Young rich girls don’t need to worry about the things mentioned in this guest article, written for Rich Girl’s Club by Sarah Danielson, only girls who are older than 30 should start trying these treatments. If you ever tried these methods, you are welcome to share your experience with us and tell us what worked the best for you. I would love to hear :)
There’s no denying that we live in a culture that prizes youth. Magazines and billboards are plastered with dewy, fresh-faced models (some of them barely into their teens) and despite the fact that women are urged to “age gracefully”, celebrities and other public figures rarely look anywhere close to their actual age. Demi Moore, Iman, Elle Macpherson, Nicole Kidman, and many more look 10 to 20 years younger than they are. Whoever said 50 is the new 30 wasn’t kidding! Unfortunately, not all of us rich girls have a team of beauty experts on call to keep us looking like we’re still in our teens. But there are a lot of treatments that will help you stave off the ravaging effects of time (spotting, sagging, wrinkles, and so on). Here are just a few of the hottest treatments to try.
1. Facials. An oldie but a goodie; everyone can utilize this non-invasive procedure to perk up dull skin. If you can afford a facial every few weeks, you should definitely make it part of your regular routine. If you just don’t have the dough, you can do your own at home. Heat water in a pan, then hold your face close to capture the steam, with a towel over your head (take the pan off the stove first!). Once your pores are open, do extractions with Q-tips (not your fingers or a tool, which can lead to infections and scarring). Then do a scrub, a mud mask, and finally, finish off with a cooling gel and a light moisturizer. Voila! Perfect skin for less!
2. Peels. Chemical peels can be scary (yes, they burn off the top layer of skin – all the dead stuff), but they’re a great way to combat acne, decrease spotting and scarring, minimize fine lines, and leave your skin looking as soft as a baby’s butt. There are several types of chemicals that can be used (alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, retinoic, trichloroacetic, phenol, etc.) with varying degrees of strength, so you’ll need to talk to your dermatologist to choose the one that’s right for you. You’ll receive anesthesia and pain killers, but plan for some pain and potential complications (mainly from possible infection). You’ll need 1-2 weeks to recover, and some people get treatments 1-2 times a year. But the results could potentially last up to twenty years.
3. Lasers. This treatment is generally used to combat wrinkles and scarring (from acne) and it involves the use of pulsating laser light to systematically remove the upper layers of skin. After-care is similar to a chemical peel, as are results, but these treatments tend to penetrate deeper for better results. Puffiness and peeling can last for a couple of weeks, but afterwards your skin should have a younger, firmer appearance.
4. Botox. There is really no better way to get rid of severe wrinkles caused by strong facial muscles (frown lines, for example) than to opt for botox. Botulinum toxin (Botox) is actually the most powerful neurotoxin known to man, which means large doses can cause serious side effects. But in small, targeted applications (such as to your face), it is relatively safe and it has the ability to reduce lines, smooth facial muscles (by temporarily and/or partially paralyzing them), and it lasts up to 8 months. The best part is, you can enjoy surgical results without going under the knife.
5. Fillers. Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive way to plump skin (in particular, deep lines around the mouth, recessed scars, or sunken cheeks). Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular, but there are many options on the market that you can discuss with your dermatologist. Effects can last up to several months.
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