As we age, our bodies change. Some of these changes are more obvious than others—namely the wrinkles and lines on our skin. It's natural for your skin to wrinkle over time, but it's also possible to slow or reverse the process.
Causes of Wrinkles
Virtually everything in our environment affects our bodies, and our bodies also degenerate over time. Some of the main factors are out of our control:
• Age: Our skin naturally loses elasticity over time. It also stops producing its natural oils at the same rate, resulting in skin that gets drier as we age. At the same time, the layer of fat under our skin (which makes it look plump and full) also breaks down.
• Gender: Women are actually more prone to wrinkles than men are; they have fewer sweat and sebaceous glands to lubricate the skin. They also have fewer blood vessels close to the skin's surface.
Other factors are in our control:
• UV exposure: Every day we expose our skin to harmful rays from the sun. Using a tanning bed only furthers that damage. UV light hastens the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin, making it less supple and resulting in more saggy skin.
• Smoking: Because smoking decreases blood circulation, it contributes to the breakdown of your skin.
• Repeated facial expressions: Yes, actions like smiling and squinting can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. To some extent, these actions are out of our control! But we can do things like wear sunglasses to prevent squinting.
• Diet and nutrition: Our skin needs vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to stay fresh and plump.
A poor diet can leave your skin dry, dull, and more susceptible to damage.
Treatments for Wrinkles
Your best bet is always to prevent wrinkles from occurring in the first place—wear plenty of sunscreen, eat right, and stop smoking. However, you'll never be able to halt the aging process. Instead, you can get treatments that rejuvenate your skin and reduce signs of aging.
• Laser skin rejuvenation: This procedure evens out the surface of your skin and reduces the appearance of minor wrinkles. The triniti™ Skin Series is an excellent laser skin treatment that not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles, but also corrects uneven skin tone and reduces spider veins.
• Botox injections: Botox works by temporarily weakening your facial muscles, preventing you from making the facial expressions that contribute to wrinkles.
• Dermal fillers: For filling in deeper wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the best treatment. These products, which include Restalyn and and Radiesse, are injected under the skin, giving it a new plumpness.
If you have questions about preventing or treating wrinkles, talk to a specialist with experience administering the kinds of treatments you're interested in.