Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Preventing And Treating Wrinkles

by Hugh Larson

Wrinkles are perfectly normal as you age, but many people dislike the way wrinkles make them look. If you are tired of your wrinkly skin, there are plenty of methods (ranging from lifestyle changes to surgical procedures) that can help you to regain a youthful appearance. Here are some of the options available for you to reduce and prevent wrinkles.

1. Protect Yourself from the Sun

Most people would say that the main cause of wrinkles is aging, but it is actually prolonged exposure to the sun. The sun's ultraviolet rays damage your skin, leading to a wrinkly appearance. You don't have to stay out of the sun, but you should take protective measures when you are outside. Always wear sunscreen on any exposed areas. Wearing a hat is also a good way to protect your face from the sun's rays.

2. Wear Sunglasses When Outside

Do you ever squint to try to see things when it is bright outside? This repeated squinting can cause you to develop wrinkles around your eyes. Pick up a good pair of sunglasses to make it easier for you to see without squinting when it is bright outside. The same applies to squinting to see indoors- if you are squinting a lot when you try to read things, try getting some reading glasses.

3. Quit Smoking

Did you know that smoking can impair blood flow to your skin and damage your collagen? The heat close to your face can also contribute to faster wrinkle growth. If you want to keep your skin safe from premature wrinkling, drop the cigarettes as soon as possible.

4. Change Your Diet

There are several different foods you can add to your diet that can help keep your skin smooth. Blueberries, tomatoes, red peppers, and kale are some great examples; the fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants that are great for your skin. Salmon can also help because of the omega-3 fatty acids it contains.

5. Sleep On Your Back, Not Your Side

When you sleep on your side or on your stomach, your pillow can push up against your face. Withstanding this pressure for prolonged periods of time can cause your face to develop wrinkles. By sleeping on your back, you can prevent this facial compression that leads to premature wrinkling.

6. Get Botox Treatment

Botox is one treatment option for wrinkles that have already become advanced. Botox treatment involves having a chemical, called botulinum toxin A, injected into your skin. This toxin causes wrinkles to fade for about six months, at which point the treatment must be repeated.

7. Get a Facelift

If you are frustrated with how frequently you need to have Botox repeated for the best results, you may be happier with a facelift surgery. A facelift is a surgical procedure in which your surgeon cuts into the skin on your face and lifts it up, giving you a more youthful appearance. You will need to be sedated for the procedure, and there can be a small recovery time during which you might experience pain or swelling.

While a facelift is a great option for removing wrinkles you already have, it cannot prevent further aging of the skin. In order to keep the youthful appearance you have after the procedure, you will need to use the previously mentioned preventative measures to fight off future wrinkles.

There is nothing wrong with having wrinkles, but there is nothing wrong with preferring not to have them, either. These different methods can help you to reduce the wrinkles you have and prevent further ones from developing, allowing you to hang on to your youthful appearance for as long as possible.


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.