Wrinkling of the facial skin is inevitable as we age, and no matter how careful we are about taking care of our skin, winkles come to us all in the end. Despite this, people do age at different rates, with some maintaining their youthful appearance much longer than others.
This has something to do with genetic factors, but lifestyle is the most prominent factor in the rate of aging. You probably already know about the major causes of wrinkles and how to avoid them, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, unprotected sun exposure, and tanning beds, but these are not the only ways you could be increasing your chances of premature skin wrinkling.
Here are some unusual ways you could be harming your skin and accelerating aging. Already have wrinkles you would like to see go? Scroll down for anti-aging skin treatments to improve the appearance of wrinkles.
Forgetting Sun Protection—Inside
Everyone knows by now that it is not a good idea to go outside without using an adequate amount of sunscreen, but did you know that it’s also possible to accrue sun damage inside your car or home as well? Harmful UV rays can come through windows, reflecting off shiny surfaces. People who drive for a living, such as truckers, often exhibit far greater wrinkling on the left side of the face than the right, as the sun streams through the window on that side and causes significant damage.
You can protect yourself in your car and your home by investing in protective window films that block UV rays, or using sunscreen when sitting by windows. Do not forget your sunglasses out and about or in the car–they protect your eyes from UV rays and excessive squinting.
Secondhand Smoke & Pollution
Smoking is terrible for your skin, robbing it of oxygen, preventing proper circulation, constricting blood vessels, and introducing harmful toxins to the skin.
Of course, you already knew that smoking can rapidly accelerate aging, but did you know that you don’t even have to be the one smoking for the problem to affect you? Of course, it can be hard to bring up the subject to a loved one, but it’s better for all involved to become a smoke-free household.
Pollution is a factor in wrinkling that it much harder to control. Unfortunately, you cannot do much to help prevent damage from pollution; at this point you can just be aware of the potential influence it has on wrinkling.
Drinking from Water Bottles& Straws
Do you frequently drink from straws and water bottles? Do you love sipping iced coffee on your way to work? You may not want to hear this, but repeated puckering of the mouth over time can contribute to lines and wrinkles around the lips and mouth. These wrinkles are known as “dynamic” wrinkles, and are caused by repetitive facial movements. It may not be as much fun to drink from a cup, but it may be better for your skin in the long run.
Sleeping on Your Side–Or Not Enough
Getting enough sleep is important–and how you sleep is too. Sleeping on your side can cause wrinkling from the pillowcase over time. Try sleeping on your back, or with a satin pillowcase. Do not forget to try to get your eight hours a night!
Refined Flour & Sugar
Your skin is an organ, and it is exposed to both internal and external irritants on a daily basis. Diet affects almost every aspect of your health, and your skin is no exception.
Processed, refined foods like white flour and sugar are inflammatory and can encourage wrinkles to form faster, as well as contributing to obesity and other health problems. Cut back on these junk foods as much as you can–your skin might just thank you by staying younger longer.
Solutions for Facial Wrinkling
Aging may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options for slowing down the process. There are many options for facial rejuvenation available, ranging from dramatic and invasive surgical proceduresto injectable treatments that can be performed in minutes. Here are some popular ways to ditch the wrinkles for a while:
Botox & Dermal Fillers
The most popular anti-aging skin treatments on the market, Botox and dermal fillers significantly improve the appearance of dynamic or static wrinkles (depending on the product) for several months. The treatment are administered with a simple injection process and require no downtime, offering instant results.
Laser Resurfacing &Plasma Treatments
These treatments heat the layers of skin to cause the old layer of skin to peel off, revealing a fresh, new layer of skin that is smoother, healthier, and brighter. The depth of each treatment dictates how invasive and effective the procedure will be, and initial recovery can take up to 2 weeks.
A non-invasive radiowave system, Pelleve is a gentle treatment that warms the layers of skin, triggering natural responses in the body to create collagen. The extra collagen added then gradually lifts and tightens the skin for a more youthful appearance.
The best options for long-lasting, significant wrinkle improvement are surgical lifts, such as brow, eyelid, cheek, neck, or face lifts. Sometimes, combining these procedures can give you the overall results you are looking for. Each procedure has a different recovery time, and you can learn more about surgical options at a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.
Choosing Your Procedure
The aging process is unique for each person, and it can be difficult to choose the anti-aging procedure that is right for you without help.
If you need help exploring your options, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), Massachusetts, for a consultation with Dr. Stuart Bentkover, an expert, board certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Bentkover is standing by to help you look as young as you feel. Call today to schedule your consultation appointment.