We think of our 20s and 30s as the age when we party hard, build our career, travel the world, meet new people…
We hope to find adventure, love and success. But we did not expect to find a wrinkle.
People are getting wrinkles at a younger age
Unfortunately, our skin can age much faster than we expect. The number one culprit is sun damage. Studies show that UV exposure can cause up to 80% of early wrinkles. It weakens our skin structure and speeds up the breakdown of collagen. People are with fairer skin are more prone to damage because we have less melanin.
Lifestyle plays a big part too. Smoking damages the skin (aside from the rest of the body!). Crash diets cut out vitamins and nutrients that our body needs to create healthy skin cells. There are also studies that link collagen loss to high-diets (that means cakes, cookies, and pasta and rice!). If our food is high in carbs and sweets, the sugar in our bloodstream binds with proteins to create AGEs – new molecules that damage surrounding collagen and elastin. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, we can start seeing the effects of high sugar diets when we’re 35 – and our skin rapidly deteriorates soon after!
Other habits that can hurt our skin: lack of sleep, constant stress, or even using the wrong skincare products that dry out the skin or hurt its skin barrier (ex: alcohol-based toners).
None of these factors can cause wrinkles on their own, but combined the effects accumulate and show up on our skin. And sometimes we can do everything right and still inherit wrinkle-prone skin from our parents. Ouch!
Take an active approach to fighting ageing
However, you can fight ageing with the combination of smart skincare habits and powerful beauty technology. Start wearing sunscreen. Invest in good moisturizers and serums. Cut back on sugar and fill your plate with food that is rich in antioxidants and skin-boosting vitamins A, C and E. This can make your skin stronger and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
But is there a way to fight the sagging and fine lines that you already see in the mirror? Yes! According to the Singapore skin experts at Trinity Medical Centre, cosmetic injections like Botox and Dysport can relax the muscles that cause forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. The wrinkles that appear on your face each time you talk or laugh disappear.
How do Botox and Dysport work?
Our facial expressions are created by many muscles – some of which can make deep lines more prominent. Botox and Dysport are a type of botulinum A that deactivates particular muscles. Dysport is said to work faster than Botox (you can see a difference in 2 to 5 days, versus 5 to 7 days for the latter). However, it diffuses to a larger area of the face. Your doctor will know which will work better for your skin concerns!
Injectibles won’t make you look frozen – just fresh!
The term Botox may conjure images of “frozen” faces – but those are examples of Botox done wrong. Very qualified, experienced skin experts know exactly where to inject them so you still look like yourself – just wrinkle free!
In fact, in the hands of a good aesthetic doctor, cosmetic injections like Botox and Dysport have very natural results. Many Hollywood celebrities have had these injectibles: Nicole Kidman, Courtney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Molly Sims. These celebs usually have fillers that just subtly plump up areas that start to sag, like around the eyes or in nasolabial folds around the mouth. You never hear people criticize them for looking fake. They just look like they “aged well” or have “defied ageing.”
Erase the lines… and the years!
Botox and Dysport don’t try to change their face, just restore definition. They are an effective wrinkle treatment that can make you look younger.
Combine these cosmetic injections with a good daily skincare regimen, diet, and beauty treatments like facials and masks, and your skin will definitely have that youthful radiance and firmness! It’s never too late to have beautiful skin. Get your personalized consultation at the Trinity Medical Centre for a customized anti-ageing regimen.