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How to Prevent Wrinkles, Naturally

Easy habits that will keep you looking younger, longer.

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My best friend is only 29 and she’s already stressing about wrinkles. Although she’s one of the lucky ones who was spared from teenage acne and has itty-bitty pores, she complains a lot about the visible horizontal lines on her forehead. So, whenever we hang out, our wide range of topics often includes skin care and wrinkles. And she almost always wraps up that subject with the big “WHY?”

How to Prevent Wrinkles, Naturally
It’s obvious that, as a person ages, the skin undergoes some, ahem, unfavorable changes. That’s not news. Being mere mortals, we unfortunately don’t have the power to stop the passage of time. However, we can still reduce the signs of aging – and wrinkles, for that matter.

So I’ll start with this: don’t stress too much about wrinkles. It won’t do you any good since stress is a major cause of aging. Take good care of your skin in order to minimize the damage, but stop obsessing about youth. After all, wrinkles also indicate the sincerity of a smile and can even signify wisdom.

Anyone who matters doesn’t care about your wrinkles.

Don’t do Botox. It looks unnatural, and besides the horrors of a procedure going wrong, we don’t know the side effects of injecting a toxin into our faces yet. There are many effective alternatives to injecting poison into your face.

Throw out your skin care products if they have chemicals in them. Lots of anti-aging products cause inflammation to trick you into thinking they’re working. What they really do is temporarily puff up your skin to smooth lines, but cause cellular damage and more wrinkles in the process. Sneaky! Make your own using certified organic essential oils instead.

Wait, as you’re reading this, are you squinting? I bet you are! Stop that! Don’t squint your eyes! If you can’t clearly read the fine print, go get your vision checked. Then, wear your new reading glasses (blue light filtering ones) and that will help you relax your facial lines.

How to Prevent Wrinkles, Naturally

And speaking of blue light filtering, one of the simplest ways to reduce skin aging is to get enough Zs. We have been reminded over and over again about the importance of adequate sleep and how it spurs healing and regenerative hormones to create thicker and healthier skin. Here are 10 hacks to help you get better sleep.

What you may not realize, however, is that even sleeping can cause wrinkles. When you constantly press your face into the pillow, it pulls and folds your face and etches sleep lines that slowly become permanent. So, what now? The technique is to sleep on your back. Also tuck an extra pillow under your head. As your head is elevated, the fluid is prevented from settling under the skin around your eyes.

An inflammatory diet also plays a big role in wrinkle formation. Sugar, animal products, and gluten all cause inflammation, which not only ruins your organs and is pretty much the root of most diseases, but it damages your skin in a big way. The less of these you consume, the younger you’ll look. A plant-based, low-sugar diet can rewind the clock. Just ask Michelle Pfeiffer. 

By eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, you’re also giving your body the antioxidants and nutrients it needs to repair your cells. Amplify that by eating raw veggies and fruits as often as possible. There are loads of great raw cookbooks out there. Try one!How to Prevent Wrinkles, Naturally

Skip your daily dose of inflammatory coffee and opt for a organic caffeine-free herbal tea.

And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that drugs, smoking, and boozing are bad habits that have to be curtailed. ‘Nuff talking about this. Just Google the photos of the infamous cocaine-snorting celebrities and boozers in Hollywood. The dramatic changes in their physical appearance will help you understand how important it is to avoid this stuff.

How to Prevent Wrinkles, Naturally

While my brother seldom drinks alcohol and coffee, he’s always outdoors and forgets to put on sunscreen and sunglasses. He gave me the most ridiculous excuse! He says he can’t be bothered!

Although he can’t handle the fuss of putting on a simple cream or sunglasses, he needs to know that UV radiation does major damage to the skin. He should be using broad-spectrum zinc-oxide SPF 30 sunscreen every day. Here’s our list of safe sunscreens.

 Have you ever used Botox? Do you put on sunscreen every day? Are you bothered by wrinkles?

A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

66 Comments

  1. Aimz Berkiová

    Why would a person in their right mind get botox? Don’t they see all the celebrities end up looking like aliens after all those botox injections??

  2. Sonja Fallow

    When did the human race become so superficial? There used to be times when it was ok to age and get old, become a grandmother. Now 50 years olds looking like 30 year olds, 30 year olds all have the same face, looking like identical twins. That’s not my idea of beauty.

    • Janet Roper

      A world full of Kardashians… YIKES!

  3. Amanda Roberts

    Aging seems to be a not so beautiful thing, and nobody wants to get wrinkly, but I want to age naturally, so I wouldn’t get any botox injections or plastic surgery, but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t use masks or lotions. You can be old and still have a beautiful soft skin, even if you have wrinkles.

    • Claudia Nainggolan

      Right. Some women age gracefully. Lucky for them!

  4. Danielle Wilson

    I don’t know much about botox, but I keep hearing that it’s bad and unhealthy. I don’t think I would ever consider botox unless in the future they make into a harmless, safe thing.

  5. Lin Del Rey

    Oh no. I’d never get botox done, but I would get surgery if I had to. Aging is inevitable, but I’d like to stay beautiful and glowing! 🙂

  6. Stefanie Tyson

    Wrinkles and bad skin are my worst nightmare! I do all sorts of masks and peeling. But I wouldn’t go for botox. It’s not worth it.

  7. Andrea Mitchell

    Your brother of course has no worry about wrinkles! Wrinkles make men sexier, while they make women less appealing at times.

  8. Kimberly Thompson

    I know this is all so true, and that we should minimize our use of caffeine, but coffee is too good to quit. I don’t enjoy tea at all.

  9. Nicky Bryan

    Men’s most common excuse is “can’t be bothered”. 😂😂 Doesn’t he read your blog? He should know better than any other man that it’s worth the bother!

  10. Shannon Bradley

    You have such a beautiful skin, Hilary. What’s your skin care routine?

    • Thank you! I use pure, organic oils and mix in essential oils. Eating a vegan / plant-based diet really helped my skin too.

  11. && This is why vegans have perfect skin! My skin got smoother and lighter ever since I switched to a vegan diet. 🙂

  12. Emma Stevens

    Unfortunately I never realized the importance of sun screen until I read one of your articles about it. Now I know better thanks to you, and I don’t go out without it!

  13. Lauren Gilson

    I’ve recently switched to raw eating, and I feel lighter, healthier and happier than ever. Your body is a temple. Stop filling it with trash!

  14. Josephine Grenier

    Is it normal that I’m 30 and still dealing with acne time to time?

  15. Trisha

    Is it normal that I’m 30 and still deal with acne time to time?

  16. Jennifer McSween

    Have you heard of cell renewal creams? Do they actually make any difference?

  17. Leah Helms

    I keep hearing that make up makes the age faster. Is there any truth in that?

    • Leah Helms

      I mean ***make up makes the skin age faster. – sorry for the stupid typo lol

  18. LOL your brother is such a typical man! I can’t get my boyfriend to put on sunscreen unless we’re going to the beach. He says it’s too much work to put it on, and that he doesn’t think it’s actually protecting… 🙄

  19. Delilah Peyton

    Thank god I’m too young to worry about wrinkles haha

  20. I used to think botox was cool, and even considered getting it if I needed it some day. But I changed my mind after my aunt’s botox went wrong. She had half her face paralyzed for a week.

  21. Lois Evans

    Aloe vera, Water and Almonds are very useful remedies for wrinkles.

  22. Lauraine Neal

    No wrinkles, but I have eye bags, and dark circle. I don’t know what to do about them.

  23. Molly Twain

    Thank you for these tips. Who wouldn’t want to look as young as possible?!

  24. Hazel Brown

    Take a look at Courtney Cox and other celebrities who afraid to look old.

  25. Selli Coaze

    Deep wrinkles–you want to shrug them off as a natural part of the aging process. For those who think that aging gracefully is overrated, however, those furrows defining your brow and framing your smile have far less to do with looking distinguished and far more to do with looking old. While over-the-counter creams can improve the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles require the big guns. The best way to get rid of deep wrinkles is to head to a dermatologist or other qualified skin care for assessment and treatment.

    • Jurik Smith

      Yep, just visit a dermatologist for a clearer idea about wrinkles.

  26. Hena Taylor

    In my case I’ve found that taking gelatin, which converts in the body to collagen (essential for smooth skin), has been the best way to get rid of wrinkles over time. You have to take it consistently, though. I learned about this from the book “Sip Away Your Wrinkles.”

  27. If you are stressing about your wrinkles, you will get wrinkles on that too, right? Wrinkles mean you are getting old, and that is just normal. There’s a lot of medical treatments for removing wrinkles, but you will look kind of weird after that.

    • Hachi Komatsu

      Totally! I am not bothered by wrinkles because I am ready for them. It’s part up, and you can’t avoid them. I see people who tried avoiding them, and the result is unbelievable. Nasty. Lol

  28. Maxine Ford

    I’m only 30 years old and I already have a few fine lines around my mouth and eyes. No deep wrinkles as of yet, thank goodness, but I really rue the day when I’ll wake up and find a wrinkly face in the mirror to meet me in the mornings.

  29. Esther Devine

    VEGETABLES!!! They give you a lot of benefits for your body, inside, and out!

  30. Jessi Agusta

    Stress is number one cause of wrinkles, and smoking reduces stress, but it can cause wrinkles too. Lol, Let us accept the fact that we are going to have wrinkles in the future no matter what.

    • Joan Morales

      HAHA! I agree with you. Whatever you do in your face, you will get those wrinkles too.

  31. Brittany West

    For me having wrinkles is a sign that we already old..but there many preventions to avoid wrinkles..we should have a proper diet…and try not to expose our skin to the sun..and don’t think too much about your problems….be happy always…

  32. Richard Armendariz

    Sleeping late is part of my job, I guess I should deal with it. I can see lines near my lips, and my girlfriend told me that I look old that before. I’m just 30, and I don’t want to look like 40-ish lol.

  33. From now on, I will put protection to my face. Is it okay to use beauty products? Are they safe? I’m not using anything on my face because I am afraid to use something harmful, but what do you think?

  34. Lisa Bryson

    I’m a hard drinker, and I am aware of the consequences that I will face when I get old. The thing for me is that to enjoy my life while I am young. We will all have that lines in our face soon, but the happiness you have right now is more important. After all, I could get hit by a bus tomorrow!

  35. Deanna Woods

    Fine lines and wrinkles commonly happen as you age, though they can start to make an appearance at a relatively young age. Attributed partly to genetics, wrinkles also often reflect your lifestyle, especially when you spend a lot of time in the sun. Topical skincare treatments can smooth and firm your skin for a more rejuvenated, youthful complexion. But the most effective wrinkle reduction plan limits sun exposure, prohibits smoking, and includes a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

  36. Genie Mackenzie

    I see a comment about Matthew of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, have you seen Courtney? I guess that’s the result of being afraid to age, look at her now. Too much Botox — she looks so fake. Sorry for her fans, but she WAS beautiful.

    • Eloise Ferris

      OMG – I noticed that too!!! Courtney Cox’s face is SO different from her face in FRIENDS.

  37. Alicia

    I am bothered by wrinkles because it will make me ugly! I don’t want to age, and I am afraid to look old. What’s the best solution???

    • Well firstly, don’t think that it’ll make you ugly. You’re beautiful with or without wrinkles!
      Just follow my tips and try not to worry about it. 🙂

  38. April Henry

    I just want to ask you, how can you get enough of sleep? Hahaha! I’ve been missing sleep since I was old enough to go clubbing! Ha

  39. Olivia Joson

    Still hopeless. I have those lines already, and I am looking for remedy.

  40. Do you know Matthew Perry of F.R.I.E.N.D.S? Look at him now, his face is full of wrinkles compared to other actors who are the same age as him who doesn’t smoke, drink, and used drugs. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs can cause wrinkles on your face, and you might not see them now, but when you get old, you will see the effect of it.

  41. Bela Christo

    Very true article! I just learned about an older generation of women who live in remote areas of the Highlands. When you see the quality of their skin, there are many who’ve never drunk to excess or smoked who still have amazingly youthful complexions in their old age. It reiterates your points.

  42. Paul Daiz

    My fiancee is 29, and wrinkles are partly showing up. I know that we are aging, and wrinkles are a sign of that. I always tell her that even though her face is on the verge of being covered with wrinkles, she is still the most beautiful woman to me.

  43. Cristina Joseff

    Squinting my eyes is an ingrained mannerism for me. Lol. I will visit my derma to stop my mannerism because I don’t want to end up with a lot of wrinkles.

  44. Monica King

    Seriously? Is she just 29? WHYYYY!!

  45. Maria Bruce

    I would also add that facial cleansing products cause premature aging of the skin. The natural oils in your skin are far better for you than the stuff you put in to replace the natural stuff you have washed off. Exfoliation damages the skin – nature likes to keep the old dead skin because it protects it. You only need to clean yourself when you’re covered in something nasty – so living in a city is not good for your skin, your lungs or your life in general.

  46. Ana Brose

    Making too many facial expressions can cause more wrinkles. Even smiling too much can give you wrinkles! Whatever you do, you will have wrinkles, so what’s the point of avoiding it?

  47. Jeni Morgan

    We can’t control and avoid aging, but what we can do is to help ourselves to slowly produce wrinkles.

  48. In my business (modeling), it’s impossible not to worry about wrinkles. I wish more companies and magazines would hire older models, so I could relax about getting older a little!

  49. I am always really careful about wearing sunscreen (a habit drummed into me from the inevitable painful sunburns incurred as a redheaded child!), but I suspect stress and lack of sleep may be working against me. Thanks for the tips!

  50. Wrinkles are a part of aging, it's completely natural.But you shouldn't speed up the process by indulging in bad habits. My mom is nearly 50 and doesn't have a single wrinkle because she never abused any substance, barely drinks (except her one glass of wine) and drinks a lot of water. I also think genetics have a large part of it. My grandmothers and great-grandmother didn't have much wrinkles either. So I think I don't have to worry about that for a while 🙂

  51. Courtney Watson

    I’m aware of “aging gracefully.” Yeah, wrinkles are part of life, but I’m glad to know that we can reduce their appearance through the help of a naturally good skin care regimen. Who wouldn’t want to look younger anyway?!

  52. Joanne Samonte

    My mentality is: I’d rather have wrinkles than to undergo ‘botox.’ Botox is scary (urgh).

  53. Regina Santos

    So what about wrinkles? It’s part of being human. We should all stop being obsessed. That’s the REAL issue!

  54. Randie Cadiogan

    Wrinkles are awful.  We’ll all get them but it’s good to know that there’s a way to prevent and slow them down. 🙂 

  55. Hannah Mayers

    Some actresses and actors look like they’re 20 years older than their true age. I guess that’s what drugs, alcohol and a crazy family does to someone… 🙁

  56. Arabella Clarington

    I don’t mind a little bit of wrinkles. It shows you’re actually human and not all plastic. LOL 🙂

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