Aging is a natural process that most people wish never existed. Aging results in the loss of volume in facial bone and tissue. As a result, the face develops wrinkles, lines and dark circles around the eyes. Given that the modern world has an aversion for the aging process, people use a variety of methods to delay aging for as long as possible. Although there is a question mark about the success of some of these methods, a good number of these methods have quite effective anti-aging properties.
A few of the popular anti-aging techniques include facial massage, exfoliation, applying lotions and creams, and facial masks. When combined with a healthy and well balanced diet, these procedures can slow down the aging process quite significantly. However, the most popular anti-aging product is Botox or Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. The cosmetic use of Botox is to temporarily paralyze the facial muscles and, as a result, remove wrinkles. Additionally, Botox also has other medical applications.
Despite the wonderful anti-aging properties of Botox, it has one major flaw. Owing to the temporarily paralysis of facial muscles caused by Botox, the face has a stiff appearance that resembles a statue. Therefore it generates a great deal of excitement to know that there are quite a few new and innovative anti-aging products in the market today.
Non-invasive anti-aging procedures may include radio frequency waves, ultrasound and laser treatment for the face. The principle is to use heat to make the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin, think the skin is injured. As a result, the dermis secretes more collagen leading to the development of new skin that is fresh and young. An additional advantage is that the recovery time after these procedures is very short. Experts believe that owing to laser treatments, some forms of cosmetic surgery will become obsolete within the next two decades.
Recently, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tested a wearable silicone-based polymer film that can be applied to the face or the body as a thin and transparent layer. Aptly titled “second skin”, the product consists of two creams. When these two creams are applied, they dry into a film which can be peeled and discarded after 24 hours. According to reports from the researchers, this “second skin” can make the skin smoother, firmer and erase wrinkles after a 24 hour time period.
Other exciting new products include a brand of gin called Anti AGin with drinkable collagen and a dark chocolate called Esthecho. Both promise to keep the skin young and supple. Given the frequency at which such new products are being launched, the future of anti-aging treatments looks very exciting indeed.