As you begin to age and your skin does as well, wrinkles on the chin are relatively common. During the process of aging, your skin will become thinner and more fragile, and oil production tends to slow down. This means that your skin is also drier, which makes wrinkles easier to see. Chin wrinkles may also be caused by smoking, genetics, and exposure to sunlight.
While these changes can be frustrating, there are ways to treat them. In this guide, we will make you aware of your options and what you should be looking for when hunting for an anti-aging treatment. Let’s get started!
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What Causes Chin Wrinkles – What We Can and Can’t Control
Wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of the aging process. However, if you look at different people of the same age, you’ll notice that some look younger than others. Why is this? The main reason here is genetics, but it also has a lot to do with the way they’ve taken care of their skin throughout the years.
The one thing we cannot control when it comes to chin wrinkles is genetics. We’ve inherited these qualities from our parents and cannot control or change our genes. On the bright side, there are some things we can control. We can change our habits and the way we respond to our environment.
Let’s start with sun damage. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of chin wrinkles. We can easily prevent this by using a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF every day. Not only does excessive sun exposure lead to wrinkles, but it can also cause dark spots, reduce skin elasticity, or lead to harmful skin conditions.
So, next time you’re getting ready for work or a beach outing, use a foundation with SPF or apply sunscreen to your skin before stepping out into the sun. Your skin will thank you!
Then, of course, there’s smoking. We cannot overlook the damages smoking does to our skin and overall health. Cigarettes speed up the aging process for several reasons. The nicotine impairs blood flow to the face, damaging collagen fibers that are essential for skin elasticity. Smoking will result in saggy skin and more noticeable chin wrinkles over time.
To deal with wrinkles, you may want to visit a dermatologist first. Dermatologists should always be your first touch point when trying to address a skin concern. They are educated on different types of skin and will use their medical background to help you identify solutions that will be safe and effective for you.
After doing so, you’ll most likely have some options to choose from. Attaining healthy and youthful skin takes some time. Whichever method you decide to go with, be sure you’re patient and consistent with it.
Your doctor may be able to recommend some anti-aging products, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, that will be helpful for you. Using creams for wrinkles will help in reducing your skin’s roughness and wrinkles.
The effectiveness of topical wrinkle products is dependent upon the active ingredient in it. Finding a product with a good mix of active ingredients and without other unnecessary additives will give you the most concentrated strength and most visible results.
The creams most often used for wrinkles contain vitamins and minerals, along with other ingredients that will help your skin to become healthier, and therefore younger-looking. Some of the most common active ingredients in chin wrinkle-reducing products include:
- Vitamin C
- Hydroxy Acids (AHAs or BHAs)
Many of these ingredients act as an exfoliator, removing dead and unnecessary skin and stimulating the creation of new, younger-looking skin. Other products will encourage cell turnover or collagen products which will give the skin more elasticity and youthfulness.
Lifestyle Changes Needed
Sometimes products aren’t enough. While these can help show improvement, sometimes lifestyle changes should be enacted to improve the results you see and prevent future wrinkles from making their way onto your skin.
You may not be giving your body the proper nutrition it needs to keep your skin healthy. Eat foods that are high in vitamins E, C and A, and minerals including selenium and zinc. These vital parts of your diet will promote a healthy glow from the inside out.
Some of the best ways to add more of these good-for-you nutrients into your diet include nuts, broccoli, leafy lettuce, eggs and low-fat milk. Foods rich in good fats like salmon will also maintain thickness and plumpness of the skin.
You should also drink throughout the day, preferably water, to keep your skin hydrated. If water gets boring for you, try adding some fresh fruit or mint leaves to infuse your water and give it a unique and refreshing flavor. There is also a variety of unsweetened flavored seltzer water that can keep you hydrated.
Some people recommend facial exercises for wrinkles on the chin. There’s even a new craze lately called “facial yoga” that exercises the facial muscles to keep them strong and lifted. When you are speaking and expressing yourself, certain facial muscles are used more. Using specific exercises like face yoga, you can target the other muscles in the face. This will help to get rid of the look of wrinkles.
You may also use some home remedies to counteract the effects of wrinkles. While these are not guaranteed to produce results, some people have seen improvement from the use of home remedies. They can help your skin to look younger.
One such remedy includes two spoons of rose water, one egg white and two spoonfuls of glycerin. You can apply this mixture to your chin, and then wash it off after about ten minutes, with cold water. The glycerin can absorb water from the air and help to seal it within the skin for extra hydration and a youthful glow.
Glycerin and honey mixed are sometimes used as well. They can also be left on your face for roughly ten minutes, and then washed off. You may opt to use rice powder and yogurt. This mixture is massaged on your face for about five minutes and then washed off.
The Importance of Sun Protection
Always protect your face – and all your skin – from the sun’s damaging rays, whenever you are outside. The sun can affect your skin even on days that are overcast.
Besides using sunscreen, you can also use a hat with a brim large enough to shield the skin of your face. The sun is your biggest enemy when it comes to preventing wrinkles. Sun dries out skin and damages it, making it look much older than it is. You should wear an SPF on your face every day, whether you plan to be outside or not. When spending extended periods of time in the sun, try to find shade under an umbrella or a hat and always reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Treatments for Wrinkles
If creams and lotions have not worked for you, your dermatologist may suggest skin treatment options like lasers, peels or dermabrasion. These treatments, in different ways, damage or remove the top layer of skin which will stimulate new skin production for a fresh look.
Dermabrasion essentially sands down the top skin layer often with a diamond-tip buffer, and new skin will grow. You’ll probably have swelling and redness at first, but within a few weeks, your skin will start to feel fresher and younger.
Laser treatments are also used in some cases for wrinkles on the chin. Wounding the top skin layer will cause the growth of new collagen, which will make your face look younger. You may need more than one laser treatment for chin wrinkles.
Your dermatologist might also talk to you about doing a chemical peel. This is done with acid applied to the chin. A peel will remove the outer layer of skin, which causes new skin to grow. The treatment may cause redness for a few weeks, but multiple treatments may be used until your face looks younger and more radiant, with no more wrinkles on the chin.
Remember that these are all alternatives to surgery. Of course, you have the option of facelift surgery, which will tighten your skin and flatten out the wrinkles. Facelifts will last the longest, but they are extremely expensive and take a long time to recover from as well.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line here is that if you want wrinkle-free skin, you need to take the appropriate measures to care for and treat your skin as need. Chin wrinkles will not go away overnight. However, it is likely that you’ll begin to notice a difference in a matter of weeks.
Along with the treatment you decide to use, be sure you’re eating healthy, exercising regularly, and have a skincare routine in place that you’re following consistently.
This brings us to the end of our chin wrinkles post! We’d love to hear from you and what treatments have worked. Please comment down below and share your thoughts with us!