Whether you want to reduce smile lines or forehead wrinkles, or reduce the appearance of jowls, there are many options from your vanity, your clinician, or your plastic surgeon to help you achieve your goals for the best youthful skin you can have, no matter your budget.
We will go through various skin treatments, from some you can do at home on your own, to opting for fillers, all the way to going under the knife.
Best At-Home Treatments For Firm Skin
Not everyone wants to spend money on laser treatments, fillers, or facelifts. That is why there are many options to try at home before looking for more permanent and intense solutions. If you don’t like needles, or have a lower budget, then these options may be for you!
Skin Tightening Creams
If you struggle with baggy dark circles under your eyes, searching for a Caffeine Eye Cream can help tighten the skin and reduce the look of dark circles. Just like a cup of coffee can wake you up, caffeine creams wake up your skin and make you feel, and look, beautiful and vibrant.
There are many body creams meant for different areas of the body, from helping reduce the look of cellulite on your bum, to firming up saggy arms, there are products for everyone. Look for creams infused with Collagen, which helps stimulate growth of new skin cells and repair scarring and discolouration. Always look for the right creams that match your skin type. From dry skin, oily skin, to combinations in between, there is a serum for everyone. Take a trip to your local cosmetics store, or speak to your beauty clinician for a thorough list of products that will suit you best!
You are what you eat. You hear it a lot. What we eat shows up on our skin, and sometimes not in a good way. Eating a healthy meal with a balance of protein and healthy fats can help make your skin appear younger. Skip out on the greasy drive-thru fast food, and opt for healthy greens to love your body, and it will love you back.
While nourishing your body with a colourful plate, continue nourishing your body at your medicine cabinet with vitamins and supplements that are good for the skin. Collagen can be taken as a supplement, which is especially beneficial if you do not eat meat, as collagen is found in bone broths, and carnivorous foods. Taking supplements can help your body create new skin cells and repair damage.
It is not just in the serums that can do the magic. Various lifestyle changes can help slow down and prevent further skin damage. Keeping hydrated by drinking enough water can provide your skin with moisture and leave you looking and feeling energized.
Sunscreen is also not just for the beach day. Adding SPF-containing sunblock to your daily skincare routine on top of your moisturizer protects your skin from damaging UV rays which cause sunspots, wrinkles, and rapidly increase aging . Protecting your skin from the sun also can reduce your chances of developing melanoma, also known as skin cancer.
Exercise Is Also Key
Studies have shown that performing resistance-focused exercises reduces the amount of circulating inflammatory factors in your blood, and promotes rejuvenation of the skin. Resistance exercises include weightlifting, bodyweight exercises like sit-ups and push-ups, as well as any other exercises where you are working against a weight or force that resists your movement (hence the name Resistance Training).
That being said, there are many health benefits in general for any sort of physical activity, so get off the couch and get moving. Your body will thank you, and you’ll look and feel great.
Best Non-Surgical Procedures For Firmer Looking Skin
There are many non-surgical options to help achieve firmer, youthful looking skin with varying levels of permanence. Non-surgical procedures have the shortest recovery time, while offering the most favourable, natural-looking results in a shorter period of time than at-home methods.
Fillers & Injectables
Botox is one of the most common non-surgical methods used to firm the look of skin. Botox works through injections into the muscles, which use chemical signals to block the muscle from properly contracting. This can reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles and frown lines, smoothing your face’s appearance. Botox is temporary, and requires repeat sessions over time to maintain. Talk to your local beauty clinic to learn if Botox can work for you and your beauty goals.
RF Microneedling Treatments
Microneedling is a growing trend in beauty care, especially with technological advancements such as Morpheus8. Morpheus8 combines traditional microneedling techniques and the use of radio frequencies to permeate deep into the skin, creating small abrasions to promote the growth of new collagen. Microneedling can reduce the appearance of scarring and wrinkles to create a firmer and youthful experience.
Laser treatments use small lights and lasers to penetrate the skin, promoting the growth of new collagen and elastin in your skin, while metabolizing old skin. Laser treatments can be done on the face and body, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks, cellulite, wrinkles, and scarring.
Laser treatments can be relatively painless with a minimal recovery time, which is ideal for the busy working woman, or the new mom looking to reduce her stretch marks.
Surgical Options To Tighten Skin
Surgical facelifts are the most extreme method to obtain firmer looking skin. Depending on targeted areas, facelifts may look different for everyone. This procedure typically involves incisions along the hairline or ears, to gain access to the skin and facial muscles. The skin and muscle are then repositioned by the plastic surgeon and sewn back in place. After a facelift swelling or bruising is normal, the same after any surgery.
Surgical facelifts should be chosen after careful consideration and a thorough consultation by your doctor, as the results are permanent and drastic in most cases.
Fat Transfer & Lipid Grafting
Fat grafting, also called liposuction, is another invasive surgical method where fat is removed from one part of the body (butt, thighs, stomach, and transferred into other parts of the body. This fills in areas where you may have saggy or wrinkly skin, in order to smoothen the complexion and reduce wrinkles. The best part about this method is that it is all natural as you are using your own body’s natural building blocks to accentuate other parts. This surgical method, when done correctly, can achieve drastic yet natural looking and beautiful results with minimal risks of rejection or complications during recovery.