Can You Prevent Wrinkles?

Can You Prevent Wrinkles?

Aging affects many parts of your body. Some of these effects are more visible than others, like wrinkles

Though genetics play a major role in the tone and texture of your skin, there are steps you can take that might slow down the effects of aging and even prevent wrinkles. 

Our health expert, Dr. Lena Speck Hopkins, specializes in medical aesthetics. We want nothing more than for you to always look as young as you feel.

Here, we want to tell you what you can do to prevent wrinkles. 

About your wrinkles

Yes, it’s true. Wrinkles are part of the natural aging process. Those lines and wrinkles that appear on your skin are the result of a slowdown in skin cell renewal and collagen production as you get older. 

Thinning of the subcutaneous layer of fat under your skin is also part of the aging process, contributing to the saggy, crepey look. Production of your skin’s natural oils also decreases with age, making your skin drier and the lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Though your age and genes are two of the uncontrollable factors that contribute to the visible signs of aging, they’re not the only players in the aging game. 

Preventing wrinkles

When it comes to preventing wrinkles, there are many things you can do to protect your skin and the toll time takes on your appearance. 

Beware of the sun

Spending too much time in the sun accelerates your skin’s aging process. More specifically, the ultraviolet (UV) rays break down the collagen and elastin found in your dermal layer of skin. Collagen and elastin are supportive proteins responsible for keeping your skin strong and resilient. Loss of these structural proteins causes your skin to sag and wrinkle.

Limiting your time in the sun is one of the best things you can do to prevent wrinkles. Seek shade when you’re outdoors, especially when the UV rays are at their strongest between 10am and 4pm

Use sunscreen daily

Whether your time out in the sun is brief or prolonged, you need to apply sunscreen daily. When you do spend long periods of time outside, reapply your sunscreen every two hours. 

Long sleeves, long pants, wide-brimmed hats, and large sunglasses also provide protection from the sun. But you still want to apply sunscreen to all areas of your skin that might get sun exposure.

Keep your skin moisturized

No matter your age, don’t ignore your dry skin. When your skin is dry, the skin cells shrink, causing premature lines and wrinkles. Moisturizers trap water in your skin, keeping those cells plump and preventing the lines and wrinkles.

Adopt healthy lifestyle habits

Your lifestyle affects the health of your skin. Eating a healthy diet filled with plenty of fruits and vegetables may prevent premature aging of your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Regular exercise also improves blood circulation to your skin, helping to maintain it’s youthful glow.

If you smoke, quit. Like the sun, smoking accelerates your skin’s aging process, making you look older than your actual age. 

Rejuvenating your look

What if you already have wrinkles? Well, it’s never too late to take steps to protect your skin and prevent wrinkles. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with your past mistakes.

We help many women rejuvenate their look and smooth out lines and wrinkles with TempSure™ Envi. This innovative skin-tightening device delivers radiofrequency energy to the dermal layer of your skin, triggering the production of collagen and elastin.

Adding a new layer of collagen and elastin restores your skin’s natural strength and elasticity, smoothing out those lines and wrinkles. 

Our skin-tightening treatments with TempSure Envi are painless, quick, and require no downtime. Though you can expect improvements in your look after one treatment, we recommend a series of 4 sessions set at 2-4 week intervals to get the best results.

Your new collagen and elastin are permanent. However, to prevent wrinkles, we recommend touch-up treatments every 6 months. 

Yes, you can prevent wrinkles, even if you already have them. Let us help you restore your youthful look with our skin-tightening treatments. Call our office in Harlingen, Texas, to schedule a consultation with our medical aesthetic specialist today. 

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