Everyone gets wrinkles as they grow older. As well as aging, wrinkles can also be caused or exacerbated by smoking, dehydration, sun damage, and some medications. Most often, wrinkles tend to appear on the part of the body that get the most sun exposure, such as the face, neck, backs of the hands, and tops of the forearms. There are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce wrinkles. There are also cosmetic procedures available to reduce these signs of aging, such as those provided by the team of dermatologists at Atlanta Center for Dermatological Disease in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming GA.
Protect from Sun Damage
Over 90 percent of the visible changes in the skin are caused by sun damage. If you are spending time outdoors, the best way to protect your skin is with sunscreen. When you are choosing a sunscreen, there are some important factors that you should take into consideration, such as:
- SPF (Sunburn Protection Factor): Every sunscreen has a rating that indicates how well it protects your skin. If you’re spending time in the sun for two or more hours, your best choice is a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Broad-spectrum: A broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best choice because it will protect you against UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
- Water resistance: Although no sunscreen is completely water-resistant, some are effective for up to 80 minutes.
Drinking enough water is vital for helping your liver and kidneys flush toxins from your body and keeping it young and fresh. Ideally, you should drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. Avoid substituting your glasses of water with sugar and additive-laden carbonated beverages. This is an important step for patients in Sandy Springs trying to avoid wrinkles.
Take a Vitamin Supplement
Vitamins are important for the skin to keep it looking healthy and young, particularly vitamins A, C, and E. Even when your diet is balanced and rich in vitamins from vegetables and fruit, only a percentage of these vitamins are delivered to the skin. To combat this, you may wish to supplement your skincare with lotions that are rich in certain vitamins. Vitamin A is essential for reducing the signs of age such as discolorations and wrinkles. Vitamin C helps prevent wrinkling and sagging and protects from free radicals. Vitamin B-3 increases hydration and vitamin E protects the skin from the sun’s damaging UVA rays.
Cosmetic Procedures to Reduce Wrinkles for Sandy Springs Patients
At Atlanta Center for Dermatological Disease, the following wrinkle-reducing procedures are available:
- Facial fillers such as Juvederm and Sculptra
- Chemical Peels
If you’re ready to reduce your wrinkles and other signs of aging, call the Atlanta Center for Dermatological Disease's Sandy Spring office at (404) 252-4333, the Alpharetta office at (770) 664-5225, the Roswell office at (770) 751-1133, or the Cumming office at (770) 844-1902.