When it comes to reducing wrinkles, it all comes down to collagen. One way or another, we need more of it to plump out the lines. Our body's natural collagen production is meant to help maintain healthy skin and keep the appearance of wrinkles to a minimum, but sometimes it needs a little help to keep our skin smooth and wrinkle free.
Why do wrinkles form?
Healthy, wrinkle free skin needs collagen, and as we age collagen production slows down, making it harder to prevent wrinkles. The breakdown of collagen in your skin can also be exacerbated by external factors such as stress, exposure to the sun, smoking, and poor diet.
Your skin can also become thinner and lose its moisture over time which, combined with the reduction in collagen, means skin wrinkles are more likely as you get older.
Is it possible to reduce wrinkles?
It may not be possible to completely prevent wrinkles and the signs of premature aging, and some people are always likely to develop wrinkles due to their genetics. However, adopting a skincare routine that promotes healthier skin and improves the skin's collagen levels is one of the best anti wrinkle treatments.
How to treat wrinkles naturally?
Lines can be smoothed out using many different solutions from skincare and facial massage, to the hard stuff like botox, fillers, and lasers. Whatever your preference, there’s lots of options out there. Here are a few ways to get rid of wrinkles naturally.
‘You are what you eat’. We’ve probably all heard those words at some point in our life, because they are unequivocally true. Your skin needs a mega cocktail of vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to withstand daily stressors such as the weather, UV and pollution - which makes a healthy diet and good nutrition essential for better skin health and fewer wrinkles.
Vitamin powerhouses such as vitamin E found in hazelnuts, mangos, and kiwis, and vitamin C, found in most of your favourite fruits and veggies, are crucial in slowing down the natural aging process. By boosting your skin’s natural defences from the inside out, you can help prevent premature skin aging by slowing down the breakdown of collagen and keep your skin’s structure bouncier for longer.
Limit Sun Exposure
Sun protection is the #1 product you can use - and you should be using daily - to fight against wrinkles, dark spots and premature skin ageing, even when the sun’s not shining.
UVA rays penetrate the skin all day long, year-round, and, unlike UVB rays that cause sunburn, you don’t feel UVA damaging skin. It’s important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to have broad coverage against UVB, UVA, IR-A and visible rays.
For maximum effectiveness, apply sunscreen last in your routine.
We'd recommend a Collagen boosted moisturiser, such as our Supreme Restructure Firming Moisturizer. This potent cream contains vegan growth factors that help support cellular renewal to dramatically improve skin appearance. Did you know it's clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in 14 days?
If you’re looking to add topical support, try moisturisers, serums, and anti ageing creams containing active ingredients retinol (vitamin A), vitamin C and niacinamide (vitamin B3).
Retinol is probably the most recommended ingredient in the war on face wrinkles and helps your skin resist wrinkling. It’s a potent active that regulates oily skin by preventing sebum production and also exfoliates dirt and dead skin cells but can sometimes sensitise the skin, so it’s recommended to combine this with mega skincare multi-tasker, niacinamide, to help prepare your skin.
Vitamin C creams and serums are one of the most powerful antioxidants in skincare today. Antioxidants reign supreme because they protect the skin against external aggressors that damage the cells of our skin and break down collagen such as UV and air pollution. We need our skin cells to be as healthy as possible, because healthy cells mean brighter, dewier, more youthful-looking skin.
Aside from its supreme antioxidant benefits, vitamin C triggers your body’s natural regeneration process, which in turn stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These help to combat premature skin ageing. It’s also a great inhibitor of melanin production (the transfer of melanin cells to skin cells) that causes dark spots, sun spots and hyperpigmentation that age the appearance of skin. Over time, vitamin C helps these to fade, and with regular use can even help prevent them from forming in the first place.
When it comes to skin ageing, we can’t forget Niacinamide (Vitamin B3). It tackles fine lines, fades hyperpigmentation, regulates oil production, and it’s a wizard at strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier. A strong skin barrier locks in vital water skin needs to stay hydrated and plumped, while defending against aggressors such as UV and pollution that break down collagen and steal our firmness and glow.
How can I reduce the appearance of wrinkles on my face?
Improving your overall skin health is a great way to get rid of wrinkles, but here are a few tips for wrinkle free skin on your face to take your skincare routine to the next level.
Knuckle and whip your skin into shape with FaceGym's Radio Frequency Workout. In just 6 sessions, it will help restructure and regenerate your collagen and elastin fibres to give you a firmer, more youthful appearance. It’s combined with deep tissue massage to increase circulation and oxygenation which leaves your skin glowing and fine lines plumped out.
Shut eye and reducing wrinkles go hand-in-hand. When we’re running on empty, our bodies produce an excess of stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol breaks down collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles to form. Busy lives make the ideal 7-9 hours of sleep challenging, however giving yourself that precious recovery time reduces cortisol levels and helps keep those wrinkles at bay.
Face exercises to get rid of wrinkles
You may spend time hitting the gym to improve the tone and strength of your body, so why not apply the same dedication to the 40 unforgotten muscles in your face? FaceGym’s Radio Frequency workout is a high-impact anti-ageing facial workout that combines FaceGym's Signature Sculpt Workout with full-face radio frequency. This is the ultimate session for skin tightening and facial rejuvenation. Radio frequency (heat energy) stimulates collagen and elastin production to immediately plump, tighten and lift. The results are visible - reduced puffiness, defined contours and restored skin firmness.
Up your wrinkle-resistance with natural ways to boost collagen and protect your skin.