Welcome to Anti Aging with Sasha!
This is a website with a scientific basis.
My name is Sasha and I'm an individual, not a corporation. I took the time to find research on every anti-aging cosmetic, cosmeceutical and technique on this site, because I was interested. Where useful products could be found, I linked to them. Where claims are pure hype - I say so. Where I just don't know - I say that too.
Why we need to know about wrinkle treatments
Average lifespans have increased enormously over the past century. In the days when people died at 40 they had better things to worry about than how they looked! Now people often live to be 90. It is entirely natural they do not wish to be past their best for two thirds of their lives.
Any dermatologist worth their pay should be able to remove a wrinkle - its how long it stays gone thats the issue, and how much it costs. Its for this reason I've always, on the site, given preference to permanent fixes for wrinkles and other beauty problems, due to the price when repeat treatments and the cost of taking time out of your busy day are considered.
What causes wrinkles and aging?
Aging can be defined as the eventual failure of maintenance. Our bodies are complex and there is much to maintain, therefore, broadly speaking, the culprits are:- sunlight (UV damage), sugar (and other causes of inflammation) and time (causing our body chemistry to not be what it once was).
Treatments include improving skin barrier function, skin regenerating by various means, soft tissue augmentation, skin tightening, pigment correction, changes in body chemistry and preventative measures.
How do I decide which is for me?
Thats where I come in! Everything on this site works. I've either seen it work or there is credible scientific evidence that I usually quote. I'll help you decide which technique you need for which problem. For instance Botox won't cure hollow cheeks and Aquamid won't cure crows feet (its the other way round).
I've seen perfectly intelligent people wonder if Botox will lift a sagging jaw! Arrgghh!!! So thats why I made this site - a pressing social need!
I'm exceptionally vain and a natural researcher - in fact this site grew out of my personal notes on the experiments I'd looked up. I was asked to put them online, so I made a site out of them and expanded in scope.
lf I recommend a wrinkle cream I'll only recommend the ones that remodel collagen or promote collagen and elastin synthesis or otherwise do proper anti-aging things - while having the ingredients in useful quantities. (Yet another wrinkle cream scam for the unwary - make a Retinol cream with about one molecule of Retinol actually in it even though you can use up to 5%).
Which reminds me. You can start with wrinkle cream hype
Next read psychology of anti-aging.Once you have the hang of those, its down to the practical stuff! You have to ask yourself, honestly..
Why am I looking old?
Everyone thinks 'wrinkles' but its not always the case. Not even mostly the case. You need to take an objective look at your face. So, start by taking a good look at this picture. You can even click on it to find out more about specific problems.
Are not the facial hollows and sagging skin doing more to age that face than a little light wrinkling?
If you think back to your schooldays, you might remember having one or two friends with exceptionally dry skin who had a few laughter lines or forehead lines? These children looked slightly older perhaps, but they didn't look 40 or so. Yet there are people with no wrinkles to speak of who do look forty and older. Whats going on?
The answer is mostly subcutaneous fat. The layer of fat under the skin that plumps it out. We lose this as we age. Unless you have some very deep wrinkles indeed, the reason you are looking older than 30 is most likely the loss of fat under the skin. It needs replacing with filler. Thats the single biggest secret to reversing the aging process.
Isn't anti-aging expensive?
Well, it can be. But a lot of the money the big hollywood stars spend isn't on the products and services themselves - its on someone expensive enough to tell them what or when something needs doing. But you don't need this. Its why I drew the picture, above. Just take a good long look at that picture and get a mirror or an honest friend to tell you which parts of that picture apply to you.
Some things you can do don't cost anything. Others, such as sunblock, cost very little. Sometimes the active ingredient in a drug or treatment is available in a natural form, unpatented, such as Retin A / Tretinoin / Retinol in Rose hip seed oil (Rosa Mosqueta, Canina or Rubignosa). This makes it cheaper to produce but means, (due to the lack of potential proft by big drug companies) the substance has not undergone the same clinical trials the brand name or generic substance has and large drug companies do not therefore control access to it. If you are serious about anti-aging and wrinkle removal - this is to your advantage.