There are many ways in which we can prevent wrinkles, but can you actually reverse wrinkling? Here are just a few common anti-aging methods and the truth about whether they truly work.
Creams and Serums
There are lots of skin products on the market that claim to iron out wrinkles. Unfortunately, whilst a lot of these creams can ward off future wrinkles, they are largely ineffective against existing signs of aging. The only creams that are likely to truly reverse aging are those containing the ingredient retinol (read more at this guide at Marie Claire). Studies have shown that retinol can increase cell turnover and build collagen, helping to physically smooth out the skin. You shouldn’t expect miracles, however – retinol may be able to undo fine wrinkles, but is unlikely to be able to get rid of deep frown lines and smile lines.
A Good Diet
Some foods do have the ability to build collagen. Like retinol cream, this could help to create smoother skin and undo fine wrinkles. Meat, oysters and leafy greens are some of the best examples – this guide at Nutritious Life goes into greater detail. Of course, you should also make sure to cut down on foods that could be speeding up wrinkling such as processed meats full of nitrates and sugary foods.
Sleep is often referred to as the best healer. Whilst a good night’s sleep is important for scarring, it may not be enough to reverse wrinkles. In fact, quality of sleep often has little to do with the development of wrinkles – it’s more about the position you sleep in. Bags under the eyes are often associated with lack of sleep, but more often than not they’re the result of sleeping on one’s front, which causes fluid to pool up in the lower eyelids making them puffy. Changing your sleep position could help to prevent puffy eyes and potentially prevent permanent eye bags.
Cosmetic treatment is the fastest and most effective way to beat wrinkles, however, it can be costly and comes with risks. Facelift surgeries are a common way of removing facial wrinkles. There are also less invasive options such as botox as provided by companies like V&A Aesthetics Ltd. Always choose a reputable clinic when getting cosmetic treatment so that you get the best results.
Quitting bad habits
Smoking, heavy drinking, and too much sun exposure can all speed up wrinkling. Quitting these bad habits could drastically slow down the rate of aging but it’s unlikely to reverse existing wrinkles – the damage is unfortunately done. You should of course still quit to save your skin from more wrinkles in the future! After all, each of these bad habits had a myriad of other damaging health effects from increased risks of cancers to heart disease.
Until next time ♡