As you age, seeing fine lines in your reflection may have you wondering how to minimize facial wrinkles. Sure, they’re a natural part of the aging process, but there are remedies for wrinkles to help you see less of them. Instead of letting your wrinkles get the best of you, consult these eight home remedies as well as advanced support for wrinkles to regain confidence in your appearance.
1. Shun the Sun
Too much sun damages your skin and can contribute to early signs of aging, including pigmentation problems and, yes, even wrinkles. For that reason, you should make sure you’re wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when it’s at its strongest, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face and sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes. If possible, keep your arms and legs covered, too.
2. Don’t Smoke
If you do, quit. It’s not only bad for your health—it adds years to your looks. One reason is the chemicals in tobacco smoke interfere with the production of collagen and elastin, key ingredients for plump, firm, elastic, and youthful skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Another reason is the act of smoking causes you to repeatedly pucker your lips, which in turn, forms lines and wrinkles around your mouth area.
3. Sleep on Your Back
If you’re a side or stomach sleeper, consider flipping over. Sleeping on your side can give you wrinkles on your cheek or chin; lay facedown and you might end up with a furrowed brow. Sleeping faceup keeps your face from rubbing against your pillow, which can help keep facial wrinkles at bay.
4. Maximize Moisture
A well-hydrated face not only minimizes wrinkles and makes them appear less noticeable, but it also helps makeup to glide on much better, which makes for a smoother, more even appearance. Always apply moisturizer (choose one that is formulated for your skin type) after you wash your face and before you apply your makeup.
5. Smooth on Some Silicone
Facial wrinkles can be “filled” by using a silicone primer, which helps give your skin a smooth surface. Apply it after you moisturize, using clean fingers or a small brush; then give it a few seconds to set before applying your foundation.
6. Lighten Up
You might be tempted to pile on the foundation to hide your wrinkles, but putting too much on can have the opposite effect, causing it to sink into and accentuate the wrinkles you’re trying to hide. Choose a foundation with light or medium coverage, and apply with a damp sponge to help soften it even further. You could also switch out your foundation for a BB cream, a tinted moisturizer, or airbrush makeup, which provide smoothing coverage without calling attention to your wrinkles.
7. Nix the Powder
You may love the power of powder to set your makeup. Unfortunately, it’s not the greatest for wrinkles; that’s because it likes to find a home in those wrinkles and fine lines, settling in and calling attention to, rather than minimizing, them. Instead of finishing your look with powder, opt instead for a setting spray, which will hold your look in place without settling into any fine lines.
8. Try Antiaging Products
Antiaging products can provide a temporary improvement, but their effects will be modest, according to the AAD. Start with one product at a time so your skin doesn’t become irritated, which can exaggerate signs of aging. Test it out for three or four days on the skin of your inner forearm before applying it to your face.
For a higher-tech approach, try TempSure™ Envi. This FDA-cleared safe and reliable radio-frequency treatment can tighten your skin* while minimizing facial fine lines and wrinkles with no downtime. It can treat lines on your forehead, plus frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, and wrinkles on the top of your chin.
You’ve got some great tools in your arsenal now to go out and fight those facial lines and wrinkles. The next time you’re wondering how to minimize facial wrinkles, consult this list for a happier, more confident you!
*through soft-tissue coagulation