Ever heard of rhytidermia?
Unless you’ve chowed down on the Oxford English Dictionary for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s unlikely that you have – but it’s actually the medical name for wrinkling of the skin.As we get older, rhytidermia becomes an unpleasant fact of life, as our mirror mocks us by displaying unsightly folds, ridges or creases in our skin …
… but ageing is not the only cause of wrinkling. Sun damage, smoking and even dehydration can all combine to make your skin crinklier than wrinkly rocker Mick Jagger enjoying a lad’s holiday in Benidorm. Although the signs of ageing are often inevitable (thinner, drier and less elastic skin are in the post, my friend), there are actually a number of things you can do to shrink the appearance of wrinkles and slow down the process.
Consider Botox Treatment
These days, Botox is not reserved for the rich and famous, with many millions of men and women around the globe visiting their local Botox clinic in the quest for smooth and perfect skin – and it’s easy to see why.
With no surgery and no recovery time, Botox offers quick and noticeable results, and can treat frown lines between the eyebrows, lines around your eyes, as well as the horizontal lines across your forehead. Interestingly, Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating …
Give Up the Cigarettes
It’s easier said than done to give up the old cigarettes, but an increasing number of studies show that regularly puffing away on nasty cigs does age the skin. How? By breaking down its collagen and elastin, the important components that help keep your skin younger looking.
In fact, research carried out on twins in London found that the sibling who smoked had skin that was more wrinkled and a whopping 40 per cent thinner than the non-smoker – which should be reason enough to give up if you and your siblings are particularly competitive.
Get More Sleep
When you’re a busy career woman juggling work and family commitments, it can often seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day – and regularly getting eight hours kip is nothing but a distant memory.
However, eggheads have found that when you deprive your body of sleep, excess cortisol is produced, which can break down your precious skin cells. The cure? Try to get more shuteye, which will help you produce more human growth hormone and help guard against those dreaded wrinkles.
Now it’s over to you …
Have you noticed your skin getting wrinklier as you get older? Do you plan to tackle it or grow old gracefully?
Let me know by leaving a comment below – I’d love to hear.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x