We all age; it’s inevitable. And during some point of our lives, we begin to see line and wrinkles and things that weren’t there before. Things we’d like to change or reverse.
How does our skin age?
As we get older, our skin gets less elastic, or bouncy, as our body stops producing collagen. And, and our existing collagen breaks down, making our skin not as flexible, giving the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and possibly sagging in the neck or chin.
What Exactly is Collagen?
Collagen is a structural protein in the connective tissues of our skin, bones, and tendons. It’s basically the glue that holds our bodies together. Our overall skin’s protein is made up of 30% collagen, while facial skin contains 70% collagen.
Factors that can affect the breakdown of collagen:
As we age, our bodies will lose collagen naturally, but there are other things that can speed up the aging process.
I Have Wrinkles, Now What?
When we think of anti-aging treatments, facelifts, Botox and fillers come to mind. But, these are invasive harsh treatments that over time, may do more harm than good.
Drastic Surgery Options
Facelifts, eyebrow or eyelid lifts, and chin implants are all surgically invasive procedures that can erase some of the years from your face. You need to have some elasticity in your skin for them to be effective.
They make incisions around the hairline, usually near the temple and ears and lift the skin. The effect can be dramatic, but side effects can occur with any surgical procedure. And, they do nothing for the lack of collagen in your body or the elasticity of your skin.
Botox stands for Botulinum Toxin
Does that sound like something you’d want injected into your skin? According to physicians, the toxin is perfectly safe in its form that’s used in Botox, but it’s known that large doses are harmful and even deadly.
Botox is primarily used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial movements; smiling, frowning, and squinting. It relaxes your facial muscles, erasing those specific types of wrinkles. It can take up to a week for results, especially the first time, and it usually lasts between three to four months before your next procedure is necessary to continue the benefits.
Although not surgery, Botox is still an invasive procedure where you are injecting a bacterium into your skin to freeze the muscles (Medical News Today) and still may carry side effects.
Dermal fillers are similar to Botox, only in that they are injected into the skin. They are usually made of either calcium or Hyaluronic acid (both naturally occurring in our bodies), or Polyalkylimide, Polylactic acid, or Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres which are all forms of plastic, although compatible with our bodies (Medical News Today).
Each of these injectable substances is used for different are like plumping lips, and reducing wrinkles, shadows, or scars. They last between six months and two years, but still may have side effects, and to maintain the effects, you will need repeated procedures.
There are three types of chemical peels, superficial, medium, and deep, where an acid is spread over your skin to remove the top layer by exfoliation. These are very popular, but they have side effects. You need to stay away from the sun and avoid smoking and need a lot of aftercare, especially with the deeper treatments.
Are there effective alternatives to invasive anti-aging treatments?
Yes! There are non-invasive alternatives to surgery and injections that give better results, because they use your skin’s natural healing capabilities, including collagen production.
Anti-aging facial treatments can revitalize your skin through deep-cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing, and nourishing with collagen or vitamin-rich creams.
Facials stimulate your skin, increasing circulation and relaxing your facial muscles, similar to Botox injections without any side effects or harsh chemicals.
There is a process of cleansing, exfoliating, extraction if needed (blackheads), massage, and facial mask which will address specific skin types, followed by moisturizing.
Ideally, monthly facials should be part of your skin regimen as your skin renews monthly, and should be followed by a recommended daily home skincare.
Microdermabrasion is one of the best non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments available today. It uses tiny crystals sprayed onto the skin using a wand, and then vacuumed away, taking with it the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your face fresh and glowing. There is no downtime as with harsh chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion helps reduce the appearance of
You will notice a difference after the first treatment, however, several treatments are recommended 2-3 weeks apart. Usually as part of a facial.
Micro-current Non-Surgical “Facelift” Treatment
Micro-current uses electro-muscle stimulation to reprogram and tone the muscle fiber, and also tighten loose skin. You will notice fewer lines and wrinkles as it tightens, tones, and lifts the facial muscles supporting the skin tissue without the invasiveness or side-effects of a traditional facelift.
After weekly treatments, you should notice:
You can see five to seven years age-reduction after multiple treatments
LED Light Therapy
LED stands for bright light-emitting diodes, developed from NASA research, to stimulate the production of ATP, or Adenosine Tri-Phosphate, the fuel that powers life at a cellular level. There are two types of light. Red light helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, and blue light kills bacteria under the skin which causes acne.
This safe and non-invasive treatment can help reduce aging by:
There are several alternatives to harsh, abrasive, and invasive treatments to reduce and reverse the effects of aging.
Call or Jivana Green Spa & Salon and discuss your options with a licensed aesthetician and they will come up with the best treatments for your skin type and issues.
During September, all anti-aging facial therapies, including our Ultimate Layered Facial, are 15% off. You can call or book your appointment online, and just mention the September special.
Berry, Jennifer. Medical News Today. What is the Difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320510.php; accessed, 9/1/2018