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Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles

Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles

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Wrinkles. They are the bane of your existence, giving away your age, or worse, making you look far older than you are. There are millions of products on the market that promise to reduce wrinkles. However, even though you can slather on the face creams and stay out of the sun to try to avoid the inevitable, one way or another, the wrinkles will appear. But how much do you know about wrinkles, and can you actually get rid of them? Here, we take an honest look at eight facts most people don’t know about wrinkles.

1. Pricey cream myth

Skin creams are often referred to as “hope in a bottle” by in-the-know skincare professionals. Why? Because they are advertised with the promise of erasing the lines of time, providing you with more youthful skin. The truth is that the creams will do little to improve the common issues with ageing skin, including those annoying wrinkles and sagging skin. Although you might see modest results, you will not be turning back the hands of time with anti-ageing creams, no matter how much you pay for them. Instead, you need proven wrinkle treatments to help defy the signs of ageing.

2. Diet counts

If staying thin and healthy isn’t enough to keep you focused on eating well, a British study might help change your mind. They found that sugar produces cell molecules that age skin. The proteins attacked by advanced glycation end products, including that very important collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin full and firm. When it is damaged, it leaves behind saggy skin and wrinkles, not to mention a duller complexion. In fact, the damage doesn’t end there. The molecules also affect your antioxidants, so you become more susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun.
It’s also about the healthy choices you make. Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all aid in helping you age well. Foods rich in vitamins like Vitamin C and E reduce photoaging caused by sun exposure. As well, Vitamin C reduces wrinkles and dry skin related to ageing.

3. Not just genetics

You’ve probably heard the saying that a man should look at his girlfriend’s mom if he wants to see how she’ll age. That’s because genetics can have a strong impact on how and when you age. However, there are other factors at play. For example, a study found that although twins are “genetically programmed” to age similarly, lifestyle can greatly change the outcome of how each twin will age. This includes smoking, sun exposure, weight, depression, and stress levels, which can all contribute to early aging.

4. Sun exposure

Although you might love having that youthful sun-kissed glow in the summer, the risks of sun damage will age you more quickly. The Environmental Protection Agency says that up to 90% of the damage caused to ageing skin is due to exposure to the sun. Using sun protection makes it 25% less likely that the sun will increase ageing. The earlier you begin using sunscreen, the better it is for your complexion. And never underestimate its importance all year round. Although the sun might not appear as often in the winter and fall, if you will be participating in outdoor activities for longer lengths of time, sunscreen is always a must.

5. Drinking water

Water sure has its good points. It has zero calories so that it can aid in weight loss. It keeps you hydrated when you are active. But can it actually reduce the signs of ageing? Although many supermodels and actresses chug the clear liquid to help keep their youthful appearance, there’s no real proof it does help reduce wrinkles or keep skin plump. Dermatologists do say water can assist in helping maintain elasticity, but it really won’t wash those wrinkles away. Still, it’s worth switching to water as your drink of choice to reduce the amount of damaging sugary beverages.

6. Sleeping on your back

Controlling the position you sleep in can be a challenge. If you prefer sleeping face down or on your side, you’ll tend to wind up in this position at some point in the night. However, if you can try to sleep on your back more often, you might help keep wrinkles at bay. Sleeping face down on your pillow can cause permanent wrinkling, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Avoid side and stomach sleeping to keep your youthful appearance.

7. Silk pillowcases

Many beauty experts have advised using silk pillowcases as they are more gentle on your hair. However, silk is also helpful for your skin. According to dermatologists, silk fibres assist in maintaining moisture on your face while you sleep, which means you can wake up with smoother skin.

8. Wrinkles can’t be removed

While this is true, the appearance of wrinkles can undoubtedly be reduced. There are many cosmetic skin treatments available that will significantly reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin. Many skin treatments help stimulate collagen production, while also removing layers of dead skin that can make your skin appear older. As well, wrinkle-smoothing treatments such as fillers can plump skin to make wrinkles appear less defined.

If you would like more information about the anti-ageing treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your unique skin needs and find the perfect solution for you.

Microdermabrasion: Get Your Skin Winter Ready

Microdermabrasion: Get Your Skin Winter Ready

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Your skin is exposed to a lot throughout the summer months. By the time fall rolls around, it starts to look pretty dull. The winter brings on more dryness causing your skin to lose its natural glow. Microdermabrasion is the perfect treatment to get your skin winter ready as it reveals healthier skin below the dull surface that summer has left behind. This non-invasive treatment provides an affordable solution with fewer side effects than costly plastic surgery. Instead, you will see dramatic effects that leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.

Undoing Summer Skin Damage

The sun is good for us, providing much needed Vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure is very damaging to the skin. Without proper protection, your skin is vulnerable to sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. The more you expose your skin to the sun and its UV rays, the more damage you are causing and the higher your risk for skin cancer.

Let’s not forget how the summer sun also leads to the early appearance of wrinkles. Sun damage accelerates the ageing process of your skin, which means the healthy collagen your skin produces can be damaged. This weakens the elastic tissue that helps keep your skin stay firm and youthful. The more damage from exposure to UV rays, the more your skin loses its normal shape, plumpness, and firmness, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging. Last, but by no means least, the sun also increases irregular colouring on your skin, causing age and sunspots. Your skin appears uneven, which can make you look much older.

Winter Skin

On top of the damage of the summer sun, as winter arrives, it is common to have itchy, tight, dry skin. Winters are drier, which can lead to flaky, dull skin. While moisturizing and hydrating winter skin can help, it does little to remove the dead skin cell buildup. The best way to improve the appearance of your skin during winter is to exfoliate to get rid of flakiness. Not only do you remove that dry and flaky skin, but you also create a more welcoming surface to absorb the much-needed moisturizer to keep skin soft and smooth.

Why winter?

So, we’ve established that as winter approaches, your skin needs the care to help it recover from the damage of the summer sun, the environment, and another year of ageing! We’ve also reviewed the importance of exfoliation for winter skincare. Microdermabrasion is ideal for helping remove the damaged outer layer of dry skin that makes your skin appear dull.

Winter is ideal for cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion because the treatment increases photosensitivity. During the winter months, there is less sun exposure, so there is no risk of hyperpigmentation following treatment. Hyperpigmentation is caused when you have more melanin, which is responsible for your skin tone. This can leave areas of your skin darker than others, creating an uneven appearance. It can also slow down recovery time following treatment.

And let’s not forget, as the holidays approach, winter becomes very social. You’ll want to have a refreshed and more radiant appearance for all of those social gatherings.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, which stimulates your natural response to rejuvenate new cells and produce collagen. Because it is non-invasive, it is a popular procedure for ridding the skin of its dull appearance. Using a “facial wand,” the procedure offers a super exfoliation process that takes less than an hour.

The wand blows tiny crystals against your skin, “abrading” the “stratum corneum,” the dull top layer of your skin. As the crystals blast away dead cells, a gentle vacuum removes the cells, leaving behind a fresh new layer of healthy skin.

Why microdermabrasion?

Although there are many cosmetic treatments available to rejuvenate your complexion, microdermabrasion is quick and painless with no downtime required. It not only works for dull, ageing, or sun-damaged skin but is also very effective in reducing the appearance of light scarring as well as controlling acne. Treatments are customized to suit the needs of your skin type and skin challenges. It can be repeated every month or so to help your skin recondition itself with new cells and collagen.

Microdermabrasion Recovery

The term recovery might sound a bit extreme when it comes to microdermabrasion. The procedure won’t cause issues or pain following treatment. However, there can be redness, sensitivity, and itchiness. The redness is much like sunburn, and only lasts about 48 hours. That’s one of the main reasons winter is perfect for treatment, as you will not need to worry about irritation from sun exposure.

To help your skin recover, you can use these tips:

  • Remove dead skin cells with a wet cloth and rehydrating toner following your treatment.
  • When your skin has completely dried, apply a rich moisturizer.
  • To avoid peeling, moisturize for 4–6 days after the treatment.
  • Use sunscreen when you go out, even if it is cold and overcast.
  • Stay out of the sun for at least a week following treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation.
  • Drink water and eat lots of fruit and fresh vegetables to stay hydrated.
  • Never scratch or pick at skin following treatment.
  • Do not use cosmetic or skin products with harsh chemicals for at least a week.
  • Do not rub the area.
  • Do not tan or use tanning treatments for at least a week.
  • If you feel tenderness or burning, you can apply a cold compress to your skin or use an anti-inflammatory cream.

Microdermabrasion provides an affordable, highly effective cosmetic treatment to breathe new life into your dull, summer weary complexion. You will have minimal recovery time, as it is non-invasive. You can continue to book monthly treatments to keep your skin looking more youthful and to help maintain your natural, more youthful glow.

If you would like more information about the winter skin treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss microdermabrasion and see if it is right for you.

Clearview MediSpa offers convenient and confidential financing for your procedure. Contact the office today for more information, to book a consultation, or if you have any other questions about the treatment. Book an Appointment