Your Guide to Combating Wrinkles


Whether you’re 30 and just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or 50 with skin that isn’t exactly keeping your age a secret, seeking ways to reduce wrinkles is probably on your agenda.

Wrinkles, also known as rhytides, are folds in your skin. As people get older, their skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic, and less able to protect itself from damage. Environmental exposure, dehydration, and toxins can all make your face more likely to develop pronounced wrinkles. Wrinkles are a natural part of getting older, and there’s no reason to dread getting them. But if you would like to slow the signs of aging on your face, there are natural ways to do so.

Stop smoking. Smoking is bad for your health for lots of reasons, but many people don’t know that it can age your face prematurely. More and more studies are confirming that cigarette smoke ages skin – mostly by releasing an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, important components of the skin.

Avoid the sun. Sun damage is the #1 cause of wrinkles. And while ultraviolet light can’t be completely avoided, there are steps that you can take to lessen the degree of exposure that you receive. If you must go out in the sun, the American Academy of Dermatology says, wear sunscreen. Opt for a sunless tanning lotion over long sunbathing sessions, and wear a hat that shields your face from the sun when outdoors. You’ll still absorb some sunshine, but you won’t be contributing to the wrinkles on your skin.

Restylane. Are you noticing more wrinkles, volume loss in your cheeks or hands, or lips so thin you can’t show off your favorite lipstick like you used to? Restylane can fix that. Restylane is actually not just one product, but a line of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that can be used to smooth facial wrinkles and plump lips and cheeks.

Sleep. Get adequate sleep, and sleep on your back. Dermatologists report when you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Get enough rest, so the body produces more HGH (human growth hormone), which helps skin remain thick, more “elastic,” and less likely to wrinkle. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face-down gives you a furrowed brow. To reduce wrinkle formation, the American Academy of Dermatology says, sleep on your back.

Retinoids (including Retin A). The only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles is Retin A. This prescription cream reduces fine lines and large wrinkles, and repairs sun damage. Although the medication was originally designed to treat acne, dermatologists found that Retin-A creams are also extremely effective in combating signs of aging – including wrinkles, dark spots and sagging.

Stay hydrated. Good skin starts from within. Not only is moisturizing from within important, but water rids your body of toxins. Try to drink two litres of water per day – especially after exercising. If you don’t enjoy drinking water, spruce it up with fresh lemon or boost your skin’s hydration levels by drinking natural coconut water.