There’s nothing wrong with having wrinkles. In fact, a few facial lines can add a lot of character to your face, but we don’t blame you if you prefer to keep them in check. Without surgery, it’s hard to reverse wrinkles once they appear, but you can reduce their appearance naturally.

How to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

While it’s inevitable that wrinkles will show up on your skin at some point, you still have control over how soon they appear and how deep they form around your eyes, mouth, and forehead. 

1. Use a Retinoid Skin Cream

Our skin starts to age due to a lack of collagen, which is produced by vitamin C. However, an anti-aging wrinkle cream filled with retinoids, a by-product of vitamin A, can soften wrinkles, fine lines, and complexion. It can also fade age spots and smooth rough patches on your face.

Although retinoids don’t increase your sun sensitivity significantly, they can make the possibility of sunburns more likely. For this reason, you may want to add retinoids to your nightly routine.

2. Apply Moisturizer to Your Face

Consider your moisturizer like a tall glass of water for your face because it adds needed moisture to your skin. Moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are effective at preventing wrinkles from forming or getting deeper, so go out and purchase a night cream!

At the same time, don’t forget about your day cream. Your face needs more hydration after an 8-hour sleep. Always wash your face before applying moisturizer, so you start with clean skin.

3. Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Speaking of water, do you know how important H20 is for your skin? Higher water input correlates with better-looking skin, so you need just as much hydration on your face as you do in your body to look young. Water is also essential for flushing out toxins in your body.

We recommend keeping a tall water bottle by your bed, so you can instantly feel energized upon waking. Your body needs an adequate amount of water in the morning to reduce appetite.

4. Avoid the Sun or Use Sunscreen

Intrinsic signs of aging, like thinner or droopy skin, aren’t avoidable, but wrinkles and liver spots can be avoided for years by staying in the shade. The number of wrinkles that develop are dependent on the time you spend in the sun, so wear sunscreen and stop sunbathing. 

If you still want all the benefits of a tan without the detriments, invest in a quality toner or self-tanner. Although these can be expensive, they’ll keep your skin looking younger for longer.

5. Don’t Over-Wash Your Face

While a consistent skincare routine can help you look younger, washing your face too much can strip your skin of its natural barrier oils. You only need to wash your face three times a day: when you wake up, before going to bed, and when necessary (for example, after a workout).

If you’re washing your face frequently because you have oily skin, reducing the number of times you scrub your skin will reduce oil production. Unfortunately, this won’t happen overnight. 

6. Stop Smoking and Drinking

Contrary to popular belief, drinking isn’t good for you, even in small amounts. A drink a day deprives your skin of nutrients that prevent aging, and so does smoking. Long-time tobacco users are more likely to have crow’s feet, dry patches, drooping skin, and wrinkled lips.

If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure you drink plenty of water to counteract its aging effects. On the other hand, it’s better to quit smoking entirely by reducing tobacco usage slowly.

7. Get your Beauty Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces excess cortisol, the stress hormone. This hormone breaks down skin cells and leads to premature aging. When you get an average of 8 hours of sleep a night, your body produces more HGH, which helps skin remain elastic.

Although you can catch up on your sleep on the weekend, doing so is risky. You could rack up a significant amount of sleep debt, which will make it harder for you to get enough adequate rest.

8. Sleep on Your Back

Your sleeping position may affect the formation of wrinkles. People who sleep on their stomach or side compress their face more, which distorts facial muscles. Side or stomach sleepers can reduce the friction on their face by using a silk pillowcase or by sleeping on their back.

You can train yourself to sleep on your back by getting a supportive mattress, pillow, and being persistent. Stretching before bed can help you feel relaxed, which helps you fall asleep faster.

9. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it can also make you look younger for longer. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which fight damage caused by free radicals. These unstable molecules can age your complexion, but antioxidants will keep you looking radiant.

It’s also a good idea to avoid inflammatory foods, like dairy, red meats, sugary beverages, fried food, or refined carbs (pastries), especially if you have rosacea or a sensitive stomach.

10. Relax Your Face and Don’t Squint

We’re not saying you shouldn’t smile, but we are saying that repetitive facial movements will form grooves beneath the skin’s surface. If you squint a lot, consider getting ready glasses or sunglasses when you’re outside. Keep your face relaxed for the majority of the day.

If you had a day full of laughter (and we hope you did!), massage your face before bed. A face massage can help stimulate collagen and loosen your muscles, which helps reduce wrinkles.

Conclusion

Our lifestyle directly affects the health of our skin, so there’s a high possibility that you can prevent or reduce the visual signs of aging by changing your diet or sleep schedule. Coupled with a great skincare routine, just about anyone, young or old, will see a difference in their skin.

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