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A Guide To Fighting Facial Wrinkles

A Guide To Fighting Facial WrinklesLooking for effective methods for fighting facial wrinkles? Look no further than this guide. Discover the latest tips and tricks.

As we get older, wrinkles appear all across our body. The most noticeable tend to be the ones on our face, and these tend to be the ones that many of us are most eager to get rid of. But just what is the best way to fight facial wrinkles?

Well, there are many different solutions – including preventative measures and treatments.

By understanding different types of facial wrinkles and how they form, you can fight them more effectively.

And I’m here to explain it all to you!

I’m writing this article because I am a bestselling wellness author with about 2 million books sold globally.

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I love to help people to live their healthiest, happiest and most confident lives! So I decided to put together this guide – which delves into the different types of facial wrinkles and how to fight them. 

What are the different types of facial wrinkles?

Wrinkles are most likely to form in certain parts of the face. These wrinkles each have their own names. Some of the most common wrinkles include…

  • Tear troughs: If you get regular bags under your eyes, these will turn into permanent wrinkles under the eyes known as ‘tear troughs’. These are by far one of the most common types of facial wrinkles. 
  • Crow’s feet: Wrinkles can often form by the corners of our eyes. These small lines are often called ‘crow’s feet’ because they look like the feet of a crow.
  • Forehead furrows: The deep lines that some people get on their forehead are sometimes known as forehead furrows. 
  • Marionette lines: These wrinkles start at the corners of the nose and run down to the corners of the lips. 
  • Lip lines: Another common form of wrinkles is lip lines, which typically consist of lots of small wrinkles along the lips. 

What causes facial wrinkles?

Facial wrinkles affect everyone eventually. As we get older, our skin naturally becomes dryer and less elastic. The creases that form in our skin when we make facial expressions start to become permanent as a result. Loss of fat in our face can also cause our skin to sag, causing more permanent folds of skin to appear. 

Of course, certain individual habits and lifestyle factors can cause certain facial wrinkles to appear sooner or become more prominent. Some of the habits and lifestyle factors that cause facial wrinkles include…

Being very expressive:

Some people smile, frown and raise their eyebrows more excessively than other people. This can lead to certain wrinkles developing faster. For example, laughing a lot may cause more pronounced marionette lines, while frowning excessively could lead to more prominent forehead furrows.

UV damage:

Spending too much time in the sun without sun protection or using tanning beds frequently could increase your risk of developing wrinkles faster. Excess UV rays can reduce the skin’s elasticity, causing sagging and permanent expression lines. 

Squinting:

If you spend a lot of time squinting, you could find that you develop crow’s feet faster. People who live in sunny climates and don’t wear shades often end up with very prominent crow’s feet. Not wearing prescription glasses or reading in the dark without sufficient light could also increase the risk of developing these wrinkles. 

Smoking:

Smokers often have as many wrinkles in their 40s as non-smokers in their 60s. The mixture of chemical inhaled and heat causes the skin to become less dry and elastic. The repeated action of pursing one’s lips while smoking also increases the risk of lip wrinkles (in fact, some non-smokers never get lip wrinkles).

Stress:

High amounts of cortisol (the stress hormone) in our bloodstream can lead to a breakdown in collagen within our skin. This leads to skin becoming less elastic and more easily prone to wrinkles. Forehead furrows are particularly associated with stress, as people who are stressed also tend to frown more. 

Dehydration:

If you’re often dehydrated, your skin won’t be getting the water it needs, causing it to become dryer. This can lead to wrinkles forming sooner. Heavy drinking is a big cause of frequent dehydration.

Lack of sleep:

If you’re regularly sleep deprived, you could also find that you develop wrinkles sooner. Although not the only cause, development of tear troughs can often be due to frequent puffy eyes caused by lack of sleep. Stress caused by lack of sleep can also contribute to facial wrinkles.

What are some different ways to treat wrinkles?

Many types of wrinkles can be treated nowadays, providing that they are not too prominent. There are a few different wrinkles treatments that you can explore – some of which are more expensive or more invasive than others. Generally the more expensive and the more invasive, the more drastic and permanent the results will be. It depends on what forms of treatment you feel comfortable trying. Below are a few of the most common wrinkle treatments.

Retinoids

Of all the skin products that claim to reduce wrinkles, retinoids are the most effective. These vitamin-A-based serums and gels help to reduce wrinkles by boosting production of collagen. They are a non-invasive and cheap remedy to ageing skin that you can try at home, however they tend to only work on very fine wrinkles.

Laser treatment

Laser skin resurfacing (also known as photorejuvenation) is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a laser to remove the outermost layers of skin. This encourages new healthy skin to grow beneath. Such treatment can be used to reduce many fine wrinkles on the face. However, it is not cheap – expect to pay upwards of $1000 for a single treatment. 

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is similar to laser treatment in that it involves removing the outermost layer of skin, however a specialist abrasive tool is used to essentially ‘sand’ off the skin instead of using a laser. Microdermabrasion is a variation that is more gentle (although in both cases the area is numbed first). This treatment is effective at reducing fine lines and usually costs upwards of $500.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels also work by removing the outermost layer of skin. This treatment can be used to remove various different levels of wrinkles – including some deep wrinkles. Unfortunately, chemical peel treatment can be quite costly, often costing more than $1000 for a medium chemical peel and more than $2500 for a deep chemical peel. 

Botox

Botox injections can help to relax muscles and smooth out lines in the skin. With the help of an expert in botox treatment, it’s possible to target specific wrinkles caused by facial expressions such as crows feet and forehead furrows. Such treatments are very affordable compared to other cosmetic procedures. However, results are not permanent – you can expect a botox injection to last around 3 to 4 months. 

Fillers

Whereas botox injections simply relax the skin, dermal fillers involve injecting a substance into the skin to fill it out. Fillers are better at dealing with static wrinkles like tear troughs rather than dynamic wrinkles caused by expressions. These last longer than botox injections – about 6 to 18 months on average – but are more expensive than botox on average. 

Surgery

Various surgical procedures performed by a plastic surgeon can help to remove wrinkles – include many of the deepest wrinkles. Examples include facelifts, brow lifts and blepharoplasties. While the most effective option, these are the most expensive and invasive forms of treatment. They also carry more risks, although these can be reduced by finding a good surgeon.

How can you prevent facial wrinkles?

You cannot hold off wrinkles forever. However, you can prevent them from developing as early or from being as pronounced. Prevention measures can save you money on future treatments, while often improving the general health of your skin – and, in some cases, the rest of your body. Some of the most effective ways to delay wrinkles are listed below. 

Use moisturizer

Our skin produces less oils as we get older, which contributes to dryer skin and more wrinkles. Using moisturiser every day can help to replace these lost oils and make the skin more supple – helping to ward off wrinkles. 

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking could help to prevent development of lip wrinkles as well as other facial wrinkles by reducing collagen breakdown. Vaping is unfortunately not a suitable substitute when it comes to reducing wrinkles as it is likely to have many of the same effects. 

Drink less alcohol

Heavy drinking can contribute to dehydrated skin, increasing the development of various wrinkles. By drinking less alcohol, you can keep your skin more regularly hydrated, helping to keep your skin more elastic. 

Maintain a healthy diet

By maintaining a healthy diet, you can ensure that you consume plenty of nutrients that are important for your skin. Fatty fish, citric fruit, leafy greens and nuts are some of the best foods for our skin.  

Stick to fake tan

A fake tan won’t result in harmful UV rays entering your skin. It’s a far healthier way to change the pigment of your skin than sunbathing or using a sunbed. 

Wear the right eyewear

Wearing the right eyewear will stop you from squinting and prevent the development of crow’s feet. This includes wearing shades in bright and sunny environments, and wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses if you have sight problems. 

Take time to destress

Taking time to destress at the end of each day could help to protect your skin from wrinkles by lowering cortisol levels. Activities like listening to music, taking a hot bath and meditating are great ways to destress. 

Get enough sleep

You could also delay tear troughs and other facial wrinkles by regularly getting more than 6 hours of sleep per night. Consider whether there are any ways in which you can increase your amount of sleep to save your skin. 

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