We want to look young, stay young, and feel young. We want to look our best well past our thirties, forties, and even well into our fifties and sixties. We are willing do this through any means possible, even if the idea behind the treatment sounds a bit nuts (or even extremely nuts). No price is too high for youth and no method will ever be dismissed for being too painful. I mean, if a doctor told me that I could have the skin of a 20-year-old again, but it involved some excruciatingly painful technique that would cost me more than I make in a year, you are darn right I would give it serious consideration before selling off a kidney. Youth is eternal (or it should be).
But none of us have to go through scream-filled torment. The anti-aging market is a multi-billion dollar field and new anti-aging treatments are being released each day. From treatments that involve going to a dermatologist, using serums and lotions, and trying out rediscovered and newly discovered natural ingredients, there is absolutely no shortage of treatments to try out on anyone’s budget or pain threshold.
15 Get Rid Of Bruising And Rosacea
Let’s say you whacked your head on the coffee table last night while drinking and goofing with friends or maybe you banged your leg into that wooden box out in the middle of the garage (WTF?). Who cares how you got that bruise, you just want it gone. Apparently, you can get it gone rather quickly if you make a trip to the dermatologist. After the bruise has fully developed (about 48 hours), you can have the bruise treated with a V-Beam vascular laser. A few hours after the treatment, the bruise should be faded enough to cover the rest of it up with a light bit of foundation. This vascular laser can also be used to clear up red birthmarks and rosacea. The downside is that a single treatment can cost $350 to $800. Better to live through a bruise than to cough up that kind of money, unless you earn money with your good looks.
14 Droopy Skin Fix
For many women, as they age their skin seems to lose its elasticity and begins to droop. Instead of letting it get them down, there are radio-frequency waves. Thermage sends sound waves into the skin and stimulates collagen production. The new collagen firms up the skin and makes it look younger. It can be used on the face, knees, arms, and jowls. The cost can be pricey at $1,000 to $5,000 per treatment The only other major problem with this treatment is that it can be painful. If you have a low tolerance for pain, you may want to seek out a different type of treatment for your sagging skin, such as the eTwo laser which, using the same sound waves, delivers a smaller, less painful dose. The average cost for one treatment with eTwo is about $1150.
13 Fix Your Skin Tone
Sun damage and hyper-pigmentation can make us look and feel older than we already are, but there is real hope. Newer trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are said to be better than the older chemical peels because you don’t get the ugly skin scab. Instead, after a single treatment, you will probably experience dry, flaking face skin followed by a bright, more even skin tone. The cost can be around $100 to $150 per treatment, depending on where you have it done.
12 Wash Your Face With Oil
Whoever thought that you could wash your face with olive oil to fight off wrinkles? Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D. told Redbook Magazine about this simple treatment. Simply mix together 10 ml of olive oil with either 2 drops of carrot seed oil (increases elasticity) or 2 drops of frankincense oil (improves skin tone) and massage the oil into your face for thirty seconds. Rinse it off with just warm water. I have been using this natural anti-wrinkle treatment for just a few days and so far I really like it. I haven’t had any breakouts and my face feels clean after each use.
11 Vitamin C Serum
I use a lot of different oils on my face and skin, from vitamin E oil and rose hip oil to coconut oil and avocado oil. I like to change things up now and again, and test out new products to fight off the aging process for as long as possible. While looking around on Amazon.com, I found my new miracle serum. While it won’t replace the oils I use, I can use it on my face before applying a moisturizing oil. Vitamin C serums are loaded with raving reviews from both young and older women who swear it has reduced the appearance of fine lines and given their skin a fresh new glow. With most serums having hundreds to thousands of reviews and high ratings, it sounds like this may be the anti-aging serum I need until I can schedule an appointment with the dermatologist.
10 Non-Surgical Nose Job
Botox parties were all the rage not so long ago as men and women rushed to have their foreheads treated with the magic poison. The latest Botox fad has to do with the nose. Dermatologists say that the first place we begin to notice real aging is on the nose. Having a small dose of Botox professionally injected into the tip of the nose is said to give the nose a youthful lift and it can take years off your appearance in just about 10 minutes. A Botox injection can range anywhere from $350 to $500. If your nose needs a bit more than just Botox, you can also get a non-surgical nose job in just a few minutes. Hyaluronic acid fillers are being used to help reshape aging noses and to give them a more youthful lift that can change a person’s entire appearance.
9 Would You Like Tea On Your Face?
I tend to like natural anti-aging treatments more than the medical treatments because they are light on the wallet and I can try them out on a whim without having to set up an appointment. For example, a popular anti-aging treatment in China takes full advantage of the antioxidants in tea to help fight off wrinkles and add some plump to the skin. The face mask is made with powdered green tea (you can do this on your own if you have a mortar and pestle) and brewed white tea. Mixed together to make a thick paste, the mask is applied to the skin and allowed to dry before washing it off.
8 Anti-Aging Ginger Tea
According to an article on The Huffington Post, women in India drink ginger tea each morning to fight off wrinkles. I used to drink ginger tea years ago as a way to feel energized (it worked), but the fresh root is not always in stock where I live and I eventually fell off the bandwagon. Time to get back on it, though. The women make the ginger tea by boiling hot water and pouring it into a cup with some shredded ginger (I used to use about a tablespoon of fresh shredded ginger for a nice kick) and a touch of honey to sweeten the punch. The ginger contains an antioxidant that helps prevent the breakdown of collagen.
7 Melt Away Fat
As we age, gaining weight becomes easier and losing it becomes even harder. Liposuction is the most common method used to get rid of the fat that just won’t go away, but there is a new treatment to be tried out that doesn’t involve major surgery. The UltraShape System is a non-invasive treatment that shakes apart fat deposits and disintegrates them so that they are taken in by the liver and disposed of. The treatment uses ultrasound energy, requires no surgery, and causes no harm to your skin. It can be used on your gut, butt, thighs, and arm fat. There is no downtime after the treatment and you will be back on your feet right after your session. One treatment costs about $1,400 and it is common to need about three sessions.
6 Spider Veins
Many women get spider veins on their legs as they begin to age. Years ago, my mother had treatment on her spider veins that involved saline injections. She found that the injections sting a bit - some women find the injections rather painful. Newer spider vein removal methods inject detergent-like drugs into the veins to eliminate the problem areas. The newer drugs, such as Asclera and Sotradecol, are said to be less painful, but you will still have to deal with the needles. The procedure can also cause some bruising and there may be some discomfort after the treatment. The average cost for one session is around $400.
5 Anti-Aging Body Oil
We focus so much on the appearance of the face that we tend to forget about caring for the skin on the rest of our bodies. Don’t neglect yourself from the neck down. Instead, make yourself a batch of anti-aging body oil that contains antioxidants and those beneficial fatty acids. Prevention has a quick and easy recipe requiring you to mix together an equal amount of avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil. Make sure all the oils are labeled as cold pressed or extra virgin to get the best quality oils. Blend the oils together and use on your entire body. If it is cold out, you may warm up the coconut oil to get it to blend with the other oils. Otherwise, set a small amount of the coconut oil in a warm place and it will melt naturally on its own.
4 Fractional Appeal
My local dermatologist offers this service and I have to admit that I am eyeing up the possibility of trying it out. A fractional laser is used to restore your skin’s collagen and its elasticity. It also helps break up skin pigmentation. The downside is that you don’t see immediate results from the treatment. It will take about a week before you begin to see positive changes in your skin and then it keeps getting better for up to a few months after the treatment. The cost of one treatment usually starts at $800.
3 Neck Muscles
As we age, our neck muscles become thick and tight. These muscles, in turn, pull downwards on the face, creating an aging look. Dermatologists have found that they can use Botox injections to relax these neck muscles and, in effect, give us a non-surgical face lift as a result. The only downside to the treatment is that it only lasts for three to four months, so you will need to repeat the treatment for as long as it proves beneficial to your looks.
2 Scrape Off The Old
Microdermabrasion is quickly trending among older women who want to lessen the appearance of fine wrinkles and make their skin smoother. The treatment, at least to me, sounds rather comforting, but I also like using face scrubs and can go a bit overboard on treatments. Microdermabrasion uses a metal wand that goes over the skin and removes dry skin, small skin bumps, and trapped oil. It is like taking a superfine sandpaper to your skin and removing all the crap from it. The treatment can cost over $100 per session.
1 Fillers For Small Face Lines
Hyaluronic acid filler is a newer FDA approved dermal filler used to get rid of fine lines on the face. Dermatologist Fredric Brandt says the material "spreads out evenly instead of clumping up like other fillers, so you don't have to inject it deep into the tissue.” This is great news if you want a quick fix for your lip lines and crow’s feet. It is also said that there is less bruising with this product than with the older fillers that would clump. Some brand names for this dermal filler are Captique, Perlane, and Restylane. The cost is close to $600 per treatment.