What experts wish you knew about preventing and treating wrinkles
  • 21 Nov - 27 Nov, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

Wrinkles can be frustrating, but they’re nothing to furrow your brow over. As annoying and stubborn as they may be, they are also very common. When it comes to getting rid of wrinkles, it all comes down to collagen; one way or another, your skin needs more of it to fill the lines.

Whether you’re looking to smooth your lines via skincare products, or you want to go straight to the hard stuff – i.e. Botox, fillers, and lasers – there’s a forehead wrinkle solution for you. Experts spill their most effective – and surprising – secrets. Get smoother, younger looking skin by preventing and treating wrinkles earlier and more effectively.

Turn off Netflix already

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. A good night’s sleep is essential for the skin to repair itself. Without proper rest, the skin can’t fully rejuvenate itself and will be more prone to wrinkling. A study from Case Western Reserve University found that those who were sleep deprived had skin with an impaired ability to repair itself from external stressors and were more likely to show signs of ageing. These daily habits can help you sleep better starting tonight.

Sleep like a baby – on your back

Yes, it’s important to get enough rest, but people who sleep on their side are at a greater risk of developing wrinkles from crunching their face against the pillow. Sleep on silk, literally. And if you can, try sleeping on your back.

There’s a way to mask wrinkles

Contrary to popular belief, dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles. But wrinkles appear more prominent if your skin is dry. Moisturised skin appears more plump and with less wrinkles. Be sure to slather on moisturiser daily, especially if your skin is dry, to help reduce the appearance of lines. There are some formulas specifically designed to visually fill in wrinkles and avoid the makeup mistakes that make your skin look dry.

You can amp up collagen production

If you began exfoliating in your teens to get rid of pesky acne, you’re in luck. Exfoliation isn’t just for treating blemishes – it also sends a message to the middle layer of skin to make new collagen. When you’re 17 and exfoliating, you’re priming your fibroblasts, the skin cells that make collagen, for production. So, when you really need collagen in your late 20s and 30s, your skin is already producing it. Experts recommend both physical exfoliation (using a buffer) plus chemical exfoliation (using glycolic peels and serums) to help prevent wrinkles.

Shun the sun, seriously

The sun damage that causes wrinkles is like calculus. It’s made up of an infinite number of tiny little things. Think of it like this: If you go to work five days a week, and you walk from your apartment to the bus stop for four minutes, and then the bus stop to your office for six minutes, that’s 10 minutes of sun exposure twice a day. By the end of the work week, it’s like you’ve laid on the beach for an hour and 40 minutes without sunscreen. You even need protection indoors. UV rays come through windows, so if you have a window in your office or like to sit by the window and read, you need sunscreen. Use SPF 30 or higher with broad spectrum protection.

Don’t fear the needle

There are plenty of steps you can take to prevent, treat, and reverse signs of ageing on your skin, but most dermatologists agree that neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin produce the best results. The two things that truly prevent wrinkles are sunscreen and Botox. While many people have mixed feelings about using Botox, dermatologists are in favour of getting Botox early and often.