Wrinkles are such a woe to every woman (and man). Character lines, they say. Well, it’s great to be optimistic but given a choice of ‘character lines’ over smooth and youthful skin, we can safely assume that the latter wins more votes. Of course, ageing is inevitable but pre-mature ageing is not. If you already have in mind to decelerate the signs of ageing, then you are on the right track towards ageing gracefully, and beautifully. As for options for treating wrinkles, they are a-plenty. From anti-oxidizing asparagus to hi-tech apparatus, we’ve listed them all here for you to decide which is best for your skin. Ready? Let’s go!
Super Foods for Wrinkles Reduction
"You are what you eat."
So true. Skin too needs specific nutrition, vitamins and minerals to keep wrinkles at bay. Here are the top six foods to be included in every woman’s diet if they yearn for youthful-looking wrinkle-free skin.
First up – Nuts!
Almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios and their nutty friends are all great sources of Vitamin E; Vitamin E increases hydration in skin, giving it the moisture it needs. Certain nuts like walnuts, contain anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain Omega 3 that strengthens the membranes of skin cells. Contrary to common perception that peanuts are the weakest of the lot because of how common it sounds -- ‘peanuts’ -- they actually contain Vitamin B3 otherwise known as Niacin, an anti-ager that keeps wrinkles and fine lines away.
Turmeric to Stimulate Growth of New Skin
This dark yellow root vegetable
is a super powerful antioxidant that has long been touted in certain communities as the secret to everlasting beauty. What it actually does is it obstructs the production of free radicals, shielding your skin cells from potential damage. That, and the fact that it stimulates the growth of new skin cells, make it a favorite herb among health and beauty seekers.
Pomegranate for Supple Skin
There are fruits rich in Vitamin C (kiwi, oranges, grapefruit etc) and then there are pomegranates. The latter is a powerhouse of a fruit containing active compounds that kick-starts the production of collagen and elastin. And wherever there are collagen and elastin, there will be plump and supple skin. Hurrah!
Green Tea to Battle Wrinkles
Also stimulating growth of new skin cells is the
ever popular green tea, known for its countless benefits for overall health. It is chock-full of anti-ageing antioxidants that battle wrinkles and speed up the rate at which old cells are replaced by new ones. *The green tea fad makes it a popular flavor in almost everything these days but for pure potency, drink the tea!
Berries for Anti-oxidation
Berries are known for their richness in anti-oxidant properties (yes, folks. Oxidation is your worst enemy when it comes to premature ageing). Blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries -- they hate free radicals and go all out to protect your skin against the ageing effects of the sun. And the list goes on to include olive oil, asparagus, avocado and green veg like broccoli and spinach. No trans-fat. No processed foods. Cut down sugar and salt. Basically, what you normally would eat for the health of your body would be just as beneficial if you eat for your skin. Everybody wins.
Apparatus and Gadgets to Reduce Wrinkles
Machines that iron out wrinkles and fine lines -- well, why not? Technology is pushing everything to the forefront these days including the mechanics of skincare. On that note, here are some of the latest anti-wrinkle gadgets in the market today.
Portable Skin-tightening Device
This device basically uses radio frequency to reduce wrinkles and firm up sagging skin. On average, it takes eight weeks to see results but some claim to have seen positive changes after only two sessions. It is a powerful high frequency machine not much different from the ones used in beauty centres. For being a portable item, this isn’t battery-operated. It needs to be plugged into an electric socket.
Portable Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is said to improve the skin by boosting the production of natural collagen and elastin. This device produces this type of red light which is then absorbed by the skin, making it firmer and shrinking lines so they look less visible. It can also decrease the appearance of wrinkles around your mouth and forehead.
A battery-operated exfoliator comes with a fine bristled brush that rotates as you hold it against your skin. For sensitive skin, this may be a little discomforting but it is very effective for deep cleansing even when using a mild cleanser. The deep-cleansing action erases fine lines and lessens the visibility of wrinkles.
Mobile Laser Treatments
Tiny anti-aging laser beams penetrate the skin tissues just below the top layer. The user feels a warm sensation to the skin. This is because collagen are being burnt. What gives? No worries. When this happens, your body’s natural healing process will encourage the production of new collagen which fills out fine lines and wrinkles. Everybody wins again! All of the above are devices for home use, inspired by equipment at beauty centres. Machines may sound aggressive but they can certainly help with anti-ageing issues. Here’s another way to treat wrinkles -- Beaubelle’s power facials that are specifically created for anti-ageing. One -- Beaubelle Golden Bird Nest Facial features an exotic mix of carbohydrate, glycoprotein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, iodine and vitamins that nourishes the skin and replenishes its moisture content. The restorative nature of this facial fights skin ageing and accelerates skin repair.
Two -- Beaubelle O2 Skin Fitness Face Spa revives cellular metabolism and reverses ageing due to slackened connective skin tissues. Utilizing Beaubelle’s signature Super Oxygen skincare formula, oxygen revitalizes cells, boosts collagen and elastin as well as reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
There are two types of wrinkles, namely dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. The former is a result of repeated facial movements such as frowning while the latter are lines that form because of the natural loss of elastin and collagen. For both types of wrinkles, a few changes to your everyday habit can help erase the lines, or keep the lines far away from you for as long as possible.
What not to eat when you’re in anti-ageing mode is trans fats because they cause inflammation. Ageing is actually a chronic inflammatory state. Yes, you can look older by eating the wrong foods. We discussed what you need to eat for great skin. It’s time to put that into action.
Staying up late at night means you are not giving your skin the rest that it needs. Skin makes new collagen when you sleep. When you don’t get your eight hours of beauty sleep, or at the very least, six hours, you may find your skin dry and sagging.
Given! Please consider this seriously. Oops. Don’t consider. By any means, just quit. Smoking dries up your skin, causing more wrinkles. Compare two persons of the same age, where one smokes and the other doesn’t. Notice the main difference. The smoker looks haggard and tired while the one who doesn’t smoke has a fresher look!
The best workout for wrinkle treatment is cardio. Cardio slows down the signs of ageing while endurance and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) which should be carried out at least 150 to 300 minutes of per week.
This one should never ever ever be skipped. It is the UV rays that lets out free radicals that attack good cells. We suggest you carry a small sun screen with you because sunscreen requires reapplication. You have to do what you have to do or the wrinkles will not be strapped dry again.
If you are not eating well, then it would be better for you to take supplements such as the essential amino acid, lysine, Vitamin C to help build the necessary proteins. Supplements can also help in collagen and elastin production, making fines lines and wrinkles look less visible thus lending you a more youthful glow. Selenium and lycopene are also great anti-oxidants that fights off premature ageing.
Less Alcohol, More Water
Eight glasses of water still stands if you want to hydrate your skin properly. Reduce your alcohol intake because it dehydrates the skin causing premature ageing, with wrinkles and all.
Getting Rid of Wrinkles with Scalpels and Needles
There are shortcuts to getting rid of wrinkles and lines and they usually involve extreme measures with knives, needles and scalpels. There are also shortcuts that are somewhat acceptable such as the use of fillers, peels and lasers. Let’s take a look at what’s out there.
This is a plastic surgery procedure where the skin is pulled to look firmer. Every patient goes to the plastic surgeon and asks to look natural post-surgery. From before and after pictures that floods the internet, suddenly they all look quite alike. Lifted eye brows, lifted eyes and skin with an unnatural sheen. It rids the face of wrinkles, but not without pain involving incisions and stretching of the skin. This is an extreme treatment for wrinkles. As with all open surgeries, there is always a risk of infection. So all we have to say here is, to each its own.
The method is injection but the contents of the syringe could be one of two – facial fillers or Botox. The latest facial filler is a non-animal product, is a biodegradable gel made up of hyaluronic acid and collagen. Another is a soft tissue dermal filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections. This smoothens facial folds and wrinkles in the areas around the mouth and eyes.
Peels & Microdermabrasion
Chemical peels can reduce wrinkles but one peel is not enough although you may grow addicted to these peels. Paired with microdermabrasion, both remove the old layers of skin. The skin is now smoother with new skin surfacing The skin that is born again are often smoother, with fewer wrinkles. But be warned that chemical peels and dermabrasion can cause side effects such as thinning of the skin. In general, however, when performed by experienced doctors, they are safe.
Proven Home Remedies for Wrinkles Removal
Taking an easy route towards flawless skin, are beauty hacks or commonly known as home remedies. All you need could possibly be in the kitchen or the fridge! Who knew that a piece of cucumber can do wonders for the skin around your eyes! Here are some of the popular anti-wrinkles home remedies to make wrinkles look less visible:-
Cucumber Yogurt Blend
Puree half a cucumber with two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Mix until thick and apply it to your face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. You will feel your skin as being supple. Supple skin is not wrinkle-friendly so that’s good.
This plant is excellent to treat wrinkles caused by sunburn. It cools the skin with its natural gel and healing properties. Just snap the plant and rub in the gel directly onto the desired area.
Honey and Cinnamon
Mix honey with cinnamon and swallow a spoonful of this mixture. This won’t prevent wrinkles but it will make wrinkles look less obvious. And it tastes good too.
Turmeric, Eggs and Olive Oil for Face Wrinkles
A mixture of this three makes a hydrating face mask. All you need to do is to mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with an egg white. Add one teaspoon of olive oil to form a paste. Leave on the mask for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off. This is great for hydrating dry skin, a cause of fine lines and wrinkles.
Choosing the Right Anti-ageing Products
As you age, your skin gets drier so you will need skincare formulas that are rich in moisture and hydrating in nature. To fulfil this need, Beaubelle recommends an elite team of formulas especially for ageing skin; to soothe and smoothen those nasty dry lines.
Serums are an absolute must. Imagine a cup filled with water, where the cup is your skin and the water is your moisturiser. If the cup is crumpled or torn, it won’t be able to hold water. That’s where serum comes in. More specifically, that’s where anti–ageing serum comes in. Like Beaubelle’s 6 Action Concentrate. This serum Provides 6 actions packed with very potent ingredients, which help to treat or prevent skin aging factors of skin. Anti-free radicals to slow down the aging process. Moisturises skin to make the skin look supple. Nourishes the skin to vitalise the skin cells. Brightens the skin to even out the skin tone. Decongest the skin to eliminate toxins. Smoothens lines and provides instant lift.
They say the first signs of ageing are seen around the eyes. That’s why this delicate area needs special attention. When those lines and wrinkles try to creep in, you want to be ready with some reinforcements and call in the troops! The use of a targeted eye care is in need. Check out Beaubelle's Essential Eye Concentrate. A few dabs in the morning and evening, will relax those crows’ feet (if you have them already) and if not, this will smoothen the eye area and make your eyes look fresh again.
For dry skin, the richer the moisturizer the better. And this particular cream is so rich, it irons out wrinkles and fine lines. Because it improves cell oxygenation, it’s the ideal cream for anti-ageing. Beaubelle calls it the Amazing (for good reason) Luminance Holistic Oxygenating Cellular Cream. And they’ve got the numbers to prove it. From tests carried out by the Beaubelle skincare labs in Switzerland, wrinkles are ironed out by 270 per cent. Skin smoothness increases by 265 per cent. Indeed, this is your new BFF.
Anti-Wrinkle Terms Explained
Unstable molecules that destabilise other molecules causing a *chemical chain reaction. This reaction harms collagen and lipids, weakening skin structure causing dryness and wrinkles.
A chemical chain reaction that leads to the damage of the cells of organisms.
A property that cuts off the chain reaction that damages cells of organisms.
A structural protein that connects skin tissues, making them strong, resilient and elastic so skin looks plump and smooth. A lack of collagen weakens the connective tissues, causing folds, lines and wrinkles.
Putting it All Together
So there you go. There are so many ways to treat wrinkles. Your idea of beauty may be au-naturel whereby you may choose Home Remedies. If you are in awe of technology, you may want to read about Scalpels and Needles. Whichever you prefer, you still need to cleanse, apply serums and moisturise at the start and literally at the end of your day. Start off your wrinkle treatment with the right skincare basics. The rest that will follow through will be your choice to make!
Over to You ..
What about you? What is your preferred way to treat wrinkles? Drop us your answer below so we can exchange notes. Thank you for reading!