Wrinkles develop more and more as we age, but that doesn’t mean we can’t slow their progression, or make them less noticeable!
Below you find some great tips for a younger-looking, healthy skin, especially in the areas of the forehead, around the eyes and neck.
Additionally, you can learn more about specific supplements to reduce wrinkles here.
We also wrote this article on how to prevent wrinkles.
Learn more about why we get wrinkles here.
22 tips to reduce wrinkles
- Protect your skin against sun exposure. Always apply sunscreen, and wear caps and hats as much as possible.
- Take specific supplements that are healthy for the skin: copper, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids are all important ingredients the skin needs to thrive. Learn more about important supplements here and here.
- Take specific supplements that have scientifically proven to slow down aging and thus treat wrinkles at their root cause. These are supplements like alpha-ketoglutarate, glucosamine, glycine, and oral hyaluronic acid containing acetyl-glucosamine. NOVOS Core contains all these ingredients and more.
- Hydrate the skin: this means drinking a lot of water and using hydrating skin creams twice daily, such as skin cream with at least 1 to 1.5 percent hyaluronic acid. You can also drink green tea or white tea, 100% pomegranate juice and zero-sugar cacao drinks, which all have shown to improve skin health.
- Consume a healthy diet. This means a lot of vegetables, fruits, nuts, fatty fish, legumes, mushrooms. Avoid unhealthy fats and too much sugars and carbs. Click here to learn more about a healthy longevity diet.
- Do not smoke.
- Drink (very) little alcohol. Alcohol is converted into substances that damage DNA and stem cells, also in the skin. Drink maximum one glass of alcohol per day, and include alcohol-free days.
- Reduce stress. Stress causes accelerated aging of the skin and can even accelerate hair greying. Scientists found out why here.
- Get enough sleep. Find more than 50 tips to sleep better here.
- Take supplements and foods that reduce inflammation. When we get older, our body becomes more and more inflamed (this is called “inflammaging”). This inflammation also damages the skin. Herbs like ginger, turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, garlic, and thyme reduce inflammation. So take omega-3 fatty acids (whether from supplements or foods like fatty fish, walnuts, chia seeds or flaxseeds), pterostilbene, fisetin, olive oil and green tea and white tea.
- Avoid repetitive facial movements. If you always frown your forehead, or squint your eyes, or raise your eyebrows you will get more wrinkles in these areas. Become aware of these automatic muscle contractions and try not to do them. Try to relax your face more.
- Use science-based skin creams daily. Unfortunately, most skin creams only have a small effect on skin aging; they mainly hydrate the skin and give it a bit of radiance so the skin looks superficially somewhat better. But luckily, there are some science-based ingredients to reduce or even reverse wrinkles. We are a big fan of tretinoin cream (0.05% tretinoin). Tretinoin, also called retinoic acid, is a derivative of vitamin A and has lots of science behind it showing it can prevent and reduce wrinkles. Combine a tretinoin cream with hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin and plumps up the skin (always apply hyaluronic acid first and subsequently tretinoin). Vitamin C and vitamin B5 can also improve wrinkles. But they don’t tackle the real cause of wrinkles sufficiently: aging.
- Exercise more. Exercise improves blood circulation to your skin, and improves the immune system, and releases all kinds of substances that repair the body.
- Ever heard of sleep wrinkles? That is what you can get if you sleep too much on your belly or on your side, pushing parts of your face hard into your pillow for hours on end during the night. Try to sleep more on your back, or if you are a belly sleeper, try at least to sleep more on your side. Also use a pillow that is not too rough. Use finely woven pillow covers, or pillow covers made from silk.
- Prevent cleaning your skin too much and too harsh: soaps, specific oils, and other detergents can actually dry out or always remove the thin oily layer that is naturally present on your skin. However, always clean your skin before applying skin creams, serums or other products. Use a gentle cleaner for this.
- Micro needling: puncturing small holes in the skin, so that the skin repairs itself more which could also improve wrinkles. Micro needing can be done at home with micro needling devices, or can be done at a skin care center with more professional tools.
- Dermabrasion: scraping of the skin, so that the skin repairs itself more which could reduce wrinkles.
- Botox injections. Botox is a substance that prevents the nerves from activating the muscles in your face. You move less facial muscles, so you get fewer wrinkles. However, long-term botox use can make facial muscles become very thin (because they receive too little contractile stimulation) which actually can make you look older in the long-term.
- Laser therapy: laser light to stimulate skin cells and also kill them so the skin repairs itself more.
- Chemical peels: using chemicals to remove the upper layers of the skin, which then repair and regenerate the skin.
- Facelifts, including micro-face lifts.
- Injections with regenerating substances like platelet-rich plasma (PRP from “Vampire Facials”) or stem cells.
Learn more about the best anti-wrinkle supplements here.