While beauty may only be skin deep, there’s no reason to give up on your skin – or your beauty – as you age. While the Fountain of Youth doesn’t exist, many of today’s beauty products are taking breakthroughs in biology and chemistry and using them to create formulas that can wipe away signs of aging.
While the anti-aging products of our mothers’ and grandmothers’ generations may have been little more than promises in a package, today’s formulations truly have the potential to repair and rejuvenate our skin, giving us a more youthful appearance. Here are some examples:
Anti-Wrinkle Serum – Women who want to look younger don’t have to go through the drastic measures of going under the knife for a facelift or having Botox injected into their skin. Instead, they can opt for a serum that uses amino peptides that literally relax facial muscle contractions, bind water to the skin, and promote collagen synthesis. When antioxidants and botanical extracts are added, damaged skin is repaired and the serum serves to reduce both the depth and number of wrinkles, increase the skin’s moisture, and improve skin tone and smoothness.
Face Lift in a Bottle – Many women question whether facial masks simply give us the illusion that we’re helping our skin, or if they really have a lasting positive effect. Well, using the right facial mask can definitely make a long-term difference. For example, a facial mask that increases collagen production, oxygenates skin cells, and stimulates cellular regeneration will make fine lines less noticeable. In fact, it can even imitate the muscular response to facial exercises, so that you face literally begins to tighten and become firmer.
Eye Firming Formulas – We first show signs of aging around our eyes. That morning puffiness doesn’t seem to go away, and those shadows under our eyes get darker, not lighter. One of the culprits is fluid retention, and an eye firming formulation that has what can best be described as a decongestant effect while utilizing a polymer that bonds water to the skin can both ease the puffiness and make the skin around the eyes more elastic and smooth.
Firmer Skin All Over – Unfortunately, signs of aging aren’t only apparent on our faces, but are evident all over our skin. Again, anti-aging peptides can do a tremendous amount to smooth and firm the skin, as well as to lessen wrinkles and to increase collagen and elastin – substances that make our skin suppler. Because our skin thins out as we age, ingredients that make skin thicker will also reduce signs of aging. To this end, trapping moisture in the skin is key.
Botox – is a drug doctors have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands, such as Dysport and Xeomin. Botox is the term you hear most often because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin.
Dysport – Don’t let your frown lines between your eyebrows define you. For adults who want a natural look, Dysport is a natural-looking, fast-acting, long-lasting prescription injection proven to help smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows—without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Dysport is approved in 69 countries and has 25 years of clinical experience worldwide. Find out why 97% of women treated with Dysport say they’d do it again.
Xeomin – Uses XEOMIN is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellarlines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).
Jeuveau – uses purified botulinum toxin to temporarily relax the small muscle groups that cause dynamic wrinkles. When these compounds are injected into muscle tissue, they block nerve signals so that the brain can no longer instruct treated muscles to move.
Forever Young BBL – A fast, easy, noninvasive procedure with no downtime. It requires no anesthesia. It offers rapid improvement in skin discoloration, tone and texture. This broadband light treatment removes age spots, freckles, redness, small vessels and more.
HALO – This dual-wavelength feature means that the laser resurfaces both your epidermis (the topmost layer of skin) and the dermis (the thick layer of living tissue directly under the epidermis) at the same time.
While cutting edge beauty products can repair skin, reduce wrinkles, and less the signs of aging, we can also lend ourselves a helping hand by changing our behavior so that we don’t do further damage to our skin. Using sunscreen, eating anti-oxidant rich leafy green vegetables, and getting plenty of sleep can help Mother Nature preserve our most beautiful attribute – our skin.