Most people hate wrinkles because they make them look and feel older. If you’re someone who hates the look of wrinkles on your face, there are things you can do to diminish their appearance. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging—a part that many people passionately dislike. The cause of wrinkles can range from repeated facial expressions (like squinting and smiling) and genetics to sun exposure and smoking. If you want to reduce wrinkles or reduce your chances of their appearance, here are five easy ways to help smooth and diminish them.
Moisturize to Diminish Wrinkles
The purpose of moisturizers is to hold water in the outer layer of skin and act as a temporary barrier to dryness. The best moisturizer for your skin type depends on whether you have dry, normal, or oily skin. Keep in mind that skin becomes drier as you age.
Choose from lotions, creams, oils, and ointments. Lotions generally contain the most water, which makes them easier to apply and best for oily skin types. The drier your skin, the more you’ll want to look for creamier moisturizers that include emollients, such as shea butter, and humectants, such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid dyes and fragrances. For exceptionally dry skin, look for an occlusive ingredient, like petrolatum (an emollient), to help prevent water loss.
Too Much Sun Can Increase Wrinkles
Exposure to the sun benefits your mental well-being and the creation of vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones. However, excess sunlight can contribute to skin cancer and the aging of your skin, including wrinkles.
To avoid sun damage, experts recommend you stay out of the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun is strongest. Additionally, protect your skin by using “broad spectrum” sunscreen with an SPV factor of 30 or higher and wear protective clothing.
Hot Water Can Cause Wrinkles
Although people with oily skin are more likely to develop acne, they’re less likely to show wrinkles due to the natural oils in their skin. Wrinkles show more on dehydrated skin. Therefore, it is important to retain the natural oils.
Moisturizers are beneficial for holding water in the outer layer of skin. However, bathing can pull out too much natural moisture. Loss of moisture often occurs when you use extremely hot water, rub your skin dry after washing or scrubbing vigorously. You might think exfoliating is a great way to get at the dirt. However, you could be doing more harm than good by rubbing away the natural oils.
To limit damage to your skin and reduce the possibility of wrinkles, use more cooling water when washing and use a cleanser suited to your skin type. Find one that is gentle and hydrating, without harsh ingredients. Remember not to scrub your skin too harshly. Finally, gently pat your skin dry after bathing and don’t forget to apply moisturizer.
Facial Expressions Can Cause Wrinkles
Do you have a hard time reading the small print on menus? Do you forget to wear sunglasses in the sun? Do you enjoy a good laugh? Anything that requires you to squint too much or smile a lot can cause wrinkles around your eyes (crow’s feet) and mouth. Many people think of them as expression lines and a sign of a life well-lived. However, if you would like to reduce the intensity of the wrinkles, there are steps you can take.
First, always wear glasses when appropriate. That includes UV-protecting sunglasses when you go outdoors. Next, if you wear glasses, get regular check-ups by your optometrist to ensure your prescription is up to date. Finally, when you moisturize, pay extra attention to your problem areas.
Reduce Stress to Reduce Wrinkles
Everyone experiences stress. How you deal with it makes the difference. If you feel overwhelmed and out of sorts, you are more likely to eat poorly, exercise less, and not get sufficient sleep. These actions, especially when combined with excessive smoking and drinking, can harm you internally and externally.
Although there is limited data, researchers suggest long-term stress damages cells and, therefore, may increase the signs of aging, like wrinkles and gray hair. Reduce stress, as much as you can, and you’ll likely reduce wrinkles.
Wrinkles are inevitable. However, they don’t need to be an issue. Take time to care for your skin, and it will take care of you.