The new year is here! Many of us have committed to improving ourselves in some way or another. For some that may be losing weight and gaining muscle. For others, it may be learning a new skill or language. And still for others, the resolution may be to look and feel younger!
Wrinkles are definitely a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our skin becomes drier, thinner and less elastic. All of this results in fine lines, creases, jowls and wrinkles.
Common Causes of Wrinkles
As I said, aging is what ultimately causes wrinkles to develop. But have you ever wondered why some people have few wrinkles and some people have a TON of them? It’s because there are a variety of factors that contribute to the breakdown of our skin.
Many factors affect the development of wrinkles, including:
- sun exposure (UV light breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin)
- smoking (reduces blood supply to the skin)
- certain medications
- environmental and genetic factors
Are There Any Effective Treatments for Wrinkles?
There are a variety of treatments available that can help you reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Let’s take a look at some of these:
You’ve probably seen ads for what are called topical retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A. These products aim to reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation and skin roughness by increasing collagen production in the skin.
Sounds great, but there is a definite downside to using these topical creams and lotions. They can cause the skin to easily burn in the sunlight, so it’s very important to use sunscreen.
Topical retinoids can also cause adverse effects such as:
- a burning sensation
- discolored areas
Dermabrasion is a procedure where the upper layer of skin is gently worn away with a rapidly rotating device. Dermabrasion is effective at removing fine lines, moles, tattoos, acne scars and other types of scars.
Dermabrasion is considered a surgical procedure and would be performed by a licensed plastic surgeon. The procedure will cause swelling and scabbing, which will take roughly 2 weeks to fade. However, for some people, it can take several months to fade.
A less invasive procedure is called microdermabrasion. It involves spraying microcrystals of aluminum oxide across the surface of the skin. Some practitioners use a handheld device that contains fine diamond crystals and a very strong vacuum to remove the particles and skin debris.
Radiofrequency (RF) treatments heat the underlying dermis and stimulate the development of new collagen fibers. This tightens skin and decreases fine lines and wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox, blocks the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract. When the muscles can no longer contract in a certain area, the skin flattens giving a smoother and less wrinkled appearance.
Botox is typically used to treat the lines on the forehead and the frown lines between the eyes and the crows feet at the corners of the eyes.
Changes are temporary and most people will require new injections a few times a year.
For those people looking to get rid of deeper wrinkles, you’ll have to look to more aggressive treatments such as cosmetic surgery. Healing times from plastic surgery can be lengthy and you will most likely experience bruising and swelling for a few weeks.
Eat Your Way to Younger Skin
If you’re someone that appreciates all-natural treatments and keeping life simple, then you might want to choose to eat your way to a more youthful appearance. Studies have shown that royal jelly, a substance made by honey bees, is effective not only at supporting wound healing and decreasing inflammatory skin conditions, but also at significantly increasing collagen production.
Our Golden Royal Honey contains Royal Jelly. Our honey also contains ginseng, which has been shown to effectively increase blood circulation. The more blood supply gets to your skin, the healthier and more glowing it will be.
If you want to look younger this year, we encourage you to try our Golden Royal Honey for yourself. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you start to feel more… in the mood, as our honey has been shown to help people get their libido back. Younger skin and a better libido? That’s a win/win in 2021. And really, after 2020, couldn’t we all use more wins?