9 Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Wrinkles
They say that aging is a part of life- but it’s one I could do without! I often hear so-called experts claim there is nothing that can be done about wrinkles unless you get a facelift or laser resurfacing.
While facelifts and lasers are extremely effective, they aren’t options for everyone and they aren’t something people can do every week.
Fortunately, there are tons of ways to stop and even reverse the formation of wrinkles, saggy skin, dark under eye circles, etc. Below are the most effective products you can use at home to reverse the signs of aging.
Hands down, red light therapy is one of the most effective ways to stop and reverse signs of aging in the skin. One Google search for “red light therapy before and after photos” is all you need to understand why. (To save you a little time, check out the example photo above.)
Red light therapy and near infrared light therapy boosts the body’s own repair and renewal processes, resulting in 50-100% faster renewal. RubyLux is the gold standard for near infrared light therapy and red light therapy, both.
Pair light therapy with the other products on this list and you can achieve even better results. Remember to take before and after pics! Many people don’t realize how drastic of a change light therapy/PBM has caused and being able to look back at photos you took in very strong natural light will help you see your progress later. It will also help you brag to everyone you know.
Some of the ways red and/or near infrared light therapy helps reverse aging are:
- Increases collagen and elastin production
- Firms sagging skin
- Brings fullness back to thin, crepe-like skin
- Improves skin thickness to hide under eye circles or tear troughs that have worsened due to age and thinning skin
- Gets rid of fine lines
- Lifts droopy jowls, brows and eyelids
- Improves the skin’s natural cuticle barrier to retain moisture better, resulting in less dryness and better natural defenses against toxins and pollutants
- Makes skin smoother
- Reduces pore size (especially when used with microneedling)
- Fades crow’s feet
- Improves deeper wrinkles and lines, such as marionette lines around the mouth.
For my face and neck, I prefer the RubyLux NIR-A Near Infrared Bulb. A close second is the RubyLux Red & Near Infrared LED Bulb.
NO, IT DOES NOT HURT. I promise!
Even if you are afraid of needles like me, give microneedling, or dermarollers, a chance. Because you don’t press down with the roller and there are so many tiny needles, they do not penetrate very deeply. Although they only prick the outer surface of the skin, that is enough to set your body’s repair efforts in motion.
Several weeks after a microneedling session, you’ll see the results. Alone, this treatment has profound results, but in conjunction with near infrared light therapy or red light therapy, it’s almost like magic. The results many people get are on par with laser resurfacing.
You can support your skin’s renewal by taking hydrolyzed collagen supplements as well. Be sure to take sufficient doses, though. Consider taking up to 6 to 10 grams a day or more. (Or just throw the tablets in your morning smoothie while blending it like my hair stylist does.)
Microneedling improves many different skin problems, such as:
- Marionette’s lines
- Crow’s feet
- Age spots
- Acne scars (and acne in general)
- Red veins from rosacea
- Collagen production
- Stretch marks
- Bat wings, or saggy arms
For instance, check out this Reddit user’s before and after pic (above). She used a dermaroller on the left thigh and purposely left the right one untreated. Her goal was to get rid of her stretch marks. I’d say it was a success!
When choosing a dermaroller, pick one the proper size for your goals. The LT Dermaroller Microneedling Tool is a good middle-of-the-road option you can use on the face and neck and on the body.
Facial massage is very useful for keeping wrinkles at bay. It promotes healthy circulation, giving you a beautiful glow. I use two different cheap gua sha tools to gently massage my face each week.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese treatment where you rub or scrape gently at the skin using a natural resin, agate stone or similar tool.
To do your own gua sha facial massage treatment at home, start out by warming up your skin with a sauna or facial steamer. Or just do your massage after taking a hot shower. Apply your favorite essential oil blend (I like mixing a bit of lavender or rosehip oil into sweet almond oil) to your face and neck. Then use the gua sha tool to gently massage the area for 1-2 minutes per region.
The two tools I like to use are a natural resin gua sha/acupressure stick and a natural carnelian/agate “scraping” tool.
With the resin stick, I trace over my marionette lines, the 11’s between my eyes and along my tear troughs. Don’t press too hard or you could bruise yourself.
With the agate tool, I drag it along the skin to massage the fascia under my face.
I thought I was exfoliating right until I started using this device. The difference after one use was amazing- someone even complimented me about my “makeup” the next day…when I wasn’t wearing any.
Exfoliating is important to remove the dead skin cells at the surface, which accumulate more the older we get and make the skin look dull, tired and lifeless. Removing the dead skin cells not only uncovers brighter, healthier-looking skin underneath, it also triggers your skin to keep producing new skin cells and keep regenerating. It gets rid of flaky and scaly skin, blackheads and leaves the skin super-clean. After exfoliating I like to apply a natural skin oil to my face, since it’s dry otherwise. Olive, coconut or sweet almond oil are my usual lineup.
When looking for an electronic exfoliation/cleansing device, you could spring for the $200 Clarisonic, but honestly my opinion is it’s overpriced and it doesn’t seem like users are rating it terribly highly. I prefer the 5-in-1 Electronic Facial Cleanser by Eto. It’s cheap (about $15) and it does a great job.
The eye area has the thinnest skin on the entire body. And the signs of aging around the eyes are so noticeable. Yet many products cannot be used on the sensitive eye area. With age my dark under eye circles and tear troughs became more noticeable and my eyelids started drooping.
I set out to look for solutions to these issues and decided to try thermal ionic rejuvenation on the eye area. Over the past couple months it’s made a solid improvement in my eye area. I’ve always had noticeable tear troughs my whole life so I know they won’t just disappear completely, but at least they’ve returned to the level they were in my 20’s. I can live with that.
Since I’m a fan of saving a buck, I bought the IonEyes Thermal Ionic Eye Rejuvenator and I’ve been quite pleased with it.
I was pretty skeptical that some kind of frozen ice roller was going to do anything to better my skin. But with all the rave reviews online I decided to try it out. It’s easy enough- you just freeze the roller and then roll it all over your face for several minutes. Pop it back in the freezer for next time.
I like this stainless steel version, which is more sturdy and sanitary than the plastic types.
Pore vacuums are pretty useful devices. They basically suck the nasty stuff out of your pores. I use one made by Hailicare after taking a shower or using the sauna, when my pores are open, and it does a good job. (You have to use it when your pores are warmed up and open or it won't work very well for extracting stuff from the pores.)
What I did not know and was delighted to discover is that you can use a pore vacuum as a sort of vacuum-assisted massage tool to get rid of wrinkles. So once every week or so when I am already vacuuming my pores, I run a pore vacuum along the deeper wrinkles I have.
Obviously, this isn’t the tool to use near your eyes, but for other areas it’s great. It is powerful, so right afterwards I have red marks on my face. I just do it at night so it’s not an issue.
The one downside to pore vacuums is they can cause a bit of skin flaking the next day as the skin starts renewing itself.
For me, facial steaming or getting my face in a sauna is a must. I have rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis and the heat gets rid of rosacea pustules, kills bacteria and prevents dermatitis scales from popping up.
However, steam can be beneficial for any face. Whenever I can’t get in the sauna, I use a facial steamer instead. It opens up the pores so it’s a good start to my weekly facial. It helps to steam before vacuuming your pores and also it helps your skin absorb skincare products better.
I don’t like a bunch of junk cluttering up my home, so I like this one from Keimei because it’s compact but still gets the job done. Bonus: it has a nasal mask for when my nose is feeling too dry.
Surprisingly, a big contributor to wrinkles and skin aging is what happens when you sleep. Your skin gets pushed and pulled around, stressing it for 8 hours a night. With a smooth, silk pillowcase, there is far less pulling.
But that isn’t the only way silk helps skin. You may recall silk being a popular ingredient in high-end skincare products. That’s because the secretions of the silkworm are extremely beneficial to the skin. Those secretions stay on the silk even after it is woven into fabric and made into pillowcases and after many washings.
Bonus: silk pillowcases have long been known to be great for your hair as well.
The best silk is “Mulberry” silk, as the silkworms are fed only Mulberry leaves, resulting in the finest quality silk available.
A good one to try is this one by July Song. It's a better deal for the money since most comparable 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcases start at $50.
As you can see, there are tons of effective ways to stop the aging process and even reverse it. All you need are a few key products added to your skincare routine. In my experience, except for a trip to the plastic surgeon's office, the products I’ve listed here are the best ways to reverse wrinkles.