The last 12 months have been a stressful time for all of us. We have all faced challenges and found the year difficult. As many of us know, stress can have a seriously detrimental impact on our mental and physical health, but it can also impact our skin.
Wrinkles and fine lines are a well-known part of our natural ageing process, but stress can speed up their development, and this can be a hard thing to handle for some of us. This is not helped by the constant stream of images we see of other people of all age groups with flawless skin on social or mainstream media.
It’s vital to remember that these photos often go through an extensive amount of editing and that nobody ever has flawlessly smooth skin. But if you are struggling with wrinkles and fine lines becoming more prominent, what are the things you can do about it?
Moisturiser and creams
One of the most common and easiest ways to treat wrinkles is by using one of the many creams and moisturisers that you will have seen advertised on tv or online. There are two things to keep in mind here. Firstly, while it may be tempting to go right for the anti-wrinkle cream, don’t be too hasty to forget about the importance of a moisturiser. To keep your skin looking its best, it needs to be appropriately hydrated, and moisturiser can play a key role in this all year round.
Secondly, when looking at creams to use, you must look into the ingredients. You need to be looking out for a few key ingredients that can have the most significant impact in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The first is retinol. This is crucial for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as it increases collagen production in your skin which helps to give a smoother appearance. It also stimulates the production of red blood vessels, which gives your skin a healthy colour. The other ingredient is hyaluronic acid. This revitalises your skins outer layers and helps it stay smooth and well hydrated.
Microneedling and dermarolling
Both of these options work well to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, with the main difference is one can be done at home while the other is an in-clinic treatment carried out by professions. Microneedling, considered by some to have its origins in the ancient practice of acupuncture, has a range of benefits and can help various skin conditions. It works by making tiny punctures in the skin, which causes the skin to begin its natural healing process. Collagen production is also stimulated, which further helps to give your skin a youthful look.
Potentially a wrinkle treatment that you may be unfamiliar with, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is sometimes referred to as the vampire facial. It involves injecting your body’s own plasma back into your skin to help increase collagen production and connective tissue formation. This is done by drawing a small amount of your blood from your arm and placing it into a centrifuge machine that spins fast enough to separate the blood into two layers. The plasma can then be collected as it rises to the top, while the red blood cells fall to the bottom, and it is then injected into your skin. This treatment can be combined with microneedling to further reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
You may be surprised to find out just how many simple changes there are that you can make in your everyday life, which can impact wrinkles and fine lines. You can take simple steps such as protecting your skin from the sun with the appropriate sunscreen and monitoring your time in direct sunlight and getting the right amount of sleep each night. Furthermore, there are lifestyle choices that can also impact wrinkles and fine lines. Eating more fish rich in omega-3 and more fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants can all help your skin look and feel better.
We all know that life can be stressful at times, and the by-products of that stress don’t make it any easier. If you are struggling with the development of fine line and wrinkles, then hopefully, one of the areas highlighted above can help you. Still, it’s important to remember that the development of these lines and wrinkles is a natural part of life we all go through.