“Getting older is inevitable, aging is optional,” said Dr. Christiane Northrup. She was right. You can’t stop the inevitable, but you don’t have to look your age either.
“Growing older and aging are not synonymous,” Northrup explained. “You can live [with vibrancy and radiance] no matter what your chronological age is.” It’s just a number, after all.
Want to look as young as you feel? You’ve come to the right place. Here are five ways to reduce your wrinkles and reverse aging.
1. Reduce Lines and Wrinkles
The first signs of aging are subtle, but they can sneak up on you. A lifetime of smiles and laughter creates crinkles around your mouth. Crow’s feet become etched in the corner of your eyes.
A dermatologist can treat your lines and wrinkles with an injectable neurotoxin. The procedure is simple, the injection is virtually painless, and the effects are quick – three to five days.
Laser resurfacing is more involved because it requires some downtime after the procedure. It improves your skin by removing damaged cells and boosting natural healing.
2. Reduce Skin Pigmentation
Years of sun exposure can cause sunspots, a dead giveaway of your age. To treat them, use antioxidant creams that promote collagen production and cell growth.
Light therapy is another effective treatment for skin pigmentation. It targets dark areas on the skin to create a more even skin tone. Special exfoliating treatments infuse the skin hydrating serums to help with discolored areas.
3. Rejuvenate Your Skin
As you age, your face loses fat and your skin starts to “drape.” Dermal fillers rejuvenate facial skin. They smooth wrinkles, add volume and improve scars.
These injectable gels can rejuvenate your cheeks, temples, chin or lips. What’s more, there is little downtime.
Fat transfer is a new trend in facial fillers. A cosmetic surgeon removes unwanted fat from one area of the body using liposuction. The cells are then transferred to certain areas of the face. Edelstein Cosmetic offers fat grafting in Toronto, Canada. Because it is surgery, the downtime is longer. But the results are worth it.
4. Exfoliate Your Skin
Regular exfoliation is essential to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. Combining exfoliating cleansers with exfoliating facial treatments can give you the best results.
Dermalplaning uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead or damaged skin cells. It aims to remove small wrinkles and peach fuzz as well as acne scarring. Your skin will glow afterward, and you can return to your normal routine immediately.
5. Practice Healthy Skin Habits
Many things cause your skin to age besides that number you call your age. There are some things you can’t do anything about. Others you have some influence over.
The American Academy of Dermatology says natural aging plays a key role in your appearance. But there are things you can do to reduce premature aging.
Protect your skin from the sun with hats, clothing, and sunscreen. Stop smoking, drink less alcohol, and eat a healthy diet. Get regular exercise and plenty of sleep.
Avoid repetitive facial expressions and wear sunglasses outside. Cleanse your face daily, moisturize it, and stop using products that sting your skin.
“Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value,” said Northrup.
It’s never too late to make lifestyle changes, even if your face shows age. If aging skin bothers you, see a dermatologist. There are many ways to reduce wrinkles and reverse aging, and you’re bound to find something that works for you.