Fine lines and wrinkles commonly happen as you age, though they can start to make an appearance at a relatively young age. Attributed partly to genetics, wrinkles also often reflect your lifestyle, especially when you spend a lot of time in the sun. Topical skincare treatments can smooth and firm your skin for a more rejuvenated, youthful complexion. But the most effective wrinkle reduction plan limits sun exposure, prohibits smoking, and includes a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Avoid the sun. Though the rays may feel nice and warm, they damage your skin and can quickly create wrinkles. The American Academy of Dermatology advises daily use of a UVA- and UVB-blocking sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or greater, noting that sunscreen is the "most beneficial" anti-wrinkle product available.
Exfoliate your skin's surface with a skincare product formulated with alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, recommends anti-aging skincare expert Paula Begoun. She says such acid-containing skincare products help get rid of the damaged cells that become wrinkles. The University of Maryland Medical Center also notes that the acids can help improve skin-firming collagen levels.
Apply an anti-wrinkle topical treatment made with retinol or other forms of vitamin A. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that such ingredients are some of the best active ingredients for fighting wrinkles, as they help to rejuvenate the skin cells and enhance elastin and collagen levels.
Smooth on a general moisturizer after all of your other skincare treatments, unless your anti-wrinkle topical treatment from Step 3 came in a moisturizing base like a cream or hydrating serum. Begoun says that a moisturizer, especially one made with antioxidants, can help improve the general appearance of wrinkled skin. As the moisturizer infuses your skin with water, it plumps and firms the skin's surface for diminished wrinkle appearance.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
- American Academy of Dermatology: Age-Fighting Topicals