When you feel 25 on the inside, you want to look 25 on the outside too! Unfortunately, your skin often has other ideas, and life can take its toll in the form of wrinkles, ‘crows’ feet’ and laughter lines. Although the gurus of the beauty industry can’t reverse the effects of aging completely for you, they can certainly help to slow down the process.
Here are some options you might want to consider that will keep you looking gorgeous into your fifties and beyond.
Topical retinoid is a substance commonly used by doctors to treat teenage acne. It’s derived from vitamin A, and is routinely included in skin rejuvenation creams and anti-wrinkle serums. Topical retinoid is extremely effective at reducing visible skin blemishes, coarse skin texture and discolouration.
However, topical retinoid can leave your skin prone to sun damage so always protect yourself with a good quality, high factor sunscreen. Make sure you carry out a skin test somewhere inconspicuous before using a new treatment on your whole face. Retinoids can cause stinging and itching sensations as well as dehydration of the skin, so always proceed with caution.
Dermabrasion treatment is a semi-surgical procedure that you’ll have at a skin clinic or in hospital as an outpatient.
The clinician uses a rough wire brush or diamond wheel to remove the upper layers of the skin. The rapidly rotating brush abrades and evens out the skin, making the tissue bleed. As part of the healing process, new skin cells grow in place of those that were effectively damaged during treatment.
Although complete healing can take a few months, the final result is often pretty spectacular and you’ll end up looking at least 10 years younger.
If dermabrasion sounds a little too radical, you could consider microdermabrasion instead. This procedure employs a vacuum suction system to apply aluminum oxide crystals which gently exfoliate and smooth your skin. Although the effect is immediate, you’ll need to undergo repeat treatments to keep your skin looking young.
Laser wrinkle removal
Laser treatment is very effective in the removal of facial wrinkles; even deep smoker’s lines, ‘lipstick’ lines and frown lines can be dramatically reduced. It’s also a very quick procedure that can take just 30 minutes, and recovery is complete within a couple of days.
Brief pulses of extremely fine laser light are fired into the outer layers of the skin to penetrate the deeper tissues where your wrinkles originate. The laser stimulates the skin to produce elastin and collagen; the substances that keep your skin flexible and wrinkle-free. Any older, damaged tissues are removed and replaced with smoother, younger-looking skin.
Dermal fillers are a very popular treatment for wrinkles. The deep lines on your face are injected with a mixture of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fat which plumps up the skin and softens the lines leaving a more youthful-looking skin. Although recovery time is very quick, dermal filler treatment does need repeating every two months or so.
A word of caution; always use an experienced and reputable clinic for dermal filler treatment. There have been some horror stories where fillers have gone wrong.
If you want a long-lasting skin treatment that won’t need ‘topping up’ every few months, look no further than the traditional face-lift. This is a surgical procedure that will be carried out in hospital by a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon.
The surgeon will begin by making an incision in your hairline, just in front of the ear. The incision is extended downwards in front of the ear, then upwards again behind it ending in the hair. Fatty tissue is removed from the underlying muscle and connective tissue, and the skin tightened to correct sagginess. The remaining skin is pulled up and back and any excess removed.
Although this is an expensive treatment and recovery is lengthy and painful, a good face-lift will last you at least 10 years and the effect can be stunning.
There are many options available these days for thriving cougars who wish to turn back time. If you decide to opt for anything other than an over-the-counter serum or cream, always consult a qualified reputable cosmetic surgeon before taking a more radical route.
What was your experience using a more radical route to anti-aging?