Wrinkles: Embrace or Erase?
Wrinkles are an unfortunate, but very natural, part of the aging process. But, don’t despair! There are healthy choices we can make, and products we can use to slow down the onset of wrinkles, and to manage them as they appear.
In some cultures, wrinkles and gray hair are badges of honor. Elders are afforded great respect and admiration; they are sought out for their wisdom. Elsewhere, and particularly in celebrity circles, gray hair and wrinkles are like a bell tolling the onset of decline.
First, let me say that I am opposed to cosmetic surgery. I agree with Jennifer Anniston, when she said, “. . . I see them, and my heart breaks. I think, ‘Oh god, if you only knew how much older you look.’ They are trying to stop the clock, and all you can see is an insecure person who won’t let themselves just age . . .”
We need to have a healthy outlook on aging. With wrinkles, or without, we are beautiful if we radiate happiness from our hearts. That being said, let’s talk about wrinkles.
The most important aspect of avoiding wrinkles is to limit your sun exposure, and to wear sunscreen every day. Take advantage of makeup with an SPF, in order to minimize your risk not only of wrinkling prematurely, but also, of getting skin cancer.
According to my go-to for medical advice, the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/basics/causes/con-20029887), in addition to the sun, smoking is a factor in the onset of wrinkles. And interestingly, facial movements like smiling, squinting and other repetitive motions can result in wrinkles along those muscle areas, as well.
There are a variety of over-the-counter moisturizers and creams for wrinkles. Similar to acne preparations, they contain ingredients like retinoids and alpha hydroxy that can actually make wrinkles less noticeable. The Mayo Clinic says the effects are not lasting, and that prescription medications from a dermatologist contain higher levels of the active ingredients, and may be more effective. There are also a variety of surgical procedures that may be even more effective, like chemical peels and dermabrasion. See my next post for more detailed descriptions of the surgical procedures available to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
Despite our best efforts to thwart aging’s progress, we get a little older every day. There is no magical treatment that will give us a timeless face. Just remember, wrinkles are only skin deep, and you are as beautiful as you feel!