Fend off fine lines and ward away wrinkles with prevention and a little attention with the right ingredients.
Step 1: Try AHAs Try creams and lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids, which remove dead skin cells, reduce lines and age spots, and exfoliate. Start with a low dose every other day and work up to daily use to avoid irritation.
TIP: Use a moisturizer with sunscreen when using products with AHAs.
Step 2: Use retinol Use topical retinol, a powerful antioxidant derived from vitamin A, proven to promote collagen production and plump skin while ironing out wrinkles.
TIP: Dermatologist-prescribed tretinoin, or Retin-A, is a stronger version of retinol used to slow aging skin and treat acne.
Step 3: Look for antioxidants Look for moisturizers and products with other important antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, alpha-lipoic acid, acai oil, and coenzyme Q10.
Step 4: Consider hyaluronic acid Consider products with hyaluronic acid, something your body produces naturally but slows with age. Hyaluronic-acid-based injectable fillers instantly plump skin and stimulate collagen production.
Step 5: Drink healthy Swap coffee for green tea and white wine for red wine. Both red wine and green tea contain anti-aging antioxidants and polyphenols.
TIP: Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke, which dehydrates skin and limits oxygen flow.
Step 6: Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen year-round on your face, neck, and chest. Sun is the number one cause of premature aging.
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