The Real Truth about Wrinkles and How You can Slow Them Down

Disclaimer: Before trying any treatment, make sure to consult with your doctor in case you have any allergies or reactions.

The first signs of aging typically appear on the forehead, between the eyebrows.

Wrinkles form when skin loses elasticity and starts to sag. As more time passes, wrinkles will start forming in other areas as well, including around the eyes and mouth. The rate at which you get wrinkles is a function of genetics as well as your environment – for example, sun exposure can cause wrinkles to form more quickly.

Don’t Stress, there are a few things you can do to help slow down the formation of wrinkles.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating foods that are high in water content.

Use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Avoid smoking, as it can cause wrinkles to form more quickly.

Use sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy.

Get enough sleep – a lack of sleep can lead to wrinkles.

Sleep on your back – Sleeping in particular postures for extended periods of time may cause “sleep lines,” or wrinkles etched into the surface of the skin that don’t go away when you get up. Sleeping on your side creates creases around your cheeks and jaw, whilst sleeping face-down gives you a furrowed brow.

Eat healthy unprocessed foods which help build skin because they are a good source of protein. In fact, you should just eat healthier by adding more soy, fruits, and vegetables to your diet.

Get glasses if you squint when you read – Repetitive actions like squinting creates grooves which eventually turn into wrinkles.

Try topical treatments and basic moisturizers – Below is a list of topical treatments currently available that you can try out.

  • Idebenone
  • Pentapeptides
  • Vitamin C cream
  • Retin A
  •  Alpha-hydroxy acids
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermabrasion
  • Botox
  • Wrinkle fillers
  • Laser resurfacing

With wrinkles such a common problem, there are many options out there which will not yield you any results. Here are a few things that do not help with wrinkles and aging:

Using face creams with collagen, elastin, or other “anti-aging” properties. The molecules in these products are too large to penetrate the skin, so they can’t actually do anything.

Washing your face with soap and water. This will just strip away the natural oils that protect your skin.

Applying anti-aging creams before bed. If you apply them too close to bedtime, they will rub off onto your pillowcase and then you’ll end up rubbing them all over your face when you go to sleep. Plus, most of these creams need to be absorbed into the skin for several hours in order to be effective, so there’s no point in applying them before bed.

Taking collagen supplements. Collagen is a protein that is found in the skin, and supplements may help to increase the amount of collagen in your skin, but they won’t actually prevent wrinkles from forming.

Getting a facelift. A facelift can’t prevent wrinkles from forming, but it can help to improve the appearance of existing wrinkles.


While there is no one magic bullet that will prevent wrinkles from forming, following the tips provided can help slow down the aging process.

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