In search of a more youthful appearance women and men are using cosmetic fillers and dermal fillers to minimize laugh lines, crow's feet, and forehead furrows.
These injectable dermal wrinkle fillers are soft tissue fillers approved as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cosmetic wrinkle fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are injected into the skin to help puff up facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually re-absorbed by the body.
According to the FDA, successful results depend on:
- health of the skin
- skill of the doctor
- type of filler used
Health of the skin is where sun protection comes in!
The #1 cause of wrinkles is the sun's radiation which damages the skin over time. Too much sun hurts cellular DNA and damages collagen fibers, creating deeper lines, lessening elasticity creating a more leathery appearance. Additionally, the more the skin is damaged by the sun the more difficult it is to repair itself. The sun also darkens pigmentation which can accentuate a wrinkle or just look blotchy.
After spending all that money for dermal cosmetic fillers to look younger about the last thing any of us wants is to speed up the process we are paying the big bucks to eradicate.
So... here is the plan:
- Use a Physical Sun Block by wearing a face shield, sun protection hat or carry a sun umbrella
The absolute best defense against the sun is a physical barrier between you and the sun. One example you can use is draping fabric across the face. This option is not always practical, but if it is, you may want to consider our Freezer Buff for maximum sun protection
If having fabric across your face is not practical, which is often the case, consider a good wide brim sun hat or sun umbrella. These extremely effective physical blocks are quick and easy.
A sun protection hat or sun umbrella is good UV protection for the sun rays coming straight down on you, but it does not provide a sun barrier from reflective UV rays. Reflective rays are those pesky UV rays that bounce off surfaces like the snow, a parked car or the sand while you are sitting on the beach and come underneith your sun hat or sun umbrella to strike your face.
- Use sunscreen to protect against reflective UV rays. Here is where sunscreen enters into the sun protection arena. (Note: It is never wise to think of sunscreen for all day sun protection. Even the highest SPF sunscreen will NEVER protect as well as highest UPF fabric. Not even close!)
I think we all know that using broad spectrum sunscreen is very important. Broad spectrum means the sunscreen has ingredients that block both UVB AND UVA. Ingredients that block UVA radiation are Avobenzone, Zinc Oxide and Titanium. (UVB is the only wavelength measured in an SPF rating, so until the term broad spectrum became popular, many sunscreens did not include UVA ingredients in their formula.)
- Apply enough sunscreen and re-apply it evenly. We have all had episodes when we "missed a spot" and paid the painful price of getting a sunburn. Enough sunscreen means approximately 1 tsp for the face and neck and should be reapplied every 2 hours.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before walking out the door and wear it everyday.
- Beware and watch for unexpected sun exposure like sitting next to a window while at work (be sure to click on this link ... you will be shocked!) or driving a car.
- Don't be fooled by cold or cloudy days. UV radiation can penetrate clouds and is not lessened by frigid weather.
For help on picking the best sun protection hats or finding an all natural, broad spectrum sunscreen.