Wrinkles and fine lines are normal and nothing to be ashamed of. As the body ages, the skin tends to lose its elasticity and sag. Skin, after all, is an organ and like all other organs, it deteriorates with age. Even though wrinkles and fine lines are normal, they can still look awful and make us appear dull and tired. There are of course cures for this, for example, mild wrinkling can be cured by certain creams while deep-set wrinkles require surgeries or injections. Here are some tips for all the moms out there to prevent premature wrinkling and manage wrinkles.
Hydrate and moisturize!
I cannot stress this enough. You must drink at least 2 liters of water a day to keep up with the minimum requirements of water that your body has. When your skin cells are filled with water, they appear plump and tight and thus can mask any wrinkles you have and make you look younger. On a related note, also apply moisturizer to your face daily before you go to bed. Moisturizing also achieves the same effect as drinking water, through the same logic. Hydrating and moisturizing can make your skin supple, soft and youthful.
It has been scientifically proven that out of all the factors responsible for wrinkling, sun exposure is the most drastic. Harmful ultraviolet rays present in the sunlight are the most important cause of skin aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots,and pigmentation. Thus protecting oneself from sunlight is the primary way one can prevent premature aging of the skin. For this purpose, it is always recommended to wearsunscreen which has a Sun Protection Factor, or SPF value of at least 30. Always apply enough of it, and reapply after every three hours or so.
Over the counter creams
Many skincare brands have wrinkle creams that stimulate the production of collagen and also nourish the skin with antioxidants and vitamins. Collagen is the substance that joins the skin cells together and gives our skin elasticity so in its absence our skin losses elasticity and sags. Collagen is damaged with age and also due to prolonged exposure to sunlight. These creams may also peel off the surface layer of your skin to reveal the fresh skin underneath which makes you look radiant. These creams do not usually have any serious side effects,but they can take a lot of time before acting, usually weeks.
There are medicines available nowadays which can help in reducing wrinkles. Medicine like tazarotene are readily available and can be used if branded creams fail to work. Prescription medication has the advantage of delivering quick results however there might be more serious side effects than branded creams, including sensitivity to the sun, burning, itchiness et cetera.
If all else fails, then some surgical procedures and injections can help you with removing wrinkles. They make an incision in your skin and remove the excess fat beneath it, then tighten it before stitching so that your skin gets taut. The injections are usually Botox or some other filler that fills up the spaces beneath your skin, making it tight and removing wrinkles. Both of these may cause some temporary swelling and other side effects. The results are not permanent of course, because as you grow older your skin would deteriorate even further and new wrinkles would form. Especially the injections typically need to be repeated every few months. There are many skin clinics which specialize in this department and can be consulted, for example, the London Dermatology Centre. If your wrinkles are worrying you that much and none of the non-invasive solutions seem to be working, then consult your doctor for invasive treatment.
So if you have wrinkles, there are many options available to you. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages, so choose accordingly. Try to prevent wrinkles altogether by maintaining a healthy regimen of drinking lots of water, moisturizing and using sunscreen.