Let’s be honest -- the appearance of those first few fine lines and wrinkles can put a damper on any woman’s mood. One day you're as fresh as a peach, the next you're peering in shock at the person in the mirror. But you don’t have to take wrinkles lying down – there are many steps that can help you to achieve a fresher appearance. If you’re going to fight for your smooth skin, you may as well deliver a knockout punch. Learn a few tricks and show those wrinkles who’s boss.
Retinol is a vitamin-A derivative that increases the skin's production of collagen, the protein that keeps the skin elastic and fights against the sagging that forms wrinkles. Retinol can be found in over-the-counter and prescription forms and is most effective when used daily and as directed. Patience is needed when using retinol products, as it can take up to six months to notice a difference in your skin and wrinkles can form again if you stop using the product. Retinol can cause skin irritation, though this usually diminishes over time, and while prescription retinols are stronger and act faster, they can cause the most irritation. Consult with your doctor to determine which form of retinol is right for you.
Avoid UV Rays
Several studies show that overexposure to the sun is a major cause of wrinkles. Facts are that when you're outside you should wear a sunscreen -- this doesn’t mean that you should just slather on sunscreen before you hit the beach. Even when the day is gray, the sun is hovering just behind that cloud cover, zapping you with UV rays. Purchase a daily moisturizer with a built-in SPF to shield your skin from UV rays throughout the year. For even stronger sun-fighting power, use a moisturizer with an SPF and antioxidants.
You can help your skin every time you place food into your mouth. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids naturally plump your skin. Soy and vitamin C both aid in counteracting the effects of sun damage, while cocoa helps to hydrate and smooth the skin. Upping your intake of foods high in antioxidants -- like blueberries, kidney beans and cranberries -- will help to reverse damage made by free radicals.
Apply Vitamin C To The Face
Vitamin C is a marvel -- and not only when eaten in food form. When applied in topical form the vitamin reverses the effects of UV rays and free-radical skin damage and helps to smooth out your skin. It’s also a skin brightener and reduces the appearance of sunspots. Vitamin C comes in serums that can produce distinctive results when applied daily to your face.
A doctor can also treat your wrinkles with a chemical peel or a microdermabrasion treatment. Both techniques remove a layer of skin from your face, exposing a newer, fresher layer and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. There is a varying amount of pain and healing time involved with the treatments, though patients heal more quickly with the microdermabrasion treatments. If you’d rather not go to such extreme measures, exfoliate your skin at home twice a week with one of the many simple scrubs that you can find at any drugstore or beauty store.
Fillers and Botox
Your dermatologist can familiarize you with the several different types of fillers and their different uses -- generally, wrinkle fillers include either hyaluronic acid, collagen or another synthetic compound. Botox must be administered by a doctor, who injects the Botox into parts of the facial muscles which then freeze, thus diminishing wrinkles. This can be a fairly expensive wrinkle-reducing option, costing as much as $600. Also, the process isn't permanent, so you’ll have to receive a new treatment at least every six months to maintain your appearance as desired.