How To Prevent Wrinkles

How To Prevent Wrinkles

Aging is inevitable so here's information on what causes wrinkles and some top tips for keeping your skin looking as young as you feel.

But first, what causes wrinkles?

In order to learn how to prevent wrinkles, you must first understand why they appear to begin with.


Wrinkles are creases and fine lines that appear on your skin as you age. They appear because as you age the skin loses it's natural skin elasticity and also begins to produce less collagen which is responsible for keeping your face firm. This means areas of the face that are repeatedly stretched by your facial expressions stop recovering and begin to show lines.

Alongside this, external factors such as sun exposure and environmental damage also play a role in the formation of wrinkles so this is why it's important to know how to prevent wrinkles to minimise the appearance of them as they begin to appear.



8 tops tips on how to prevent wrinkles

Before you can start preventing wrinkles you need to know what skin type you are so that you can adjust your skincare routine to benefit your skin type as best as possible. The products you should be using on your skin to be most effective vary as skincare for dry skin is very different to skincare for oily skin, for example.


Once you've done this you can begin using our 8 top tips on how to prevent wrinkles:

1.  Maintain a good skincare routine

It's important that you are moisturising your skin every day to keep it hydrated but you should also look for moisturisers containing ingredients found to help prevent the signs of aging such as the NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 15. Other ingredients to look out for in face care to prevent wrinkles and retain skin elasticity include:

  • Antioxidants -  to help your skin fight against the effects of the environment. 
  • Hyaluronic acid - hyaluronic acid has a large capacity to hold huge amounts of water to give skin a moisture boost, and also healing properties which help prevent damage to the skin like tears in the skin's surface.
  • Coenzyme Q10 which is found naturally in body cells but depletes as you age. Q10 is released as a powerful antioxidant and increases energy production of the skin to aid regeneration, repair and skin elasticity.
  • Vitamin C - this also contains antioxidants, aid regeneration of skin, and repairs damaged skin cells to help prevent wrinkles.

3. Drink water!

Without water your skin becomes dry and flaky causing it to have less resilience making it more prone to wrinkling so make sure you drink 2 litres of water per day to keep your body and skin feeling healthy. It's important to remember in the summer or when exercising when you may be losing water through sweating that you drink more than this to maintain hydration.

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6. Sleep

Getting 6-8 hours of sleep each night allows your body to rest and recuperate overnight, which means it has time to build up it's defences and protect against the environment more effectively. It'll also reduce the signs of bags under the eyes as you're more rested. Forehead wrinkles specifically are a problem for both men and women and are often causes by lack of sleep as you end up furrowing your brow more and your face is generally less relaxed, so to prevent lines on forehead you should aim to get plenty of sleep.

7. Don't smoke!

Nicotine found in cigarettes causes your skin's blood vessels to narrow which impairs the blood flow to the skin and therefore limits the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can be delivered to it. Not only this but it speeds up the reduction of skin elasticity causing wrinkles and form more quickly.

2. Sun protection

Apply sunscreen every day to prevent signs of wrinkles - wrinkles occur from sun exposure as the suns UVA & UVB rays penetrate the skin causing damage to the skin's DNA which results in lines and wrinkles. By applying sunscreen every day this damage is reduced and therefore the effect this has on wrinkles is reduced. So not only should you were sunscreen every day to protect against some skin cancers, it's also the perfect antidote to premature aging!

4. Your diet

  • Fatty fish - these help to protect against inflammation and damage caused by sun exposure and helps to boost skin elasticity and hydration of the skin
  • Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins - these promote skin firmness such as dark chocolate, blueberries, goji berries, and kale
  • Vegetables rich in vitamin C for collagen production such as leafy greens, bell peppers, and broccoli
  • Avocados - these contain fatty alcohols which help fight inflammation, and also protect and repair the skins damaged DNA

5. Avoid harsh soap

Harsh soaps can irritate and dry out your skin making it less resilient and leading to dehydration. Try to use moisturising shower gels such as the NIVEA Rich Moisture Soft Caring Shower Cream to lock in moisture as well as pamper your skin.

8. Facial exercises

Facial exercises increase blood flow to the face which means more oxygen and nutrients are sent to the skin on your face which helps with skin cell regeneration and skin elasticity while helping the skin stay resilient from environmental factors.