Wrinkles can be caused or made worse by a number of things, including dry skin, repeated facial movements, smoking, dehydration and nutritional deficiencies. Regardless of the cause, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, without resorting to surgery or other invasive procedures.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Regular exfoliation softens, loosens and removes dead cells from the surface of your skin, helping to reveal healthier skin underneath. A soft-bristled brush or exfoliating sponge can be used to dislodge the skin cells, but avoid scrubbing or scouring the face, as this can damage the skin and leave it prone to infection.

Alternatively, you can use a store-bought exfoliating cleanser or make your own by mixing equal parts olive oil and fine sea salt. Use small, circular motions to gently cleanse your face, then rinse your skin thoroughly.

Use Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a natural astringent that brightens, cleanses, softens and tightens the skin. Witch hazel can also reduce the appearance of dark circles, bags and lines under the eyes. Witch hazel can be applied with cotton wool and used as a toner to freshen the whole face. Some witch hazel preparations contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin, so it’s important to check the label before buying.

Moisturise Regularly

Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised is essential for preventing wrinkles, but it also helps to plump up the skin, making it look younger and more supple. Moisturising before going to bed is particularly important, as the skin renews itself while you sleep. Experiment with different moisturisers to find the right one to suits your skin type.

Avoid Powdered Foundation

Face powder and powdered foundation are used to remove shine and set liquid foundation, but they can make wrinkles and fine lines more noticeable, particularly around the eyes. The powder often settles in the creases and fine lines around your eyes, mouth and forehead. If you want to use powdered foundation, you should first apply a good primer and filler product to smooth your skin and fill in the creases.

Massage Your Face Before Bed

A facial massage increases blood flow to the skin and gives your face a healthy glow. It can also help to relax the muscles in your face, reducing the appearance of some wrinkles, particularly those caused by frowning or squinting. Using a special facial oil or natural oil, such as coconut, avocado or sweet almond oil, will make it easier to massage your face and will also help to nourish your skin.

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the aging process, but there are ways to reduce their appearance and slow down their development. Exfoliating your skin, using witch hazel, moisturising regularly, avoiding powdered foundation and massaging your face before bed will all help to keep your skin looking young and supple.