We first start to notice signs of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead in our 20s when the skin’s oil production begins to slow down and dryness gradually sets in. In our 30s, as collagen and elastin levels begin to decline, the skin becomes thinner and has less volume. The complexion continues to lose its natural moisture, causing fine lines to become deeper and more prominent – yes, we call these wrinkles – and they make their first, lasting, appearance in our mid-30s.
The good news is, they can be treated quite easily and successfully at this stage with very little effort or investment (at least for now). Here are some ways to treat early signs of lines and wrinkles before they become deeper crevices, requiring more drastic measures:
Ways to Treat & Prevent Wrinkles in Your 30s
♦ First, it’s incredibly important to exfoliate regularly with a glycolic acid or something similar. Read more on the importance of exfoliating the skin and decide on a method that is best for you – the key thing is that you do it regularly to stimulate cellular turnover.
♦ Another easy way to keep deeper wrinkles at bay and treat existing fine lines is to use a retinol product to help slow down the loss of collagen and elastin. You need to introduce these products slowly to the skin to build tolerance. There are different types of retinol (a Vitamin A derivative), so before you choose one, learn about the difference between Retinol and Retin-A.
♦ Laser treatments stimulate cells in the dermal layer to increase collagen and elastin levels – an effective way to treat and prevent lines and wrinkles. Professional laser treatments such as Fraxel work by targeting just the lines, without disturbing the surrounding tissue. The laser stimulates the natural healing process in the skin which leaves the skin looking young, smooth and healthy. Find out if Fraxel laser resurfacing is for you.
♦ If you like the idea of laser to stimulate collagen and elastin, there is a hand-held home version you can own for less than $500. This age-defying laser by Tria™ is FDA approved and most see reulsts in less than 4 weeks.
♦ Botox is a very effective, if temporary, way to freeze facial muscles to soften lines and wrinkles. Botox is a good way to prevent lines and wrinkles from getting worse – that’s because the botulinum toxin injection prevents the facials muscles from contracting (the primary cause of lines and wrinkles). The procedure costs from $175 to $500 per session and will need to be repeated every 4-6 months.
♦ Fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra are other options. These effectively correct shallow to deep lines, folds and other facial wrinkles. Learn more about Scupltra and see if it’s an option you might consider.
♦ Finally, you can help prevent wrinkles while you sleep with this low-tech, but effective, device. Actually, it’s such an easy solution, it should be part of every anti-aging routine. First it’s important to understand that there is such a thing as sleep wrinkles. These form on the sides of the face when you sleep. The skin “folds” and creates a line or crease and over time, these become deeper and permanent. But thanks to the SYLATM , sleep wrinkes are preventable, even reversible.
75% of sleep wrinkles form on the forehead, frown area or eye area
The SYLATM is an innovative and very effective solution to remove sleep wrinkles from the forehead and around the eyes. It’s a patented guard you can wear the night before a big event to look your best or wear it every night to gradually smooth out years of wrinkles caused by sleep lines, sun exposure, squinting and general aging. It is also proven to prevent new sleep lines and ‘iron’ out existing lines. Learn more about the Syla™ created by Dermatologist, Erin Owoc.
A quick and easy way to deflect attention away from fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet, is with an illuminating face primer – specifically one that contains tiny specks of mica, a shiney mineral that settles into lines and reflects light away, lessening their appearance. Apply a thin layer over your moisturizer before you apply foundation. Try this one from Smashbox