Can you reverse wrinkled skin? In a short answer, yes. But it probably won’t be a complete elimination. With all the products advertised, wrinkle repair seems equally familiar and confusing.
Getting a handle on your wrinkles starts with learning how they form and proactive ways to prevent them. Here are some ways to reverse aging naturally and treatments you can try if other methods aren’t working.
How to Get Rid of Wrinkles on Your Face
Wrinkles are one of the first visible signs of aging. At first, they aren’t very noticeable. However, they become more deeply etched with time and can affect your appearance and self-confidence. Thankfully, many solutions treat wrinkles and improve your skin’s texture.
Many people want to know how to get rid of wrinkles around their eyes, mouth and forehead. Here are the most effective ways to reverse these pesky lines.
- Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen can protect your skin from damage and signs of aging. For best protection, your sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30.
- Moisturizer: Another way to prevent wrinkles from showing up is to use a moisturizer on your face and body. The best time to apply these products is immediately after washing, when your skin is most absorbent.
- Exfoliants: Removing dead skin cells from your face will reveal healthier new ones and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Add an exfoliating cream to your daily routine to reverse wrinkles.
- Microneedling: This treatment works below the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping out wrinkles and improving your complexion. Microneedling is an excellent solution for smoother, healthier skin because it encourages your body’s natural healing process.
- Retinol-A: Topical creams with this ingredient take time to work, but can be highly effective at reducing wrinkles.
- Filler: A quicker solution for wrinkles is an injectable filler. Fillers add volume by filling in the space underneath wrinkles. Though they’re effective and provide nearly immediate results, they aren’t permanent and require periodic touch-up appointments for smoother skin.
- Botox: This treatment temporarily paralyzes the muscles that allow you to make repetitive facial expressions like frowning and squinting. It’s FDA-approved for treating crow’s feet, forehead furrows and glabellar lines, with effects that last an average of three to six months for most people.
- Balanced diet: Consuming plenty of healthy fats as part of a balanced diet will improve your skin’s texture. Changing your diet can especially help with wrinkles caused by gravity.
- Plastic surgery: Surgical interventions like facelifts and brow lifts are ideal for reversing more advanced signs of aging. A qualified plastic surgeon can explain your options based on your unique situation.
Wrinkles may bother you, but there are ways to minimize them. With the proper treatment and some patience, you can reverse wrinkles and restore your skin’s youthful, healthy appearance.
Why Do Wrinkles Form?
Wrinkles are a fact of life, but you may have noticed everyone around you ages at different rates. That’s because various conditions contribute to wrinkle formation, and you can only control some of them. Here are six leading causes of wrinkles.
As your skin gets older, you will naturally notice more wrinkles forming. Aging skin creates less oil, which is an essential element in youthful skin. In addition to having less oil, older skin is also less elastic. It takes longer to heal from sunburns, scratches and other types of damage. Though you can’t stop time from marching on, people who take good care of their skin tend to look younger for longer.
2. Sun Exposure
Though being out in nature can boost your mood, while you’re soaking in all those warm rays, you’re also advancing your skin’s aging process. The ultraviolet rays produce free radicals that attack your skin at the cellular level. Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure causes wrinkles and uneven pigmentation that prematurely age you.
Smoking is an unhealthy habit for many reasons — notably, it is also a prime wrinkle contributor. Exposure to smoke dehydrates your skin, but nicotine consumption does the real damage. With consistent nicotine use, the blood vessels in the outer layer of your skin tend to narrow. Over time, the slowing of oxygen and nutrients to the surface of your skin results in wrinkles.
The amount of water you drink affects your skin health. When you don’t drink enough water, your skin can experience cell damage from dehydration. Your body needs water to grow new cells and nourish itself. Excessive dryness can wrinkle your skin faster, which is why people with oily, hydrated skin tend to have fewer wrinkles as they age.
5. Sugar Consumption
It is a recently documented fact that sugar triggers the production of advanced glycation end product in your bloodstream. AGE damages specific proteins in your body, including two that your skin needs to remain plump and firm. The sugar you eat kills the collagen and elastin in your skin, promoting wrinkles and an aged appearance.
Yes, you can blame your parents for your premature aging. Though several other factors can come into play, the timing of wrinkle development is partially hereditary, as is your skin’s overall condition. While you can’t change your genetics, they can help you predict when wrinkles will appear, and you can take proactive steps to stop them from forming.
Types of Wrinkles
Most people would say there are only two types of wrinkles — the ones you have and the ones you will have. However, dermatologists divide wrinkles into four categories based on their location and depth.
1. Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids
These tiny wrinkles look like parallel lines. They appear on your face and other areas of your body due to certain static positions. Younger, healthier skin bounces back from these positional wrinkles, but as your skin ages, it loses that ability. That means the wrinkles remain visible even when your face is at rest. Pulling on your skin with your hands can stretch out the wrinkles, but they reappear when you let go.
Many women develop atrophic crinkling rhytids on their chest from a consistent sleeping position. The weight of their breasts wrinkles the skin above the cleavage, and in time, the wrinkles remain visible even when they are sitting up.
Atrophic crinkling rhytids can be challenging to reverse. Some of the best treatment options for them include sunscreen, moisturizer and exfoliants. Good hydration can also help with these wrinkles. Another good option is microneedling, which helps your body produce more collagen.
2. Permanent Elastic Creases
Permanent elastic creases result from a lack of collagen. They are horizontal wrinkles that tend to appear at the base of your neck. You may also notice them on your cheeks and upper lip.
Repeated actions that fold your skin, like “tech neck,” can eventually create permanent elastic creases. Sun exposure and smoking accelerate these wrinkles’ formation.
Good treatment options for permanent elastic creases include wearing sunscreen and microneedling. While sunscreen can prevent these wrinkles, microneedling can reverse them by encouraging your skin to produce more collagen and elastin. Moisturizer can also help.
3. Dynamic Expression Lines
Your skin folds when you move your facial muscles to create a smile, frown or another expression. As you age and your skin’s condition diminishes due to a depletion of collagen and elastin, those wrinkles become permanently visible on your face.
You may have 11 lines between your eyebrows, or crow’s feet branching out from the corners of your eyes. This type of wrinkle is almost always asymmetrical, since your facial muscles tend to be stronger on one side.
Dynamic expression lines are challenging to treat because they’re a natural result of aging. One treatment for these is Botox, which can’t permanently eliminate these wrinkles but can minimize them. Microneedling can also help by increasing collagen production.
4. Gravitational Folds
In time, all skin can succumb to the pull of gravity. Without structural support from collagen, skin can begin to fold down over itself. Gravitational folds are usually most noticeable in the upper eyelids as they encroach on the eyes. You might also develop deep folds that run from the outer edge of each nostril toward the corners of the mouth.
Skin aging and wrinkles result from a lack of collagen and elastin. Over time, skin naturally loses its resilience. However, health conditions and environmental impact can accelerate this process. The skin’s texture changes with cell damage and a lack of moisture, so when there is nothing to plump out those creases, they remain visible as wrinkles.
There are many treatment options for gravitational folds. You can use fillers and microneedling to create more plumpness in your skin. Another option is to pursue surgery like a facelift or neck lift. Taking good care of your body and bone health can also reduce the impact of gravitational wrinkles.
Reverse Your Wrinkles With Synergy Wellness
Many over-the-counter wrinkle treatments are available, but figuring out which solutions are effective can be tricky. With professional guidance, you can choose the best wrinkle treatment for you and know the results you can expect before you start.
When you consult a professional for help with your wrinkles, you also have more treatments available. Some of the more potent topicals are prescription-only, and injectable treatments are unsafe for home use. Additionally, dermatologists and other skin care professionals are the exclusive source for medical-grade moisturizers and sunscreens.
If you want to learn more about reversing wrinkles, contact Synergy Wellness Center to see how our medical aesthetics procedures can help restore your appearance and maintain a youthful look.