You’re only 25 years old but just noticed your first forehead wrinkle – a deep line that goes horizontally across your forehead. There may be another hint of a wrinkle appearing just below it …above your eyebrow. You wonder why…since you’ve slathered on the sunscreen and used moisturizers all your life, you drink plenty of water, you eat a healthy diet and you don’t smoke. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone! It’s not uncommon for 20-somethings to begin to notice the first signs of aging and begin to consider Botox and other helpful med spa services as preventative treatments.
The Aging Process Starts at 20
Genetics and other factors play a significant role in how quickly we age. Some people start showing signs of aging as young as age 20, whereas others maintain a youthful appearance well into their 40’s. However, for all of us, the aging process is inevitable. Some signs of aging include:
- Slower skin cell production – Have you noticed how soft and smooth a baby’s skin is? That’s because they produce new cells on a daily basis. The production of new skin cells slows down as we age. This results in fine lines, wrinkles, and an uneven skin tone.
- Decreased elasticity – As your skin ages, it starts to lose some of its elasticity, so daily movements such as squinting, frowning – even smiling and laughing – can cause persistent lines over time.
- Less collagen – Natural collagen is what gives our skin a smooth, supple, youthful appearance. The levels of collagen decrease as we age, resulting in the loss of facial volume and the appearance of wrinkles.
- Facial hair – As women age, estrogen decreases, which can cause an increase in unwanted hair growth on the lip and chin area.
Understanding the aging process for each decade – starting at age 20 – can help us decide which skin regimes and treatments are best for both preventing and treating the appearance of wrinkles and other signs that we’re starting to look older.
Med Spa Treatments for Ages 20 – 30
Subtle changes happen during this decade such as fine lines due to a subtle decrease in collagen and elastin. You may also notice less of a ‘baby face’ due to decrease in skin cell production. Or you may still have some post-adolescent acne issues or scarring from previous flare ups. Whatever skin issues you want to treat or prevent, there are some great med spa treatments to consider:
Facial Peels – Chemical peels are great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and any skin discolorations or scarring from acne. They gently peel the outer layers of skin while revitalizing it with nourishing ingredients. The result? Youthful and flawless skin.
Microneedling – This is a great alternative to Botox if you’re not ready to try it yet. Micro-needling stimulates collagen and elastin in the skin which helps both preserve a youthful appearance and prevent fine lines and other skin irregularities.
Microdermabrasion – This exfoliation process gently lifts away the top layer of skin and increases circulation to enhance lymphatic drainage, oxygenation, and the delivery of important skin nutrients to maintain your youthful look.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy – Intense pulsed light selectively targets problem areas such as uneven skin tone, early signs of aging, sun damage and conditions such as rosacea.
Fraxel Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatment – Frax 1550 laser delivers very small, controlled bursts of heat energy to resurface the skin. It can smooth textural irregularities, rejuvenate sun-damaged skin and improve skin quality. The heat also stimulates the production of collagen, that magic ingredient that keeps you looking fresh and young.
Injectables – Injectables such as Botox relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. They soften lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth for a smoother and natural result that keeps you looking young 25-ish well into your 30’s!
Laser Hair Removal – This is a safe, almost permanent treatment that removes unwanted facial and other hair, giving you smooth and flawless skin.
Skin Care Products – Most med spas offer lines of high-quality skincare products and masks for every skin type. They will recommend the best products and skincare regimen for your skin to use daily between treatments.
If you’re a 20-something who’s worried about early signs of aging or other skin troubles, these points should give you the know-how you need to make a plan of action. Keep using sunscreen, taking care of yourself and your skin and consider scheduling a consultation with a med spa to explore services that will help preserve a flawless, youthful you!