Fighting Wrinkles – What Works

April 7, 2010 by AMA Lifestyle

skin care(AMA) – In the war against wrinkles women now have a variety of effective weapons they can reach for.  This article looks at 3 premium products that each fights wrinkles using a different approach, each with its own pros and cons.

First, why do we get wrinkles?

On the face, unlike the rest of our body, our skin is directly connected to the underlying muscles and the movement of these muscles is varied and constant.  Our skin, because its directly connected to the muscles, essentially goes along for the ride.

Many of these movements cause our skin to crease.  When we are young, our skin is supple and has an abundance of collagen which acts like a strong yet stretchy scaffolding.  So, when we relax our face, the creases disappear.

As we get older, our collagen deteriorates as does our natural ability to generate more.  Skin no longer rebounds and dynamic wrinkles deepen into permanent ones – hanging around even when the muscles are at rest.

Botox®

Botox is a form of Botulinum toxin that is injected into the skin in a diluted form.  It keeps certain muscles that cause wrinkles from contracting by paralyzing the nerves temporarily. This can prevent new wrinkles and fine lines from forming and helps reduce the appearance of pre-existing lines and wrinkles.

The results of the Botox treatment can last anywhere from four to six months. Treatments can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area that needs to be treated. The injections are usually given without any numbing agent, but patients who have a low threshold for pain may opt for a pre-injection numbing agent.

The risks, though rare, include bruising, numbness, swelling, muscle twitching, headache, and, most commonly, a droopy eyelid.  Botox must be administered by a doctor, and depending on the number of injections will cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000.

Restylane®

Like Botox, Restylane is injected into your face by a doctor. However, Restylane® is a dermal filler, rather than a paralyzing agent. It primarily contains Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance manufactured by your body.  The injected hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin beneath the wrinkle, reducing its appearance.

The side effects of Restylane can include some swelling and there may be mild bruising around the injection sites. Injections around the eyes can leave tiny bumps which are collections of Restylane that appear because the skin here is so thin. These may require secondary injections to resolve.  Treatments cost about $700 and typically last 4 – 6 months.

CupuacuVital™

Unlike the above products, CupuacuVital™ – Anti-Wrinkle Skin Rejuvenation Treatment is a topical that you can use at home and doesn’t require a doctor. Cupuacu’s approach is to promote the syntheses of skin collagen.  The product contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid (the same ingredient as Restylane), marine collagen, antioxidants and advanced peptides.

Many people instinctively assume that topical crèmes can’t produce the type of results that injectables can. However, in a six-week independent study on the effectiveness of CupuacuVital™ – Anti-Wrinkle Skin Rejuvenation Treatment, within 15 minutes of use, 84% of participants saw plumping of facial lines and wrinkles and 79% saw a lifting effect in facial skin and more than 85% of study participants saw a reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet and black circles.

As you would expect with a non-medical topical solution, the costs of CupuacuVital™ are considerably less than Botox® and Restylane® – and for a limited time only, they are offering a free trial for new users of this wonderful product.

While you need to visit a doctor to get Botox or Restylane, CupuacuVital™ – Anti-Wrinkle Skin Rejuvenation Treatment is currently offering a free trial from their web site.  Through this offer you can try the product for 30 days and if you aren’t satisfied with the results, you don’t have to pay for it.

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