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20 ways to reduce wrinkles

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

You can lie about your age as much as you like but it’s usually your skin that gives the game away!

Whether you’ve just started noticing a few fines lines or if you’ve been doing battle with wrinkles for years, there’s plenty you can do to reduce them.

Be it lifestyle changes, products or medical procedures, we’ve been asking the experts for their advice:

1. Keep out of the sun.

It’s the top cause of wrinkles. Plenty of studies have found the connection between wrinkles and too much sun.

"It’s important to avoid excessive exposure, which causes sun damage to the skin," says Matt Gass from the British Association of Dermatologists. "UV light, and especially UVA, causes ageing of the skin by breaking down the collagen and elastin which give it support."

Wrinkles tend to appear on the face, neck and backs of the hands first as they are generally the areas most exposed to the sun.

" Sun damage not only makes you look older, it is also the main cause of skin cancer, so there are plenty of good reasons for looking after your skin in the sun", says Matt.

2. Slap on sunscreen.

If you do go out in the sun always wear sunscreen even in the winter.

"It is never too late to start wearing sunscreen every day," says Hermione Lawson from the British Skin Foundation. "We know UV exposure is the main cause of skin ageing, and remember, even on cloudy days up to 80% of the sun's harmful UV rays can reach your skin."

3. Don’t smoke.

Research shows that the skin of smokers ages more quickly than that of non-smokers. The skin tends to be thinner and has more furrows and lines. Smokers often get deep grooves around their lips.

Smoking can break down the skin’s natural collagen which makes skin look less firm and more wrinkled.

" Cigarette smoke is one of the main environmental factors that causes changes in the skin often associated with looking old, such as coarse wrinkling and a sallow, leathery texture," says Matt.

4. Sleep on your back.

Don’t skimp on sleep and make sure you do it on your back.

If you sleep on your side or front every night you can get sleep lines etched into your face which don’t disappear when you get up. Over time these lines can become a permanent facial fixture. Some people like to sleep on silk sheets and pillowcases to lessen the effect.

5. Wear glasses or sunglasses.

In other words don’t screw up your eyes or squint. Any repetitive facial movement can overwork your facial muscles forming a groove which can turn into a wrinkle.

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