First it’s a little frown line (aka a ‘frinkle’), next thing you know, a whole colony of wrinkles are camped out around your eyes. Well don’t you fret, help is at hand.

When we’re young, our skin does a great job of stretching and holding in moisture because the dermis (the middle layer of the skin) contains fibres called elastin, which give it an elastic quality that keeps the skin looking and feeling smooth. At the same time, collagen – a protein in the dermis – ensures that skin is plump. But sadly, as we get older, the dermis loses both elastin and collagen, resulting in thinner skin that struggles to get enough moisture to the epidermis (the visible, surface layer of skin). Add to this the fact that the fat in the subcutaneous layer (which gives skin a plump appearance) also begins to disappear, and you get a sagging epidermis – which results in wrinkles as we know them.

4 frinkle factors

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While wrinkles are a part of the natural ageing process, there are a number of things that contribute to their formation at a specific age:

1.    Genetics

Look at how your mother has aged. Chances are you’ll age in a similar manner.

2.    Sun exposure

A key environmental cause of ageing that is preventable. And remember, sun beds not only cause wrinkles, but skin cancer too!

3.    Smooking

Nicotine depletes oxygen and nutrients in the skin while breaking down collagen in the dermis.

4.    Facial expressions

The areas of the face that contract as you form different facial expressions (around eyes, mouth, and across the forehead) are those areas where wrinkles are most likely to form.

While there are highly effective dermatologist-offered options such as Botox, peels and lasers, time and budget can be restrictive. In these cases, there are some at-home remedies that are remarkably powerful, offering fantastic, visible results. Here are the top at-home ways to say ‘So long, suckers!’ to those wrinkles…


Description: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night

Retinol smoothes the skin by speeding up cell turnover and collagen production. This ingredient is one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients on the market. It takes at least six weeks to see the effects on your skin, though.

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night is an intense blend of retinol and hyaluronic acid that smoothes and plumps skin.


Peptides smooth the skin and encourage collagen growth, and can be used in conjunction with retinol for more powerful results. Peptides during the day and retinol at night is a winning formula.

Derma Fix Tetra Peptides Collagen Conformer accelerates the restructuring of the dermis, resulting in an immediate tightening effect.


Description: Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Face Protector SPF 40

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Face Protector SPF 40

Nothing ages skin quicker than the sun. a minimum of SPF 25 used every day, in any weather, is advisable for South Africa’s climate. Double your protection by using foundation with a built-in SPF.

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Face Protector SPF 40 offers lightweight protection and is suitable for use around the eye area.

Sleep on your back

By sleeping on your stomach, you’re essentially creating wrinkles by crushing your face into a pillow! Flip over for quick results.


Description: Perricone Acyl-Glutathione 30ml

Perricone Acyl-Glutathione 30ml

These little helpers protect skin from free radicals during the day. Layer them underneath your moisturiser or sunscreen for maximum effect. Antioxcidants also repair your skin while you sleep, though some – like vitamin C – can be irritating if used at the same time as retinol.

Perricone Acyl-Glutathione 30ml addresses all the signs of ageing and completely restores the skin.

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