Many go into panic mode when they notice their first wrinkle and don’t know what to do. The thing to remember is that it happens to all of us even though it can be a bit of a shock when you first catch sight of it in the mirror. No reason to fret as, with the right perspective, the ageing process doesn’t have to be as scary as we have been conditioned to believe.
But that being said, we understand wanting to arrest the signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, fine lines and skin laxity. To counter these inevitabilities, we have a few recommendations.
It’s different for everyone and depends on genes, lifestyle etc. Those who worshipped the sun in their teens and 20s may start to see wrinkles earlier but in most cases people start to see their first wrinkles in their mid 30s.
The Timeline when Wrinkles Start to Form
There are other factors to consider such as those are very expressive and use a lot of facial muscles. Making dramatic facial expressions and repetitive facial movements, such as squinting when the sun is out, lifting your eyebrows up, frowning, and yes smiling and laughing (but please don’t stop smiling!). At this point it’s important to differentiate between expression lines and wrinkles. Although expression lines, visible only doing the expression/movement, can lead to static lines (fine lines and wrinkles over time).
So, if you’re seeing a lot of expression lines and wrinkles in your mid twenties, they’re premature. If you’re seeing them start in your 30’s, they’re right on time. And if you’re seeing them later we’ll then you have the Holy Grail of gene pools and/or may be someone with a healthy lifestyle who takes care of their skin. (A little tip: starting early helps, As we all know prevention is better than cure!)
Simple Lifestyle Changes to Slow Down Ageing:
In the words of Baz Luhrmann ‘Wear Sunscreen’! It’s your number one defense against sun related aging. Committing to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 50 every single day and limit prolonged sun exposure can slow down the process of a fine line turning into a deep wrinkle, and the formation of future lines, sun spots, and overall laxity.
Staying hydrated inside and out is key, which means drinking water and moisturising your skin. Dehydration can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives the skin a dull look. Moisturizing the skin helps smooth wrinkles and keep the skin plump (so long as your exfoliating those dead skin cells off, as cellular renewal slows down with age).
In addition to SPF and moisturizer, it could be time to step up your skincare game. Some potent anti-aging products such as retinol, AHAs, vitamin C etc are worth incorporating into your skincare regime especially in your 30s-40s.
Retinol stimulates cell renewal and takes off dead skin cells. AHAs and Skin Peels do the same and also help to stimulate collagen synthesis which is needed to maintain skin texture and its youthful appearance. They are also great, as is Vitamin C to give a brightening effect and counter hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage.
Botox: one of the most effective fine lines and wrinkle treatments out there. If you are just starting to see movement that hasn’t turned into deep wrinkles or lines, then this is the perfect time to get Botox. If you don’t let those wrinkles ever form, you’re not going to need [as much] in the future. And you most likely won’t have those etched in static lines that Botox can’t even take care of. However, if you already have a couple of deeper wrinkles, don't despair! Fillers are also an amazing anti-aging tool that can restore lost volume to areas such as the cheeks, lips, or under eyes (tear troughs).
With the advances made in aesthetics and skin care technology, treatments such as microneedling, IPL photo rejuvenation and chemical peels are a great anti-aging tool to help combat the signs of ageing and damage from environmental and lifestyle factors.
There’s also an element of acceptance of the ageing process - there’s a certain grace that comes with that, and this combined with a healthy lifestyle etc will determine your skin condition (and mental/physical health) well into your 50s, 60s and beyond.
Yes non-surgical and surgical treatments are at hand to support with certain issues and enhance your best features etc but ultimately those can only do so much. Often it is what you feel within you that is reflected on the outside.
Our Founder Dr Amit Goyal, a GP and hence a strong advocate of a healthy lifestyle, also loves bringing his expertise to the world of Dermatalogy and Aesthetics.
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Author: Dr Amit Goyal, Aesthetic Skin Doctor at MK Aesthetics is also a well established GP Partner at a prestigious surgery in Milton Keynes with an interest in Dermatology and is the lead GP for Dermatology in Milton Keynes. He is also part of the Dermatology team at Bedford Hospital.
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