The search for the fountain of youth has been humanity’s quest for a very long time. People, throughout our many, many generations have always wanted to preserve that youthful glow. Companies of beauty products and cosmetic clinics know this, which is why, with the myriad of beauty products and anti-aging treatments available today, it could be difficult to determine which ones work and which ones are bogus.

In deciding which treatment to go for, it is often important to understand the procedures that will be done and their effect on your skin. Here, 4 popular – and proven – anti-aging skin treatments are discussed (chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and new wrinkle injections): the science behind them, how they are done, and how you benefit from them.

Chemical Peels

From its name, this procedure uses chemicals to peel the old skin and reveal the younger skin underneath. Skin naturally replaces itself in due time, and chemical peels simply help hasten this process. The new skin is generally lighter, smoother than the skin above it, significantly reducing the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines.

This procedure works best for people with fair skin. Patients with dark skin can also get good results, but it would depend on the problem that is being treated. In some cases, dark-skinned patients may end up with uneven skin color after the procedure.

Aside from the face, chemical peels can also be done to the neck and hands. In the neck, it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, while in the hands, it can solve not only wrinkle problems but also age spots, sun damage, and make the skin softer.

After a chemical peel, the skin would feel lighter and would look clearer. For most patients, applying moisturizer and sunscreen is strongly recommended since the new skin is sensitive to the sun.

Laser Resurfacing

Also known as the CO2 Fractional Laser Therapy, this procedure is one of the most popular and most effective treatments for aging skin.

Wrinkles are mainly caused by the destruction of collagen underneath the skin. The collagen is the protein of the connective tissue that holds the skin together. Through aging, sun damage, and pollution, the collagen is destroyed, and wrinkles become visible.

And this is exactly what Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing solves. This procedure uses laser or beams of energy to speed up the body’s production of collagen. With the advent of modern and safer technology, this is done without any damage to the outer layer of skin, which means that you can get very noticeable results with very little recovery time.

New Wrinkle Injections

Wrinkle injections, also popularly known as fillers or volumizers, ‘fill up’ the spaces underneath the skin due to the destruction of collagen. Unlike other more invasive treatments such as face lift, wrinkle injections do not pull the skin up, but simply add volume under the skin. This makes it far safer and gives a more natural youthful look. Some wrinkle injections also contain hyaluronic acid which functions for two things: speeding up the collagen production under the skin, as well as preventing or greatly reducing the breakdown of collagen.

Most wrinkle injections last for up to a year, and some last even longer. They also have a good track record in safety and are being used in Europe for several years now.

There are a lot more other treatments and products you can try, all of them promising fast and safe results. Among the products that you can use to help slow down the wrinkling of skin are antioxidants, peptides, and anti-aging sunscreens. Most of these are topically applied, and, much like the treatments described above, also act on the collagen underneath the skin.

Whichever anti-aging treatment or product you choose, remember that it is important to read as much information about them as possible. Before undergoing any procedure, its effects on your skin and the possible risks should be clear to you. If not, then don’t hesitate to consult a skin-care expert to help you make your choice.