What are the best anti wrinkle treatments and which ones do celebrities use?
Did you ever notice that everyone in Hollywood with a sun-kissed glow has either a “self tanner” or “air-brushed” tan?
Airbrush tanning studios like Mystic tan are all the rage because celebrities like the look of tan skin, but don’t like the look of wrinkles.
In addition to “faking it” with airbrushed tans, celebrities prevent wrinkles by slathering on sunscreen, having regular visits with their dermatologists, using only the most effective anti wrinkle creams, using the best anti wrinkle treatments and by stopping creases from forming with injectables.
In this article we reveal which anti wrinkle treatment is best for you and which anti wrinkle treatment celebrities are using to stay youthful!
Read the entire article to find the perfect anti wrinkle treatment if you have the time or click on which anti wrinkle treatment below that you want to learn more about:
Some scientists believe that the wrinkles that are due to genetics and gravity would not appear until your early sixties, if you had faithfully followed the inner and outer skin care guidelines addressed in the Celebrity Skin section of this website. Imagine not needing an anti wrinkle treatment until age 60!
But what if you spend many years frying your skin at the beach, drinking, smoking, or even going out on occasion without sunscreen?
What if you could not resist the lure of slathering on coconut scented suntan lotion while sipping a margarita by the sea?
You may develop wrinkles as early as your late twenties and early thirties if not sooner. So start prevention now! You must adopt all of the inner skincare guidelines discussed in the Get Great Skin from the Inside article in the Celebrity Skin section of CBSG into your daily regimen.
Remember to apply sunscreen faithfully everyday! Squinting and frowning also cause wrinkles so be happy and wear your shades (UVA and UVB blocking)! And stay up to date on anti wrinkle treatment information by subscribing to our e-zine (check out the bottom of this page to sign up!)
Shopper Beware: Steer clear of facial exercises! Many beauty books and videos tout these as an anti wrinkle treatment. Nothing could be further from the truth! These exercises can create even more wrinkles, because of the fact that your skin has a “memory”. These exercises provide basically the same result as squinting and frowning!
The first step is to convince yourself that your natural skin tone is beautiful, without a tan, and that because you forgo sun-tanning, your skin will remain beautiful much longer than your tanning peers. Have you ever noticed that people from previous generations aged faster than you? It's because they tanned more.
Before Coco Chanel came back from her tropical vacation with a tan in the 1920s, pale was regarded as an ideal feminine skin tone for women of European ancestry for centuries, and women constantly wore large hats and carried parasols to shield their pale faces from the sun. If you have naturally pale skin, learn to embrace it as beautiful, just as all other shades of skin are.
If you must be tan, use self-tanners. See our article Best Self Tanners for a list of highly rated self tanners that will give you a natural look, including one brand used by celebrities!
For the broadest protection against the aging effects of the sun, look for sunscreens with the ingredients parsol and avobenzone, such as Ombrelle. Also, be on the look out for a futuristic sunscreen ingredient, Mexoryl SX, which is purported to be a new breed of sunscreen with strong anti-aging benefits.
Apply your sunscreen everyday in the morning before you step outside the house to prevent premature aging, uneven skin tone and skin cancer. It is best to apply sunscreen before your makeup, either alone, or as an ingredient in a moisturizer.
At least make sure your foundation contains sunscreen of SPF 15, if you refuse to apply a separate product first. Remember to apply sunscreen to the back of your hands and your neck if you really want to swim in the fountain of youth for as long as possible.
Almost every celebrity has a dermatologist. Dermatologists have access to all the latest anti wrinkle treatment methods and the best ways to evaluate the proper treatment for your particular situation.
If you can afford it, visit a dermatologist (just keep in mind that insurance companies consider treatment of wrinkles a cosmetic expense so they will not pay for anything).
Look in the yellow pages for doctors who specialize in the treatment of wrinkles. Make sure you pick a dermatologist who is board certified and a member of the ASDS or ASD. Make sure their facility is state-licensed or accredited. Try to find one who uses a Woods Lamp or UV-detect photography to better evaluate your skin’s condition below the surface, so they can better determine what anti wrinkle treatment is best for you.
If you want a great anti wrinkle treatment without having to make an appointment for a dermatologist, see the article Best Anti Wrinkle Creams. Here you will discover the anti wrinkle creams used by celebrities, so you know they must work! Moisturizers will make your wrinkles less visible, temporarily, by plumping them with moisture.
For maximum hydration, pick a moisturizer with the ingredients hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and cetyl alcohol. If the moisturizers contain alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) they can help banish fine lines, and can be considered an anti wrinkle treatment, but there are stronger AHAs available that a dermatologist can prescribe.
The first anti wrinkle treatment to consider are retinoids like Retin A, Renova and Avage. Retinoids are the only topical products that are known to increase the collagen level of the skin.
These vitamin A derivatives smooth fine lines caused by the sun and make skin smooth with a healthy glow. They not only repair the fine lines which result from aging of the skin, but they prevent aging as well. Find a more detailed description of Retin A in our Best Acne Treatments article, in the Celebrity Skin section, as Retin A also treats acne.
If you use retinoids you must use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and avoid the sun. This anti wrinkle treatment can be very irritating to the skin. If you apply the retinoid for ten minutes and then wash it off, the product should have been able to penetrate your pores just long enough to be effective with less irritation.
This anti wrinkle treatment is found in the form of lotions and peels. Topical vitamin C can repair fine lines, fight environmental damage and free radicals, and improve the skin tone. Some doctors feel that vitamin C in its topical form is as important for the health of the skin as vitamin C is important in the diet.
Interested in seeing the many antioxidant benefits of vitamin C first hand? Try Cellex-C High Potency Serum, available at Sephora.com.
The newest antioxidant star is Prevage, a topical cream prescribed by dermatologists. The antioxidant ingredient in this anti wrinkle treatment is called idebenone, which is 400 times more effective in treating skin than vitamin E. This ingredient slows the aging process by preventing free radicals from destroying the skin’s structure. Prevage also reduces fine lines, smoothes the skin’s surface and replenishes dry skin, all with less irritation than vitamin A derivatives (like retinoids),making this an ideal anti wrinkle treatment for those with sensitive skin.
This anti wrinkle treatment comes in many varieties, including lactic, lipoic, glycolic, kojic, and salicylic acids. This anti wrinkle treatment can soften fine lines, unclog the pores, improve moisture retention, exfoliate the skin without friction, improve skins luminosity, and make the skin clearer. Alpha hydroxyl acids, or AHA lotions, which are derived from milks, apples, lemons. wines, or sugarcanes.
Keep in mind that AHA lotions available without a prescription (found at drugstores, for example), are not nearly as effective as those that your dermatologist can prescribe, and the prescribed AHAs are still not as effective as Retin A. The advantage that AHAs do have over Retin A is that they are less likely to irritate your skin.
Try Lancome Resurface Peel which is available at Lancome-Usa.com. This product was developed with a dermatologist and is said to deliver professional level results at home.
This anti wrinkle treatment includes alpha and beta hydroxy acid or tretinoin peels which will refine and smooth the skin, and help with discolorations and acne. These peels will give you an immediate youthful glow. Your skin will most likely be pink for a day afterward. This anti wrinkle treatment normally take 30 minutes and cost around $100 to $200 per session. You will usually need 3 or more for maximum results. Treatments are usually spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
This anti wrinkle treatment is a procedure during which a vacuum rolls over your skin while fine crystals remove the dead surface cells. This anti wrinkle treatment is very gentle with no downtime. The skin may be pink for a day or two afterward.
Usually five or more treatments are needed for maximum results. Each microdermabrasion treatment usually costs $125 to $250. With continued treatments fine lines and acne scars are less visible. Treatments are usually spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
This anti wrinkle treatment is an alternative to the more mild remedies mentioned above. Celebrities use this anti wrinkle treatment to both treat and prevent wrinkles. The idea is to plump up their wrinkles (or wrinkle-prone areas) from under the surface with “fillers” or to stop wrinkles from forming with “injectables”.
Fillers are medical compounds or implants that can fill your wrinkles, creases, and craters (from acne scars). Some can even plump your lips.
Injectables can prevent and stop wrinkles and deep folds from forming. Most doctors believe that temporary fillers and injectables are the best kind because they are not permanent and therefore are adaptable to your changing skin.
This anti wrinkle treatment should be done by a well-trained, board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. The doctor should only be using brand name fillers or injectables that are approved for use in the United States by the FDA.
If your skin needs concealing after having a filler or injectable procedure, because of redness or bruising, there is a water-proof, sweat proof, natural looking cosmetic paint called Jane Iredale Disappear ($24), call (800) 817-5665 for more information. It can be applied to sensitive, just-treated skin. To combat swelling, use soft, cool compresses (like a cold, wet washcloth).
The most common injectable is Botox. Botox is known as a denervating agent. This is because it is injected into facial muscles, preventing them from making the contractions that form wrinkles and deep folds in the skin.
Botox will halt the onset of crows feet and frown lines in younger patients and will either completely erase the wrinkles or will very noticeably soften the appearance of wrinkles in patience who already have them.
The brow region and crows feet are the two most common treatment areas, but many more areas are possible. Results usually last about 3 to 4 months. Cost of Botox treatment is usually $380 to $600 per area treated. A topical anesthetic may be used to minimize discomfort and there is no downtime reported. Results are seen in 3 to 7 days.
There are many different types of dermal fillers. Brand names of collagen-based dermal fillers include: Zyderm, Zyplast, Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast.
Hyaloronic acid is a moisture-binding compound found in skin. Brand names of hyaloronic acid-based dermal fillers include: Restylane, Hylaform, Hylaform Plus, and Juvederm.
Lab-based compounds are also used in fillers, such as the synthetic temporary filler with the brand name Sculptra. This filler is said to encourage the skin to produce its own collagen.
Semipermanent fillers may contain synthetic beads and are injected in the skin’s dermis. Brand names of these include: Radiance, Radiesse, and Artecoll.
A partially permanent filler is also available, using your own fat. These are known as autologous fat injections or fat transfers.
Hyaloronic acid fillers like Hyalaform, Restylane and Juvederm are used to treat ine lines, creases, depressed scars, crows feet, lines above the lips and frown lines. Hylaform Plus is denser and used to fill deep creases, like between the nose and mouth and at the corners of the mouth.
No allergy test is required, results usually last 6 months, and the cost is usually $500 to $1000 per area treated. A topical anesthetic can be used before treatment to minimize discomfort and no downtime is reported with Hylaform, but Restylane (a non-animal source option) may result in bruising or swelling for up to a week.
Collagen fillers like Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast, Zyderm and Zyplast are used to fill wrinkles, depressed scars and creases. No allergy test is required, results usually last 2 to 3 months, and the cost is usually $300 to $600 per area treated. A topical anesthetic can be used before treatment to minimize discomfort and no downtime is reported. The dermatologist injects the collagen and a lump appears above the skin surface. The lump will fade (in as little as 6 hours), and the wrinkle will have been smoothed away.
If you are allergic to collagen, ask about autogenous tissue implants.
If you want a filler with more lasting results, another option is Fibrel, which may smooth the wrinkle for up to five years. So what is the drawback here? This procedure is more painful and time consuming and many doctors don’t perform it because it is a lot of work to mix the collagen material, with salt water and a sample of your blood (the necessary first step).
Another anti wrinkle treatment is autologous fat injections, or fat transfer, or microlipoinjection, which takes fat from another part of your body and plumps up the wrinkle line with it. This is used to treat frown lines, smile lines, depressed scars, and crows feet. There is no danger of an allergic reaction because the filler is from your own body. But these results can be extremely short-lived to permanent, depending on how many treatments. Three to four treatments are necessary on average. A local anesthetic is used. There is minimal downtime. This procedure is usually about $2,000.
A less available anti wrinkle treatment option is surgical tread which can plump up a wrinkle by the placement of a protein-based thread under it. This thread stimulates local cells to produce their own collagen. The thread dissolves after about six months or so, leaving the remaining collagen to fill out the wrinkle for two to five years.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in a strong amount will cause the top layer of skin to fall off after frosting it. This may help with surface skin irregularities. The new red skin underneath will take at least a week to heal. Permanent discoloration and scarring are among the risks of this anti wrinkle treatment. The average cost of a TCA peel is between $500 and $1000.
A rapidly rotating brush or disk removes the top layer of the skin. This anti wrinkle treatment is often used to treat acne scarring, but can also be effective for repairing sun damaged skin. The procedure is done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Your skin will be raw and red for at least a week, and discoloration may persist for over a month. You will also need to stay out of the sun for many months! Potential risks include scarring and permanent discolorations. Average cost is from $100 (for a sport treatment) to $4,000 (for the full face).
There are two types of laser resurfacing for the skin, ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers can give more dramatic, precise results than non-ablative but carry more risk of scarring, pigmentation problems, and infections. This is a surgery which requires anesthesia and pain medication. Ablative laser resurfacing can result in a need for 4 to 6 months of healing time. You may have to stay out of the sun for a whole year or a whole lifetime afterward! Ablative lasers are definitely not for darker colors of skin as they may result in permanent lightening or discoloring of the skin in patches.
Non-ablative lasers give less dramatic results and usually require a series of treatments to see results. Diodes, IPL or Cool Touch lasers are used for these procedures. Three to five treatments spaced two to three weeks apart are the norm. These are especially used for acne, removing unwanted hair, or for treating discolorations, but they can also help aging skin by improving tone and texture, and by stimulating the production of collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
For the treatment of wrinkles, non-ablative lasers are usually used in conjunction with other techniques, like fillers. There is no healing time, minimal discomfort and fewer risks, although risks of scarring and discoloration are always there, and these lasers are not recommended for all complexions.
Make sure you think carefully before signing up for ablative procedures like dermabrasion, ablative peels and ablative lasers. The word ablative refers to penetrating the layers of the skin, whereas non-ablative refers to refining the surface, so these are not minor procedures. These anti wrinkle treatments should only be performed by a board certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon in an accredited surgical setting.
Second, realize that although the procedures are now safer and simplified with less recovery time required, there are still risks. These risks differ depending on which procedure you opt for.
Third, you must be sure that you are not opting to go under the knife when a more conservative treatment may work for you. Be sure cosmetic surgery is a last resort, and realize that it is serious. In most cases, results cannot be reversed.
If you do decide to have cosmetic surgery, there is an endless list of procedures available from which to choose. Today’s plastic surgery is also much more natural looking and subtle.
Be sure to choose a plastic surgeon that is certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons by logging onto their website at PlasticSurgey.org.
Ask your doctor the following questions:
1. What, exactly, does the procedure consist of? (What steps, how long, and what kind of anesthesia and pain relief will be required.)
2. Will I have any noticeable scars?
3. What exactly are the risks and possible complications?
4. What will I look like afterward?
5. What will the total cost be?
6. Any additional questions you may have. Ask them all!
If you are curious about a particular procedure, you can get free information about it by logging onto PlasticSurgey.org.
More anti wrinkle treatments are available from your doctor.