How to iron away those creases on your face

In the world of “animal aesthetics“, you may have noticed that breeds like Shar Pei, Bulldogs, Sphynx cats, and Neapolitan Mastiffs become more expensive based on the number of folds they have. The deeper and more numerous the wrinkles, the more desirable and expensive these animals can be.

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But when it comes to “human aesthetics“, the love for wrinkles doesn’t quite follow the same trend. While many dread seeing new wrinkles appear, each of them tells a unique story and reveals something about you. 

If you’re not particularly fond of embracing wrinkles, continue reading to discover ways to smooth away those creases!

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Firstly, what are wrinkles? 

Wrinkles are the lines, creases, or folds that develop in the skin over time. 

Just as life isn’t always smooth sailing, these little lines serve as reminders of the crinkles we’ve faced along the way – in the past, present, and soon-to-be future.

Who are the culprits behind wrinkles?

Ageing: Wrinkles appear as we age due to the loss of elasticity and decreased sebum production in the skin. It’s the inevitable march of time leaving its mark.

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Sun Exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun damages collagen and elastin fibres, disrupting the skin’s structure and leading to wrinkles. Those beach days might come with a hidden cost!

Smoking: Nicotine in cigarettes and vapes affects both smokers and secondhand smokers by constricting blood vessels, reducing blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients. This impairment hinders the skin’s ability to regenerate, causing accelerated ageing.

Repetitive Facial Movements: Positive or negative facial expressions, when repeated, contribute to wrinkle formation over time. So, choose your facial expressions wisely – smile lines can be cute, but frown lines, not so much.

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Genetics: Some individuals are genetically ‘blessed’ to age faster than others, often running in families. Pay attention to your family history, including parents, siblings, and other relatives. (No) thanks, Mom and Dad!

Poor Skincare Habits: While good skincare habits maintain a youthful appearance, neglecting skincare, such as sleeping with makeup on, can accelerate ageing. A good skincare routine is your best defence against time.

Environmental Factors like pollution and harsh weather conditions: Exposure to environmental pollutants and harsh weather can inflame the skin, compromise its natural barrier function, and increase susceptibility to wrinkles. It’s not just what you put on your skin, but what your skin faces daily.

What types of wrinkles exist?

1. Dynamic Wrinkles (a.k.a. expression lines): 

These develop from repeated facial movements, but it’s not always negative; a few lines around the eyes and scrunches around the nose can make one appear more genuine when smiling.

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However, with age and repeated muscle movements, these lines can become more pronounced, gradually morphing from dynamic wrinkles to static wrinkles.

2. Static Wrinkles: 

Ever heard of the term “resting bitch face” (RBF)? Yes, just as some people’s resting faces radiate positivity, others’ relaxed expressions may inadvertently convey displeasure.

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Static wrinkles may be one of the culprits, as they are the visible lines and creases on the skin that persist even when the face is at rest or in a neutral expression.

Pulling a poker face doesn’t help because static wrinkles are more challenging to treat than dynamic wrinkles; they’re deeper and more permanent.

3. Gravitational Folds: 

As everyone faces the challenges of life’s gravity, so too does the skin. 

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Over time, the effects of gravity inevitably lead to gradual sagging of the skin.

Intrinsic ageing is a natural process, but it can also be prematurely accelerated by extrinsic factors such as genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits.

How to fend off the folds?

These lines on your skin will eventually turn into folds over time due to various causes.

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While we cannot defy gravity, alter genetics, or completely halt biological ageing, there are numerous professional treatments, home care products, and home devices that can be used to thwart and slow down the process.

Invasive Treatments: 

Botulinum Toxin Injections: These temporarily paralyse targeted facial muscles, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet.

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Dermal Fillers: Non-toxic injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, or other substitute ingredients, are used to plump up the skin, fill in wrinkles, and add volume in sunken areas.

Thread Lift: This involves inserting thin, dissolvable threads under the skin using a fine needle to strategically place them in areas that need lifting and tightening.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: A medical treatment that uses a concentrated form of the patient’s blood to promote healing, rejuvenation, and tissue regeneration.

Surgical Face Lift, Eye Lift, Neck Lift: These surgical procedures involve lifting and tightening the skin of the face, eyes, or neck to reduce sagging and wrinkles.

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Non-Invasive Treatments: 

Microdermabrasion: This procedure uses a specialised device, like a diamond tip and vacuum suction, to exfoliate the skin, removing the outer layer and stimulating new skin growth in the superficial layers.

Microneedling: Tiny needles create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and boosting collagen and elastin production.

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Fractional Laser Therapy: Laser energy punctures multiple tiny channels into the skin, promoting the growth of new, smoother skin and stimulating collagen production.

Radio Frequency Therapy: Radio frequency energy heats the deeper layers of the skin without damaging the superficial layer, promoting collagen production and skin tightening.

Ultrasound Therapy: Ultrasound waves deliver focused energy to specific depths of the skin and underlying tissues, triggering the body’s natural healing response.

Too many options to choose from? 

While invasive treatments promise quick fixes, they also come with risks like botched surgeries and lengthy recovery periods.

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But what if you could get the same jaw-dropping results without the pain and downtime?

Introducing Estetica’s Ultight MFC FaceLift Therapy! This groundbreaking treatment uses Micro-Focused Ultrasound (MFU), a precise medical-grade ultrasound technology, to stimulate collagen production at up to four different layers of the skin. The result? Instant tightening and long-lasting anti-ageing benefits.

Home Care:

Topical Retinoids: Whether it’s over-the-counter retinol or prescription-strength retinoids, these are excellent for boosting collagen production and speeding up cell turnover, helping to prevent wrinkles.

Chemical Peels: These treatments involve applying a highly concentrated chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells, promote rapid skin renewal, and stimulate collagen production.

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Antioxidants: Ingredients like Vitamins C and E act as antioxidants, shielding the skin from free radical damage and restoring its youthful vitality.

Peptides: These are chains of amino acids that support collagen and elastin production, essential for maintaining firm and supple skin.

AHAs and BHAs: Exfoliating with alpha-hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid) or beta-hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid) can help remove dead skin cells, refine texture, and diminish the appearance of fine lines.

What’s the ultimate must-have for your home skincare arsenal?

While we advocate for a comprehensive approach to fighting wrinkles with a variety of home care products, there’s one standout that deserves a prime spot in your routine: ést.lab’s VitaLift A+ Intensive Youth Restoring Capsules.

These little powerhouses combine the super antioxidant Fullerene, boasting 250 times the potency of Vitamin C, with a supercharged trio of anti-wrinkle and collagen-boosting peptides. Soon, you’ll be reveling in smooth, baby-soft skin that’ll leave you craving for more!

Home Devices:

LED Red Light: This specific wavelength of light penetrates deep within the skin, promoting collagen production and rejuvenating skin cells from within, resulting in improved skin texture and reduced wrinkles.

Microcurrent: Using low-level electrical currents, microcurrent devices stimulate facial muscles, helping to tone and lift the skin while also promoting collagen and elastin production for a more youthful appearance.

Radio Frequency: Although less intense than professional treatments, home-grade Radio Frequency devices can still stimulate collagen production and improve skin firmness and elasticity over time.

Ultrasound: Emitting high-frequency sound waves, ultrasound devices exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and enhance the penetration of skincare products, leading to clearer, more radiant skin.

Derma Rollers: These at-home microneedling devices stimulate collagen production and enhance the absorption of skincare products, leading to smoother and firmer skin over time. 

Looking for an effective anti-ageing home device?

Look no further than ést.lab’s VitaLift A+ SmartSculpt Buddy.

This innovative device harnesses the power of Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) microcurrent technology to tone muscles and lift sagging skin. 

But what sets it apart? It doesn’t just work on the surface; it delves beyond the superficial layer to target and tone the 43 facial muscles!

Plus, it comes with a complimentary ést.lab’s VitaLift A+ SmartSculpt Booster — an activating cream designed to conduct EMS for the ultimate tightening, firming, and long-lasting lifting results. 

Thank you for sticking around until the end of this blog. In addition to selecting the right treatments, homecare products, and devices, it’s crucial to be mindful of habits that contribute to creases.

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No, we’re not suggesting you suppress your emotions, but rather, incorporate small changes. For instance, try sleeping on your back, avoid rubbing your eyes, and relax your forehead while reading, studying, or working. By kicking off these habits, you’ll save them for truly worth-it moments!

In good hands,