There’s an old quote by George Burns that I particularly love: “You can’t get help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” The spirit of this statement is that, while the passing of time and the progression of life cannot be stopped, we have control over the way we perceive it. The power of thought is immense, and our mindset can greatly dictate the way we let aging affect us. But for those that is does affect, there’s always options. Even non surgical anti aging methods.
However, it’s awfully difficult to mentally overcome this inherently deflating process when you see it in the mirror each morning. In today’s environment — with a weakening ozone layer, high levels of air and water pollution, GMOs in our food, etc. — visible aging signs tend to develop earlier than ever before. When we see wrinkles creeping across our face, spreading from the corners of our eyes, outlining the edges of our lips… it serves as a saddening reminder of the toll that the passage of time has on us. And that reminder is broadcast to everyone else in addition to ourselves.
Non Surgical Anti Aging Methods
Don’t despair! One of the wonderful benefits of living in this current day and age is that we’re amidst a scientific revolution. New techniques and methods emerge all the time, and superior research methods are helping separate those that work from those that do not. Surgical and invasive procedures like toxins injections and face lifts are losing their luster as we discover new tactics are equally beneficial — if not more so — while carrying only a fraction of the cost and risk.
So if you’re not particularly keen on getting poked with needles or sliced up with blades, then we recommend trying one of these non-surgical anti aging strategies. We won’t mention any specific brand names, since this piece is intended to be informational rather than promotional, but we will tell you what to look for in a premium wrinkle cream or anti aging product.
We’ll start with an approach that, while not necessarily surgical, can still feel a bit painful and invasive. It involves applying a chemical solution to the face, neck, hands or feet and then intensively exfoliating. This removes the outer layer of weathered skin and reveals fresh, regenerated skin beneath. It can help remove uneven skin pigmentation, wrinkles and dullness. There are differing versions with heightening levels of impact — a superficial peel, a medium peel and a deep peel.
The sensations associated with chemical peels are generally described as more of a stinging feeling than flat-out pain. However, the irritation can often be too much for those with sensitive skin. Always consult a dermatologist or skincare specialist before attempting a skin peel.
You might see “acid” in the name and fear the same astringent and potentially painful effects of a chemical peel, but hyaluronic acid is quite mild, rarely causing burning sensations or irritation. It does, however, offer exceptional hydrating capabilities. This ingredient offers remarkable moisture-binding action, with the ability to hold many times its own weight in water. Using this in conjunction with a moisturizer will greatly improve the efficacy and impact, resulting in a softer and smoother complexion. This compnent is present in a wide array of skincare products, found both online and in retail stores.
Peptides are a relatively new entrant in the skincare space, but they are quickly gaining popularity as a fast-acting wrinkle fighter with minimal downside. A peptide is a compound that consists of multiple amino acids linked together in a chain. In short, they help spur production of collagen, a critical dermal building block that inevitably declines with age.
The difficulty with peptides is finding a way to properly penetrate the outer layer of skin and deliver them effectively. Not all brands do this equally well. Research for blends with the highest peptide dosage and the best absorption methods. This approach won’t work for everyone but it has a high success rate and typically begins to show noticeable improvements very fast.
Ceramides are fatty lipids that form an important foundation of our skin’s composition. Phytoceramides are natural and similar properties extracted from plants. They essentially mimic the reinforcing activities of ceramides, helping to strengthen and solidy the outer barriers that lock hydration in and keep harmful elements out. It’s a completely safe way to dramatically bolster skin health.
Each of these four approaches offers varying levels of efficacy without anywhere near the level of risk and expense that comes along with surgegies and medical procedures. At the very least, we advise trying them first to combat wrinkles before a more extreme option.