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Fill me in: fine lines and wrinkles

As we get older, we want to look younger, and the younger we are the older we want to look. There’s no win! 

There are some simple ways of helping us look younger. Here are the handy hints and tips.

Number 1 is sun cream. Using this daily prevents wrinkles as well as age spots. Ensure you are using SPF 30 and above, applying every hour. As a rule, women want to always look their best and we often do that through wearing make-up, doing our hair and dressing nicely. Once we have done all that we don’t ever want to do something that could potentially alter our desired look, so why would we want to cover ourselves in sun cream every hour? Apply the sun cream, ignore the shininess, cover in a mineral power (takes away the shine – no one will ever know them!) and go about your day as normal knowing you are doing something that could help you from getting as many wrinkles as you would have done if you weren’t using suncream.

Dermatologists suggest using retinoids. A group of compounds containing vitamin A, either coming in a cream or gel form. Retinoids work by stopping collagen breaking down and stimulating skin cell turnover, giving you, something called the ‘Retinoid Glow’ as Dr Kim would call it, also preventing and treating acne. It is advised to opt for the prescription form of retinoid instead of just buying it willy nilly as they are much more effective than retinoids you can just buy from over the counter. 

Basic moisturisers are also brilliant for hydration and are super important for when our skin ages. You don’t need to buy the most top end form of moisturiser just because it fits with the trend at the time – in fact, normally expensive moisturisers do not have the benefit as normal drug store ones do. You don’t need to be spending loads to have a big benefit. 

Another way of brightening you skin, reducing wrinkles and fading brown spots, why not consider having treatments at the dermatologist. 

An alternative to all the things listed above is chemical peels. These reduce lines and improve the tone and texture of your skin. Dermatologists suggest getting a ‘medium depth peel’ two to three times a year. Although you will feel fantastic after the treatment, the only downside is that it will look like you have bad sunburn for three to five days afterwards, so please remember, if you chose to get this treatment, don’t get this when you have something important to go to. Another handy hint and tip is to get it done in the winter as you are advice to avoid sun exposure for a few days after the treatment. 

Laser treatments are another alternative. The downside to these is that they are expensive however they do produce a smooth surface to the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. There are a variety of laser treatments available to those who choose to go down this route, some of the options available have a similar effect to peels and others with greater intensity for older skin. The dermatologist will recommend to you the one which is best for your skin. 

For those of you who are into having fillers and botox, Dr Raphael noted that botox injections are super helpful for preventing wrinkles as well as treating them. It is best to inject filler between your eyebrows, around your eyes and forehead repeating every three to six months in order to maintain its effect. 

Fillers are effective for rejuvenating the lower proportion of the face, says Dr Raphael, particularly around the nose and mouth and under the eye area. Depending on the type of fillers they can last from six months to two to three years. 

The most important thing for your skin is to look happy, a happy you equals happy skin for everyone to see. No one is going to notice the odd wrinkle appearing when you’ve got a big beam across your face so, keep smiling!

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