But because of this guardian role, our skin goes through quite a bit of wear and tear. And as we age, it starts to lose the moisture and elasticity it had when we were younger, making it dull and prone to fine lines and wrinkles
Wrinkles can also be caused by unhealthy diets, insufficient fluid intake, stress, sun exposure, tanning treatments, and cigarette smoking. And once they appear, it’s not always possible to get rid of them completely.
What are natural remedies for wrinkles?
Here are some of the best ways to combat wrinkles by boosting overall skin health and preventing further skin damage:
- Wear sunscreen: Most skin problems are caused by sun exposure. Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more even while indoors. You can also use hats, scarves, and long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Moisturize: Follow a good skincare routine using gentle products for cleaning and moisturizing your skin.
- Stay hydrated: Keeping your body hydrated helps your skin stay moist and elastic. Regularly drink water and other non-sugary and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day.
- Quit smoking: Smoking damages every organ in the body, and skin is no exception.
- Avoid repetitive facial expressions: Repetitive facial expressions make the muscles underneath contract often, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles. Putting sunglasses on when outdoors can help you prevent squinting your eyes and therefore help you avoid getting crow’s feet.
- Avoid alcohol: Alcohol damages and dehydrates your skin.
- Eat a healthy diet: Your skin needs nourishment through the foods you eat. Avoid junk food and include plenty of fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables in your diet.
- Exercise regularly: Get that natural glow through regular exercise, which helps boost immunity and improve blood circulation.
- Face serums: Consistently applying serums containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and lactic acid can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Make these a part of your nighttime skincare ritual.
Can you get rid of wrinkles with medical treatments?
If home remedies don’t work, you may seek the help of a dermatologist. Treatment options available for wrinkles include:
- Retinoids: Several topical retinoids are available for treating skin issues, such as uneven skin tone, acne, and wrinkles. Retinoids may cause some skin irritation. Use sunscreen while using retinoids and always use them as advised by your doctor. Do not use them while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Anti-aging creams: Ingredients such as antioxidants, AHAs, and retinol may help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Applying these to your face in concentrations above 7% requires special care and regular sunscreen use.
- Chemical peels: Your dermatologist may apply certain chemicals on your skin at higher concentrations (such as glycolic acid, phenol, or trichloroacetic acid) to peel the superficial skin layer. The skin then grows back with a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Such procedures may be uncomfortable and cause skin irritation or scarring. Ask your doctor what to expect and whether they recommend it for you.
- Laser resurfacing: Laser resurfacing procedures can help reduce wrinkles to a considerable extent.
- Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion sands down the outer skin layers to help correct wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
- Photodynamic rejuvenation: This helps correct wrinkles caused by sun exposure. The recovery time is faster than that of laser resurfacing.
- Ultrasound therapy: Ultrasound therapy is an FDA-approved noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to treat wrinkles.
- Injections and fillers: Botox injections and fillers that contain collagen, fat, and hyaluronic acid may reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Cosmetic surgery: Cosmetic surgery such as facelifts and brow lifts tighten the muscles under the skin and reduce skin sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
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