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Erase those Wrinkles

Published on April 13, 2009 by

Wrinkles used to promote wisdom but in the last couple of decades people have started frowning upon them. In recent years treating wrinkles have advanced far beyond the over the counter facial cream that your local drug store used to carry. Today many products and procedures promise to reduce wrinkles. Some do little or nothing (like the products that claim they reduce “the appearance of fine lines,” which means that they don’t reduce the lines themselves). Others can achieve a fair amount of success.

With the constant exposure to the sun and elements, add to that our diet and hormonal changes in the body, such factors do contribute to the dryness, roughness, sagginess, and skin growths like keratoses as well as wrinkles.

Most wrinkles appear on the parts of the body where sun exposure is greatest. These especially include the face, neck, the backs of the hands, and the tops of the forearms. Wrinkles come in two categories: fine surface lines and deep furrows. Wrinkle treatments are in general much more effective for fine lines. Deeper creases may require more aggressive techniques, such injection of fillers or plastic surgery.

Factors that promote wrinkling include: Alcohol consumption, smoking, sun damage especially in the lighter skin type, heredity (some families wrinkle more than others), hairstyle (some styles provide cover and protection against sun damage), dress (hats, long sleeves, etc.), occupational and recreational habits (Sailing, golfing, farming, using tanning booths, and so forth)

For the majority of the factors above we are almost out of control. The only factors we are able to minimize or take measures against are smoking, alcohol consumption, and exposure to the sun.

SPF numbers on sunscreen labels refer to protection against UVB radiation (shortwave ultraviolet light, the “sunburn rays”). More and more sunscreens offer protection against UVA radiation (longer-wave ultraviolet light) as well. UVA rays are the ones you get in tanning salons; they may not cause immediate sunburn but do promote sun damage and skin cancer risk over time. (Sorry, but there is no such thing as a “safe tan.”) Sunscreens that block UVA indicate this on the label and include such ingredients as Parsol 1789. The FDA has recently approved Mexoryl, another UVA-blocking ingredient, which has been available in Europe for quite some time.

Wrinkles can be treated or prevented using topical treatments or cosmetic procedures or a combination of the two:

Topical treatments can include any one of the following: Ordinary moisturizers, vitamin A Acid (tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova), alpha-hydroxy acids, and antioxidants.

Cosmetic procedures can include the following: Glycolic acid peels, deeper peels, microdermabrasion, non-ablative laser rejuvenation, laser resurfacing, fractional resurfacing, Botox, fillers, and finally plastic surgical procedures.

A consult with a skin care specialist is always recommended in order to assess your skin condition and recommend the appropriate treatment and the in-home care.

Katy Issa
Senior Aesthetician – Aura Laser Skin Care

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