Your skin is the mirror to your age. Fresh young skin is the envy of the world – it is taut, smooth and unmarked. But as you age, your skin becomes dull, oily and lined. It becomes thinner and prone to sagging, which gives rise to more wrinkles. Though fine lines and wrinkles are a part of natural aging, you can do a few things to keep them at bay for a few years more:
#1 Drink as much water as you can.
Water is the restorative elixir for most of humankind’s problems. Hot weather getting you down? Down a glass of cold water. Feeling constipated? Drink water to ease your woes. Got a headache? That’s right, drink water to keep dehydration headaches away. Water transports nutrients to various parts of the body, and helps waste matter exit the body as well. It helps keep the circulatory processes working in fine fettle. It also has an immediate healing effect on the skin and hair. Skin and hair cells need enough doses of water every day to be able to produce collagen and new cells. A dip in water levels can cause skin dryness, which starts the process of fine lines and wrinkles. But if you drink sufficient quantities of water every day, your skin will remain wrinkle-free for much longer.
#2 Work off the stress in your skin.
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to skin distress. It delays skin rejuvenation and restoration, slows down collagen production and hampers the growth of elastin. Together, these factors contribute to skin dryness, loss of volume and overall poor health. The skin soon develops fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t let stress get to your skin – go for regular facials and do face yoga exercises to keep the skin supple and young. You should also work out regularly so that toxins may leave the skin via sweat, and higher amounts of oxygenated blood reach the skin.
#3 Stay out of the sunlight.
It is certainly your time to shine, but please do so after it gets dark! The strong sunlight in Dubai can strip your skin of its moisture and oil, and reduce the skin’s capacity for restoration and renewal. It also makes the skin darker in colour and prone to rashes and boils. Skin exposed to prolonged sunlight can become leathery and dry. The UV rays can cause certain kinds of skin cancers as well. Never step out of the house or office during daylight hours. If you must, wear full coverage clothing and wear a layer of sunscreen lotion.
#4 Eat a balanced diet.
What you eat determines your good health. This includes skin and hair health, too. If your diet is rich in oil, salt, white sugar and trans fats, it will impair the skin’s ability to renew itself. The skin requires nourishment from vitamins, minerals, protein and good fats. Ensure your diet includes seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, good fats (from oily fish like salmon and eggs) and plenty of calcium and protein (from eggs, lean meats, pulses, etc.) A good diet helps the body process nutrients properly and supply them to the skin. In turn, the skin becomes hydrated, supple and radiant. Since it is hydrated from within, it does not become dry and dull. Thus, the chances of the skin become papery and lined are reduced.
#5 Get Botox injections.
This might seem like an extreme step to take after the steps outlined above – but tell us, what choice is one left with if DIY measures won’t give you the results you need? Also, Botox injections for fine lines and wrinkles are routinely administered in Dubai’s premium skin and hair clinics. The Botox is injected into the muscle under the fine line or wrinkle, thus effectively ‘freezing’ it so that it does not move for a few months. When the underlying muscle cannot move, the skin over it relaxes – this automatically smoothens out the fine line or wrinkle over it.
Know more about Botox for fine lines and wrinkles
Though Botox injections are commonly taken to smooth over wrinkles, there are a few things you must be aware of about the procedure. Your doctor should decide to go ahead with it only after checking your health profile, skin health and whether you are on any medication at the moment. They must be experts with the injections, because the Botox needs to be administered in just the right amount, at the right spot. If administered wrongly, it can result in a ‘wonky’ face i.e. the face frozen in a strange expression if the chemical freezes a nerve instead of muscle. Or the face might become mask-like overall, with the person hardly able to even raise their eyebrows or smile widely. There are several instances of botched Botox jobs where doctors were less than careful with how they administered the shots.
Do ensure that you go to a leading doctor for Botox injections in Dubai. Checking their track record and success rate will certainly help. Do look up online customer testimonials for the doctor and the clinic where they work so you can have a sense of what to expect from the treatment.
Also, the Botox effects wear off in six or eight months. After this, the doctor will study the state of the skin and administer the next shots to continue the earlier results.