The Face Timeline: What Wrinkles Look Like at Age 20, 30, and 40

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Woman in her 20s

Wrinkles are not just old people’s problems. It’s a simple, undeniable fact that people age every day, so the fine lines will certainly crop up even before you hit your 50s. The only question is, how early and where exactly? If you’re curious as to how wrinkles develop through the years, here’s a timeline of how your face will most likely look like:

In your 20s

Flash news, as early as your 20s, you can already see wrinkles tracing your face. Usually, you’ll notice it in the middle and upper forehead section. For the most part, it’s due to the frequent movements you do with your eyebrows. If you’re wondering how come you’re having fine lines this early, well, you should know that when you hit this early adulthood stage, your skin produces 1% less collagen each year. That means the skin gets thinner, weaker, and looser.

How do you delay this aging? One, manage your stress. Furrowing your brows habitually when thinking about your unreasonable professor doesn’t help in your anti-aging skincare routine. Practice stress-relieving techniques like meditation and yoga instead. Two, protect your face from sun damage. Apply sunscreen on your face even though you’re not going outdoors. Three, since you’re at the stage of life where you need to be pretty, presentable all the time, make sure that the cosmetic products you use have wrinkle-reducing ingredients, like retinol and glycolic acid.

In your 30s

Here, you’ll find more lines, particularly around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and the side of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. Crow’s feet, frown lines, and laugh lines result from frequent squinting and smiling. Now, of course, you can’t avoid these facial expressions altogether. But, one thing you can do to reduce those fine lines is to apply creams religiously. Include Ren night cream in your beauty regimen daily, for instance, before you hit the sack. Remember though that the skin around your eyes is very delicate. Rubbing the product there will only do more harm than good. Don’t tug at it. Pat the cream gently and use just enough. Of course, it’s equally important to use sunscreen. Again, sun damage is one of the major culprits behind wrinkles. Lather up protection every day, using an SPF 15 or higher and re-applying it every 3 hours. If you can use other protective stuff, like caps, hats, or umbrella, when going outside, better.

In your 40s

Woman on her 40s

At this age, your body doesn’t produce collagen anymore. The skin then becomes less and less supple and weaker. Some people take collagen supplements. If you’re planning to do the same, ask your doctor first to know if it’s safe for your health. The best thing you can do now is just to slow down the aging process. How do you do that? Use serums that contain antioxidants. The skin produces less sebum as you age, making it more vulnerable to irritants and pollutants. The serums should help fight free radicals. Make sure to use cleansers every morning and evening as well to get rid of dead skin cells and dirt, accumulated throughout the day.

All of these point to the fact that you can never afford taking good skin care routine for granted. Wrinkles can pop up anytime, as early as you wouldn’t expect. So start as early as now. Otherwise, you’ll see fine lines sooner than later.

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