How to Reduce Wrinkles by Moisturizing

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Maintaining your skin's moisture levels reduces the appearance of wrinkles. While topical moisturizers actively work to maintain skin's plump smooth appearance, exfoliating, sunscreen and diet play further roles in keeping skin hydrated to reduce wrinkles. Learn how to properly care for your skin inside and out to improve and maintain smooth skin free from wrinkles.

Step 1

Exfoliate skin to promote cell turnover and the regrowth of new plump skin. Choose a mildly abrasive scrub or exfoliating soap to use on a regular basis before applying moisturizer, or apply a textured cloth to your skin in a perpendicular motion to wrinkles to gently exfoliate away dead skin. Consult with your doctor if you'd like to use an acid exfoliator -- lactic, glycolic or citric -- to prevent skin irritation or damage. After using your ideal exfoliator, follow with sunscreen and moisturizer.

Step 2

Use a moisturizing sunscreen or a sunscreen under your moisturizer every time you step outside. Stepping out in the sun unprotected puts your skin at risk of losing elasticity and forming wrinkles due to the sun's damaging ultraviolet light. Most days, using an SPF of 15 provides adequate protection. However, if you're out in the sun for long periods, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50.

Step 3

Prevent expression lines deepening into wrinkles by wearing moisturizer. When the skin's moisture levels are maintained, skin appears plump and radiant. Stay away from moisturizers that contain preservatives, dyes and perfumes, which can irritate your skin. Instead, choose a moisturizer containing vitamins A, C and E to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and apply it to your skin morning and night.

Step 4

Keep your skin moisturized from within with a diet high in vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids and water. Vegetables and fruits -- broccoli, strawberries and oranges -- are loaded with skin hydrating vitamins and minerals. Include foods rich in omega-3s such as salmon, avocados and almonds to soften the appearance of wrinkles and prevent moisture loss from your skin. Drink plenty of water to flush your body of waste and toxins, which dull your complexion.