How To: Treat Wrinkles At Home
Staying at home and can't get to your usual injectable appointment? Whilst there is no serum, moisturiser or snake venom that magically makes wrinkles disappear, there are products that effectively increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen, stimulate hyaluronic and deeply hydrate the skin for a smother, firmer, more radiant complexion. Here we take you through the best products to combat ageing from home.
Why do wrinkles form?
We cannot critique any anti-wrinkle product without first understanding how the ageing process, and wrinkles, work. The most important thing to recognise is that both intrinsic and extrinsic factors are at play. Cosmetic Injections generally target the intrinsic factors, but by understanding and treating the extrinsic factors, alternate anti-ageing products can be just as effective. As our Co-Director Lisa Sullivan-Smith states:
"At The Clinic we take a total face approach. Gone are the days of chasing a wrinkle, good skin is just as important".
There are four key intrinsic factors that play into ageing:
Cosmetic Injections are common treatments to combat these intrinsic factors of ageing. For example, Anti-Wrinkle Injections can be used to directly reverse a wrinkle in the forehead, whilst Dermal Fillers can effectively restore volume loss to the cheek bones.
Looking now at the three key extrinsic factors that play into ageing, these are the factors we can control in our environment:
Extrinsic ageing factors affect the quality of the skin and it's this part of the ageing process we can effectively treat from home using medical grade, cosmeceutical products. Lisa's anti-ageing skin care formula is quite simple:
"Good quality Vitamin C, Retinol, Exfoliation and of course sunscreen. This is something we can all do from home!"
How Can Products Help?
'Cosmeceutical' products contain active ingredients in higher concentrations. When applied topically to the skin, active ingredients penetrate more deeply and are clinically proven to produce better results that over the counter ‘Cosmetics’.
Some common ingredients found in Cosmeceuticals that prevent, manage and target signs of ageing include;
Especially when looking to treat lines and wrinkles, medical grade Cosmeceuticals are imperative to create real change in the skin. A product bought from a beauty shop may state it contains Peptides and Hyaluronic, however it does not compare to the quality and quantity of that same ingredient within a Cosmeceutical product. You can find more information on the difference between Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetics in this previous blog post.
Which Products Are Worth Investing In?
"As a medical cosmetic clinic rather than a beauty shop, we have access to stronger formulations and are seeing fantastic results, almost as good as Injectables themselves, from the new SkinBetter Science range" says Sullivan-Smith.
The SkinBetter Science range has taken out several awards for their skin science and incredible results, namely in anti-ageing. The range covers everything from cleanser, moisturisers and transformative serums.
The ultimate line smoothing and skin plumping product. This patented delivery technology drives an incredible four different types of Hyaluronic Acid faster to the skin, to topically fill the appearance of expression lines. It is a non-needle approach to deliver a high-quality HA solution, that improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth, crows feet and forehead lines. InterFuse Lines also boasts a collagen-nourishing complex to support and strengthen pre-existing collagen, as well as stimulate new collagen growth.
Also available as SkinBetter Science Interfuse Treatment Cream EYES $135
Worried about your eye area, dark circles or fine lines? Utilising neuro-calming Peptides this product legitimately relaxes the appearance of lines around the eyes within four weeks. Containing Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant to brighten the skin, and with the aid of Caffeine to relieve the look of under eye puffiness. This eye cream has it all.
Containing over 19 different Antioxidants, this serum provides the most comprehensive cellular defence available in the skin care industry. Using this serum each morning is going to dramatically improve the tone of the skin, as well as strengthen the skin. Antioxidants quite literally fight off radicals and protect Collagen, to keep the skin tight and firm.
Retinol is the gold standard anti-ageing ingredient however also the most complex and known to cause irritation. This is due to the way Retinol is created, stabilised and delivered. SkinBetter Science have a patented Retinol delivery system known as AlphaRet that combines Retinol with Lactic Acid, Antioxidants and moisturiser to decrease irritation and maximise results. What are you achieving by using AlphaRet? Increased cell turn over and production of new skin cells, namely the production of Collagen, significantly improving the appearance of lines and creating a more even skin tone.
SkinBetter Science Exfoliating Peels Pads (30 pack) are not your typical, buy-at-the-beauty-shop peel pads. Utilising award-winning Retinol complex, they are also rich in Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acids, a triple threat when it comes to deep exfoliation. These pads are the closest you will come to an in-clinic peel from home.
SkinBetter Science is available by consultation only. If you’re interested to be prescribed these advanced formulations, book a Video Consultation with our Registered Nurses. Consults are free and only take 20 minutes.