We all want to age gracefully, but genetics, environment, and poor decisions in our youth (Partying too hard? Tanning too often? Not getting enough sleep.) can all lead to us looking older than our actual age. Usually, this aging process first appears as wrinkles that then deepen and spread throughout your face. So yes, we want to age gracefully, but we’d like to do it slowly and not look any older than the date on our driver’s license. Here are some of the best skin treatments for wrinkles — from least invasive to most invasive.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
The appearance of wrinkles may sometimes look worse due to dryness. Anyone who has ever lived through cold, dry winters knows that your skin can crack, peel, and flake. You probably notice it most after taking a shower, when your skin is the driest.
Hyaluronic acid can help moisturize and plump dry skin. Apply a few drops of this serum to your face and you should notice fine lines disappearing and your skin softening. To complement this treatment, make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day.
Skin Resurfacing Treatments
There are many skin resurfacing treatments out there, from chemical peels to laser treatments to microdermabrasion. All of these processes remove the outer layer of skin on your face to reveal new, undamaged skin.
During the healing process, you’ll want to stay out of the sun. Your face might get red, hot, and blotchy (Remember Samantha from Sex in the City?) but once all that passes, you’ll see that new skin glow start to show through. Since skin resurfacing treatments are non-surgical, there is no downtime and you don’t need to miss work to look younger.
Argireline (synthetic snake venom)
If you don’t like needles in your face, but you want the paralyzing effects of Botox to help smooth out wrinkles, try an Argireline cream. This synthetic snake venom gently paralyzes the muscles of your face, lessening wrinkles and smoothing out your skin.
Botox is one of the most popular treatments to quickly smooth wrinkles. Since this procedure involves injecting your face with botulinum, make sure that you find a board-certified plastic surgeon. You’ll see results instantly, though it may take a few days for the swelling to go down. The effects last 3-4 months before you’ll need to go back for more injections.
Some people have noticed that the second dose lasts longer than the first, so if you’re not happy with the results the first time, don’t give up! Talk to your doctor about a second treatment.
Dermal fillers are the most permanent way to plump your skin and get rid of wrinkles. Fillers are gel-like substances that a board-certified plastic surgeon injects under your wrinkles or in your lips.
Ones that are made of hyaluronic acid are absorbed by your body over time, so results last about 18 months. This is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to fully commit to a “filler look.” Fat injections are the most permanent. There are also other options in between such as calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Once again, your doctor should be able to advise you about which filler is the right one for you.