing (CO2, Fraxel, Clear & Brilliant). And some – like Clear & Brilliant - have little or no downtime at all. Your dermatologist can advise you on what’s best.
Sign: loose skin and hollowness
Aside from wrinkles, lines, and sunspots, one of the prominent signs of facial aging is sagging skin and volume loss. These issues can cause hollowness under the eyes, droopy cheeks, nasal labial folds, and jowls.
Inexpensive - Facial exercise. I’m a huge proponent of face exercises for so many reasons. If done correctly, a facial exercise routine can not only help add more firmness and volume (especially to mid-face) but can help improve the tone and texture of the skin. A comprehensive face exercise program should include facial muscle building from the scalp to the neck along with skin massaging.
Expensive - Dermal fillers like Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane can restore volume throughout the face.
Sculptra seems to provide more bang for your buck because it works by stimulating your own collagen production and, therefore, can last for years. But, it can only be used in certain places of the face - like temples, mid-cheek and lower face.
Radiesse can be used as a mini-facelift since it’s a great option to use along the jaw bone (to lift sagging jowls) and cheekbones to add more volume to sagging or flat cheeks. It can last up to two years and also helps stimulate collagen.
Restylane and Juvederm, on the other hand, are softer, pliable, and can be used in small sensitive areas like nasal labial folds and lips.
Professional in-office treatments are powerful anti-aging treatments and offer fast dramatic results. But whether you should try them or not really depends on your age, your current skin condition, and, most importantly, your expectations.
While at-home treatment results are not as dramatic, they can make a difference and improve your complexion, especially if you start them early.
Regardless you should at least consider at-home treatments as preventative measure or a form of maintenance if you've had professional treatments.
NOTE: If you choose a combination of in-office and at-home treatments, make sure you speak with your doctor and let him know about your at-home skincare routine. For example, after a professional chemical peel, you shouldn’t use at-home exfoliation treatments or vitamin c or alpha hydroxy serums for about 5-7 days. Over-exfoliating can cause redness and skin sensitivity. Let how your skin feels, be your guide, and always check with your doctor.
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