Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 6/24/2021
Aging gracefully is a concept we can all get behind. Salt and pepper hair; developing a wise, cautious gait; even fine lines and wrinkles can sometimes add to the appeal of growing older.
While these lines and wrinkles often come with the territory of aging, in cases where they show up earlier than expected — or you’re just trying to keep the dream alive as long as possible — it may be time to get your skin under control.
Thankfully, there's no shortage of anti-aging products to help manage these changes.
In this guide, we'll be sharing the ingredients to look out for when selecting creams, lotions, serums, and other cosmetics to help with managing wrinkles around your skin.
But first, a quick look into why wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process.
While it can sometimes feel like it, crow's feet, frown lines and parentheses around the mouth don't magically appear on your skin.
These wrinkles are usually the result of a number of lifestyle choices or environmental and genetic changes that occur over time.
Some of the causes of wrinkles include:
No surprise here. Growing older is a primary cause of wrinkles and fine lines.
As your vision begins to get a little less clear, and movement requiring your back becomes more delicate, other related changes occur like your body, reducing its production of natural oils.
This causes the skin to appear dry and encourages the development of wrinkles.
This is also coupled with the fact that your body slows down collagen production as you age.
This is important, because collagen is a protein your body needs to maintain skin structure. It helps to keep the skin smooth, strong and firm, while also helping to retain water in the skin.
Without enough of this protein, you may be able to draw a fine line to the growing appearance of wrinkles on your skin.
Taking advantage of perfect weather to soak up the sun may sound like a great idea in your youth.
However, this may end up being an expensive cheque your skin will be stuck clearing much later in life.
Without the right protection, ultraviolet rays from the sun may break down important tissues like collagen and elastin fibers, which promote skin elasticity.
Because it's so hard to escape, the sun can get away with doing considerable damage to the skin — around 80 percent of the visible signs of aging in the skin, according to some sources.
It's hardly news that smoking could pose several health concerns when made a habit, but did you know this practice could also be the reason behind the growing lines across your mouth and face?
Smoking speeds up the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your face in a few different ways.
And if all that isn't bad enough, all the toxic smoke you exhale could also damage the skin surface, leaving fertile ground for signs of aging to appear.
Other causes of wrinkles include repeated facial movements like frowning, laughing or squinting repeatedly.
So, you know what’s causing your wrinkles or skin aging, but what can you use to stop, repair or prevent it?
To help with managing wrinkles, there are a few key ingredients you should look out for when selecting your anti-aging products. These include:
One of the most effective ways to get your wrinkles under control is to introduce them to some tretinoin action.
This retinoid is perhaps one of the most potent tools for managing the appearance of age on the skin.
It gets the job done by helping produce new cells in the skin, and can help with the deposit of collagen — a protein which you'll remember is important for helping to keep the skin looking youthful.
To learn more about this retinoid, our Tretinoin 101 guide explains how it works, how to use it, its side effects and more.
Dehydration is a major reason you may be sporting a criss-cross of wrinkles across your skin.
To help with managing this and improving the appearance of your skin, hyaluronic acid can help reduce the depth of wrinkles, while also helping to hydrate the skin. Using hyaluronic acid with your retinol or wrinkle treatment may also help lessen side effects of your retinol such as dry skin.
The combination of these effects can leave the skin with improved firmness and elasticity.
Remember how the sun can be the biggest villain when it comes to wrinkles on your skin? Caffeine may be able to help with that.
The same ingredient that makes your Monday morning Zoom meetings easier could also help improve your skin, thanks to its antioxidant features, which may help to remedy the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
For a powerful tag team against wrinkles, hims night wrinkle cream has the combined abilities of caffeine and hyaluronic acid to help with managing the appearance of wrinkles.
As we've mentioned, skin hydration is one of the most important areas you can improve on if you'd like to manage the wrinkle meet-up taking place on your skin.
Ceramides are chock-full of moisture. These lipids (fats) are naturally produced by the skin, but are also available in different topical products like lotions and creams.
Not only are ceramides able to lock moisture in the skin, this ingredient also helps improve the barrier function of your skin. These features help with managing age and reducing dullness across your skin.
As we mentioned above, ultraviolet rays from the sun, toxins from smoking and other pollutants can affect the health of your skin.
These extrinsic forces tend to speed up the appearance of age on the skin, meaning wrinkles, fine lines or sagging may be the result of their effects.
Like caffeine, CoQ10 is able to fight off the damage brought on by these elements through its antioxidant properties.
Taking the war against wrinkles a step further, this antioxidant is also able to encourage energy production in skin cells. This can help to fight off aging on a cellular level.
Crow’s feet and marionette lines are a natural part of the aging process. But just because they’re expected, doesn’t always mean they’re a welcome development.
To slow down the clock a little on your skin, ingredients like hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and tretinoin are always welcome additions to your skincare routine.
To learn more about changes in your skin as you age, check out our guide on forehead wrinkles.
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