Let’s face it, those fine lines that accumulate on your face as you get older don’t really do much to enhance your appearance. Most of us would love to get rid of them, or at least soften them up a bit, but not too many of us want to succumb to costly surgery in order to do it. Luckily, there are a few anti aging skin treatments that don’t involve a surgeon or a scalpel.
The less invasive of these treatments are surface treatments. That means they are applied topically, so they are usually in the form of creams or gels. Although you do need a dermatologist prescription to get them, you can apply them yourself at home. There are no needles involved and they don’t hurt. What could be easier than that?
One of the most popular of these is Retin-A. This has been used by dermatologists or decades and has good results on fading wrinkles and clearing up blotchy areas caused by damage from the sun. It is also quite commonly used on teenagers to reduce acne. This is a cream that is applied in a small bad on your face before you go to bed. Typical treatments include applying it every night for some extended period – 8 months or a year and then using it only a couple of times a week thereafter. You might experience itching, dryness, or stinging at first but this usually goes away after you have used the product for a while.
Glycolic acid treatments have also been in use for some time to help rejuvenate the skin. This exfoliates the skin, removing the dead outer layer and revealing the fresh layers underneath. For this reason, you must be careful about getting sun exposure if you are using glycolic acid as your skin will be extra sensitive.
Like Retin-A, glycolic acid treatments are applied topically typically before you go to bed. There are different “strengths” of glycolic acid and your dermatologist will likely start you off on a mild dose and you can work your way up.
Both of these treatments are effective, but don’t expect them to work overnight. They will take months to improve your skin, although you may see your overall appearance improving in as little as 4 weeks.
If you want something that improves the look of your skin overnight, you’ll need to turn to some more drastic anti aging skin treatments.
For more immediate results, you can go to your dermatologists office and have something called microdermabrasion. This actually involves a machines that will exfoliate your skin through gentle abrasion and suction. It’s painless, takes about 30 minutes and lets you go back to your normal routine right after. Microdermabrasion can help reduce fine lines, get rid of hyper pigmentation, blemishes and stretch marks as well as leave your skin with a health glow.
Laser skin resurfacing is another option, but to explore it in depth is a topic for another article. There are actually different types of laser resurfacing some that improve your complexion by vaporizing blemishes and some that actually help to stimulate collagen and elastin production (two of the elements that keep your skin looking young). The thing about laser skin resurfacing is that it is quite expensive – and it hurts! Plus you will need a few recovery days as your skin will look unsightly after the treatment.
These Anti Aging Skin Treatments can help you shave off years without having to undergo anything invasive like needles or surgery and can be a wise addition to your skin care regimen and to help you age gracefully.