What’s a good firming and wrinkle treatment for skin? There are actually lots of them. Here’s a quick look at 7 of the good ones. No trip to the cosmetic surgeon required.
1. Use a Cream Containing Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that you might be familiar with. It is becoming more common as an ingredient in dietary supplements, particularly for heart health. As a side note, if you happen to be taking statin drugs to reduce your cholesterol levels, you should be taking COQ10, because statins interfere with its production.
Without adequate COQ10, muscle cells die. If the level in the skin’s cells is inadequate, free radicals do a lot of damage. Research indicates that creams containing COQ10, also known as ubiquinone, help reverse sun damage, reduce wrinkles, improve softness and improve the skin’s moisture content.
2. For Under the Eyes, Look for a Gel Containing Peptides
Peptides are protein fragments. Several studies have shown that peptides when applied topically stimulate collagen production and diminish wrinkles. It’s a good firming and wrinkle treatment for skin under the eyes, because that area is particularly thin. If it doesn’t get enough help, it will become older looking faster than any other part of the face.
3. Take It Easy When You Wash Your Face
Dermatologists see more problems caused by over-washing than by a lack of cleanliness. If you are worried about clogged pores, use a good deep cleansing mask on an occasional basis. Remember that dirt does not cause acne. But, over-cleansing can cause blemishes, by changing the skin’s natural pH and by causing inflammation.
4. Always Use a Good Moisturizer
Even plain tap water strips the skin of its natural oils. Soap strips even more of them. Keep stripping them away, without replenishing them and sooner or later, you will start to see a lot of sagging, dryness and wrinkles.
A good moisturizer can also be an effective firming and wrinkle treatment for skin of all types, if it contains the right ingredients. You don’t want petrolatum or mineral oil. They cause excessive greasiness and clog the pores. You do want natural plant-based oils that grape seed.
5. Eat Right to Support the Skin’s Health
Applying antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 directly works to prevent and repair free radical damage. Eating more antioxidants, particularly those found in fruits, vegetables, green tea and salmon, can improve firmness by 10% or more, protect against sun damage and improve circulation.
6. Avoid Squinting
The most popular injectable firming and wrinkle treatment for skin around the eyes is Botox. It works by paralyzing the facial muscles, making it impossible to squint. You can avoid squinting by wearing sunglasses or getting your eyes examined. It might not make an amazing difference immediately, but it will help as time goes by.
7. Be Picky About Your Skincare Products
Even a so-called firming and wrinkle treatment for skin health may be loaded with toxins, free radicals and irritants. Those are causes of cellular aging. So, be picky. If it’s not guaranteed, don’t buy it.