What makes us look older?
If you hold two pictures of yourself side by side, taken five years apart, it is indisputable that you look older. However, the changes are so subtle and gradual that you cannot put your finger on exactly why you appear more mature looking. What are these changes? Often, it is the loss of fat in the face. The full, soft look we associate with youth is lost as bone structure changes and facial fat fades away and, as a result, you are left with loose, sagging skin.
Youthful skin also has elasticity. As we age, the fibers responsible for giving our complexions a firm, smooth appearance become weak. Sun damage is another big factor that contributes to an older look. Years of baking in tanning beds and unprotected sun exposure show up on our faces as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmented areas, and rough patches. To make matters worse, the tiny oil glands that keep our skin soft and supple decrease in number and contribute to dry skin as we age.
No matter how many candles are on your birthday cake this year, there are many ways you can reverse the signs of aging for a more youthful, vibrant look. The best part? You do not even need to go under the knife. Here are nine ways to look younger without surgery.
1. Vitamin C
Beauty bloggers and dermatologists are raving about vitamin C for anti-aging. It can improve the appearance and texture of your skin for a more youthful look. Vitamin C is one of three antioxidants proven to decrease the sun’s harmful effect on the skin and prevent future damage. It also encourages collagen production to promote skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Dermal fillers
These anti-aging injectables fill in wrinkles and depressions, replenishing lost volume to smooth your skin and promote an even complexion. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in the body, to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume.
The anti-aging results of microneedling are most apparent after four to five treatments. The treatment is especially effective at treating large pores, acne scars, neck lines, and wrinkles around the mouth.
4. Laser resurfacing
Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated beams of light to remove layers of the skin for improved texture. Facial flaws like age spots, acne scars, blood vessels, wrinkles, and sun damage respond well to laser resurfacing as it smoothes out your skin for a complexion that not only looks younger, but actually is younger.
5. Vitamin A (Retinol)
The wrinkles and freckles we associate with aging appear most prominently on skin that has been exposed to the sun. Vitamin A, which you might also see labeled as retinol, helps fade these dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. And these are just the creams and serums you can get over-the-counter.
Among the millions of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is one of the most popular – and for a good reason. BOTOX® is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face by paralyzing the underlying muscles. When the muscles cannot move, the overlying skin does not crease, which creates a smooth, younger-looking appearance.
The least invasive option on our list is something you may already have in your cosmetic bag. When applied with technique, makeup can transform your appearance and minimize the physical signs of aging.