Fine lines and wrinkles are two common signs of skin aging that—in case you haven't realized—are likely bound to eventually appear on your face. Skin naturally loses moisture and elasticity as you age and as fat in the deeper layers of your skin breaks down, lines become more pronounced. While we’re all about embracing aging skin, if it’s something you choose to address, there are a few tips, tricks and skin care products that can help make these lines less noticeable. Keep reading to learn about our best anti-aging tips for fine lines and wrinkles, so you can add them to your skin care routine.
What Are Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
Chances are good you already know what wrinkles are and you might lump fine lines into the same category — but they actually have key differences. Think of fine lines as baby wrinkles; they’re not wrinkles yet, but they can be. Fine lines are created when you repeatedly contract the same muscles in your face day after day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). With continued use of those same muscles for years, those fine lines mature and turn into deep wrinkles that become permanent. Wrinkles are more prominent and harder to reduce the appearance of.
How to Manage Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As we said, it’s normal and natural for your skin to eventually lose fullness and become thinner and very dry over time. While you can’t control the natural aging process or your genetic predisposition to aging skin, you can manage other environmental factors that contribute to aging skin and make wrinkles worse. Things like sun exposure, smoking, and air pollution can all age your skin more quickly than it naturally would, according to the AAD.
Your skin care routine also plays a huge part in keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Consider adding the following anti-aging tips to your regimen to manage the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your face—and even help prevent them from forming altogether.
Anti-Aging Tip #1: Maximize Hydration
Skin naturally loses moisture as you get older, so the key to any good anti-aging routine is to put back what’s lost. To maximize your skin’s hydration levels, layer serum under moisturizer. As the AAD explains, moisturizer literally traps hydration on your skin, which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face over time.
Need a good product recommendation? Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. If hydration is what you’re after, this serum is for you. Formulated with hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water), this serum works to replenish skin and reduce wrinkles with continued use over time. We also love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum to hydrate and give your skin a boost in brilliance. Formulated with 10 percent pure vitamin C, this serum effortlessly glides onto skin to restore radiance in one week and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Anti-Aging Tip #2: Don’t Neglect the Under Eye Area
The skin around your eye area is very delicate — it’s the thinnest on your entire face — so it needs extra moisture. Whatever your age, skin type, or skin care concerns, consider investing in a quality eye cream that will keep the eye area hydrated. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream to moisturize the skin under the eyes, reduce puffiness, and firm skin in just four weeks.
Anti-Aging Tip #3: Or Your Neck
We often spend so much time and energy caring for our complexion that we forget about another area that’s quick to show signs of aging skin—the neck. If you don’t know why you should pay attention to your neck, having a perfectly hydrated and plump face is great, but you will regret not giving your neck its fair share of care. Follow a skin care routine for your neck that’s similar to what you have in place for your face. Apply a moisturizer and SPF onto your neck and chest daily, and double down on the moisturizer at night before hitting the hay.
Anti-Aging Tip #4: Wear SPF
Like it or not, every time you are outdoors without sun protection, the sun’s rays are damaging your skin, according to the AAD. Over time, this damage builds up and, per the AAD, it can increase the appearance of wrinkles. The solution? You guessed it: SPF! Sun protection can help slow down the signs of sun damage. If you’re the type to forget this last step in your skin care routine, consider using a face moisturizer that’s already formulated with SPF, such as the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion With SPF 30.
Anti-Aging Tip #5: Use an Overnight Mask or Moisturizer
Give your skin a moisture boost and address your aging skin concerns while you sleep with the help of an overnight mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask, or a night cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Cooling Night Moisturizer. When you’re resting, your skin is actively refreshing itself while you catch your z’s, making it the prime time to wear a super-hydrating mask or cream.
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