In the war against wrinkles, Botox is still the proven winner when it comes to smoothing out multiple areas of the face. While Botox is king, there are other non-injection, and cost-effective, methods that can reduce and/or prevent the development of wrinkling appearance to the skin.
Here are 5 simple efforts that you can employ right now to reduce wrinkles, especially with the onset of more outside activity compatible weather around the corner:
1.) Use Retinols Regularly
Retinols are derivatives of vitamin A, and are considered by many to be must-haves in battles against wrinkles. Retin-A is the prescription strength version, but many of its cousins in the retinol family are included in other non-prescription strength products such as Maine Laser Skin Care’s own Advanced Retinol Drops.
Retinols help prevent wrinkles by stimulating collagen production under the skin. At the same time, they increase skin cell turnover on the surface, resulting in younger-appearing and smoother skin.
2.) Protect Your Skin with Sunscreen
This recommendation is probably not a shocker to anyone who has spoken with me or read my blog over the past decade. Wearing sunscreen every single day, 365 days a year no matter what the weather forecast says, is one of the most inexpensive ways to avoid wrinkling.
Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun causes the majority of skin aging. Sun degrades collagen and directly leads to wrinkles over time.
The earlier you start using sunscreen in your life, the better it will be to maintain the youthful, undamaged skin with which you were born. We currently offer two high-grade sunscreen options that you can buy now without a prescription.
3.) Don’t Skimp On Moisturizer
Another key component of healthy skin is regular use of moisturizers. When your skin is not well hydrated, it appears dull.
Dry skin is also more likely to develop a scaly appearance and texture. When the skin looks and feels this dry, it makes wrinkles appear more prominent.
4.) Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses help prevent wrinkles in several ways. First, the skin around the eyes is thin to begin with, making it more susceptible to UV rays and their powers to induce wrinkles.
Second, if your eyes are not shaded from the sun, you are more likely to squint. Squinting eventually lead to crow’s feet lines and worsening of lines under the eyes.
Additionally, nothing is more cool looking than a great pair of sunglasses. I prefer RayBans myself.
5.) Get Regular Facials
A facial massage such as the Hydrafacial, performed by our aesthetician Denise here at Maine Laser Skin Care, is a great way to maintain and improve your skin. It improves blood flow, gently exfoliates old skin cells, and reduces tension in the facial muscles.
All these benefits strengthen the skin and reduce the chances of wrinkles forming. Facials also feel great, leaving your skin feeling and looking smoother.
I hope that these tips and product recommendations can gird you for battle against the forces of wrinkling. If you would like any further advice on treatments or products mentioned, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (207) 873-2158. Also remember that Botox and fillers are always available for those areas that need the most help.