First, don’t panic! You’ve noticed your first wrinkle and we’re here to tell you what you need to know and what to do. Though it happens to all of us at one point or another, your first wrinkle or two will always come as a shocker. But no reason to fret, getting old is a gift! But of course, we understand wanting to curb the signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and skin laxity. To fight these inevitabilities, we have a few recommendations!
This is a tough one to answer because it’s different for everyone. By 30, most people will start to see their first wrinkles forming. But, those who abused the sun in their teens and 20s will most likely see wrinkles earlier. In addition to the sun, the other primary cause of early wrinkles is the over-use of the facial muscles. “Face-talkers”, or people who make dramatic facial expressions, are a perfect example. Repetitive facial movements are also a great example of overusing the facial muscles, such as squinting when the sun is out, lifting your eyebrows up, frowning, and yes — smiling (but please don’t stop smiling!).
So technically, if you’re seeing a lot of movement and wrinkles in your mid to early twenties, they’re premature. If you’re seeing them start in your 30’s, they’re right on time. And if you’re seeing them later… you have the Holy Grail of gene pools and you must be using a great skincare regime.
Prevention is always easier than correction! And sunscreen is your number one defense against sun aging. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 45 every single day and limit prolonged sun exposure. Doing both can slow down the process of a fine line turning into a deep wrinkle, and the formation of future lines, sun spots, and overall laxity.
Drink more water and moisturizer often! Having moisturized skin helps smooth wrinkles and keep the skin plump. Dehydration, even if mild, can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can even make your skin look dull. Make sure to use a hyaluronic acid hydrator, then a thicker moisturizer to seal it all in.
In addition to SPF and moisturizer, you’re going to want to step up your skincare game. More potent anti-aging products are going to be needed, such as retinol, lactic acid, vitamin C, and hydroquinone. Retinol helps to stimulate cell renewal and slough off dead skin cells. Lactic Acid helps to stimulate collagen synthesis. It improves skin texture, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps those who have hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage, all while brightening the skin. Lastly, hydroquinone works to reduce pigmentation and discoloration in the skin. Often times, the hydroquinone is mixed with other skin loving ingredients.
Botox: one of the most effective wrinkles treatments out there. If you are just starting to see movement that hasn’t turned into full-on wrinkles or lines, then this is the *perfect* time to get Botox. If you don’t let those wrinkles ever from, you’re not going to need [as much] in the future. And you most likely won’t have those etched in static lines that Botox can’t even take care of. However, if you already have a couple of wrinkles, no worries! Botox will work just as well! Fillers are also an amazing anti-aging tool that can restore lost volume to areas such as the cheeks, lips, or under-eyes.
If you’re not into injections, no problem! Skincare treatments such as microneedling, pixel resurfacing, or chemical peels are a great anti-aging tool to help combat wrinkles. Microneedling can help treat the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and the skin’s overall appearance. Pixel Resurfacing is a laser treatment that lifts away years from your face. Pixel Resurfacing can help reverse the early signs of aging, and help counteract years of sun damage or acne scarring. Chemical Peels (specifically medium depth ones such as the VI Peel) are great for those who are concerned with skin texture, acne, fine lines & wrinkles, pigmentation, and over-all skin health.
When you get your first wrinkles, it’s not the end of the world and there are lots of measures to be taken to help you age gracefully. Keep up with the sunscreen, medical grade skincare, the occasional professional skincare treatment and consider Botox/Filler!