How to get rid of wrinkles

Updated July 20, 2017

As people get older, the middle section of the skin, known as the dermis, loses moisture. The drying effects are shown on the face as wrinkles. The rate at which people age has a lot to do with genes, but environmental factors such as smoking, drinking, an unhealthy diet and too much time in the sun can accelerate the rate at which wrinkles appear. Once they appear, it is impossible to eradicate wrinkles forever, but you can take steps to lessen their appearance.

Visit a cosmetic doctor for Botox injections or consider other cosmetic procedures. Botox works by blocking nerve transmission to temporarily reduce the contractions of the facial muscles that cause frown lines. It temporarily relaxes the muscles, inhibiting their ability to wrinkle the skin above it. You will notice an improvement within three to seven days, and it is safe to have Botox injections every four months, according to the CosMedocs website. Dermal fillers are often made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally present in living cells. Fillers are injected into the skin in tiny amounts and can last up to a year. Hyaluronic acid can be used as a wrinkle filler, fold filler and cheek filler or for lip augmentation. Facelifts tighten the skin and will reduce the appearance of many wrinkles, most notably around the eye area.

Do daily facial exercises. These increase circulation to the face, which help to iron out wrinkles and give a healthier skin tone, according to the Saga website. The exercises will also improve muscle tone and reduce sagginess and the appearance of fine lines. For example, to firm up your brow, put your index fingers on your forehead just above your eyelids and pull them down while trying to raise your eyebrows. Repeat 10 times.

Use anti-aging creams. There’s an array of anti-wrinkle creams on the market that are designed to prevent wrinkles or stop them from becoming any worse. Choose your cream wisely and look for products that contain vitamin A (retinoid). For best results, use the creams at night, as this is when your skin renews itself. Vitamin A helps promote collagen renewal and prevents skin cells from breaking down.

Drink water. The cheapest way to help prevent wrinkles is to drink plenty of water, according to Saga. This keeps the skin moisturised, and well-hydrated skin looks more youthful looking. Water also carries essential nutrients around the body, which also help to combat the signs of aging.

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Suzanne Elliott started writing professionally in 2000 for the woman's magazine "Shine." Since then, she has contributed to "Men's Fitness," Orange, Conde Nast Traveler,, "Men's Health" and "The National," among other publications and websites. Elliott holds a B.A. in English from Leicester University and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism from Cardiff University.