Wrinkles are an unavoidable part of aging process. The more facial expressions we make the more of them turn up. When we’re young, the skin springs back fast after smiling or frowning thanks to the collagen and elastin that our skin is rich in at that age. However, while we’re getting older our skin loses these elements and more permanent lines on our faces are formed because the skin lost its flexibility and can’t go back to normal as quickly as it used to.
People have always been looking for something that will prolong their youthfulness. Being the most notorious enemy of good looks, aging and wrinkles are facing a fierce counter-attack by an indefinite number of companies stating miraculous qualities of their anti-aging products. Some people even go under the knife for the sake of beauty. First physical signs of getting older appear on our faces, but also on the chest and arms. In this article, you’ll be introduced to the ways you can fight wrinkles, especially on our arms.
- Using sunscreen
Harmful UV rays destroy collagen and elastin fibers right under the skin surface. They’re skin’s connective tissue, and once they get destroyed, the skin becomes saggy and wrinkly. It is recommended that you wear long-sleeves even in the sun and put the sunscreen on regardless of what the weather is like.
Dry skin is more prone to getting wrinkles. Therefore, stick to the rule of 8 glasses of water a day which will rejuvenate your skin and make it look fresh and hydrated.
When we sleep, the body temperature cools down and the blood flow to the skin is improved.
- Quit smoking
Besides having many other harmful effects, smoking narrows our blood vessels and reduces the blood flow to the skin.
This will tone your arms and make them look firm and young. Here is just one of the exercises you can do at home: kneel down and put your legs in your rectum. Stretch your arms behind your back with your palms facing up and arms floating in the. Squeeze your arms together until the weights almost touch and finally get back to the beginning position. The exercise should be repeated 10 times. Physical activity generally increases the blood flow and consequently makes the nutrient distribution to the skin more efficient.
- Topical creams
These are collagen stimulating products that straighten wrinkles out. Other similar choices would be CoQ10 and retinol-based creams that also tighten sagging skin. Retinol is rich in vitamin A that beautifies your skin, makes wrinkles less visible and increases skin’s shine. Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that regulates cell production and is great antioxidants. Coenzyme Q10 can be found in kidney, heart, liver, beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.
This is a laser-based procedure that heats up the deep tissue and stimulates collagen.
It is done by plastic surgeons. Before the procedure, the surgeon will tell you to stop smoking for 2 weeks and quit on certain medications such as antibiotics and ibuprofen. You’ll have a bandage on the treated areas and be asked by the doctor to take it off and clean the face after 24 hours. Swelling is a normal reaction after this which is why you’ll be prescribed steroids to ease it. You may also experience itching. The overall healing lasts up for 21 days. If you are prone to herpes or cold sores, you have to inform your doctor on that cause this procedure can cause their breakout. Other resurfacing side-effects could be changes in pigmentation, burns, scarring, and bacterial infection.The cost of this procedure won’t be covered by insurance companies unless it is for the purpose of healing some scars and exterminating precancerous cells found on the skin.
An arm lift or body contouring surgery is used to remove the excess skin and lifting up the skin that remains. This is mostly preferred by people who lost a lot of weight but it can also be done on people whose sagging skin is an aging issue. This is a costly procedure that can cost up to 7000 dollars.
The surgeon will dress your arm and let you home. Showering is not desirable for a week after the procedure. As for the pain, you can take antibiotics and painkillers. The hand will probably bruise and swell for the following 2 weeks and in the meanwhile, patients are prohibited from doing any physically demanding and strenuous work
Brachioplasty, like any other surgery, isn’t without its risks. It can cause infections, hematoma, loss of sensation, scarring, swelling of the hands and seromas (fluid-filled masses along the incision line).
- Healthy diet
Eating citrus fruits and peaches loaded with vitamin C as well consuming olive oil, spinach, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, and turnip will inhibit the aging process and feed your skin from the inside. Particular foods that are especially capable in the battle with aging and wrinkles are:
Blueberries: With their antioxidants, blueberries help us fight the free radicals and protect us from environmental impacts.
Chocolate Milk: Women who drank high flavanoid cocoa beverage for 12 weeks witnessed a rise in blood flow in skin tissue, improved hydration and decreased roughness and scaling.
Kiwi, Guava, and Strawberries: These fruits are packed with vitamin C that is associated with moisturizing and making wrinkles less noticeable.They ward off inflammation and decrease the puffiness under your eyes.
Oysters: Oyster is a great source of zinc that protects cells, strengthens our nails and provides structural support to the skin.
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
They break down dead cells and help our skin look radiant. They are normally made of food products. These include glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from sour milk), malic acid (from apples), citric acid (from citrus fruits) and tartaric acid (from grape wine). AHAs usually come in the form of topical creams and chemical peels (which are to be used only once a week). A list of famous brands selling products that consist of AHAs includes Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion.
There are many creams containing a combination of vitamins such as C and E as well as coenzyme Q10 and green tea. They fight free radicals created by stress or pollution and degrade the collagen and elastin in our skin, leading to wrinkles. Antioxidants are powerful against UV rays and using them in combination with sunscreens can enhance the protection of the skin from sun rays.