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How to Fight Microwrinkles

Creams with key ingredients can help reverse damage caused by dehydration.

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THE SCIENCE
Researchers at the University of Southampton in England found that dehydration is a major cause of microwrinkles, the beginning stage of full-blown wrinkles in the skin.
EXPERT INSIGHT
It’s important to fight microwrinkles—also known as superficial wrinkles—while the lines are still shallow, before they require injections (like Botox) or lasers to erase them. Hydration is crucial because as moisture drops, the outer layer of your skin dries out and becomes stiff. As a result, facial movements become deeper, larger, and therefore more visible, the study authors explain.
 
But drinking water may not be enough, says Zakia Rahman, MD, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford University who is not associated with the study. Rahman recommends hydrating topically. Lotions with the right ingredients can minimize microwrinkles temporarily, while heavy-duty creams can actually help reverse some of the damage, Rahman notes.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Look for a formula with hyaluronic acid, like SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier, to prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place. If you can already see tiny lines, upgrade to a vitamin C-packed product to rebuild collagen and counteract the damage. (Rahman suggests Active C10 from La Roche-Posay.)


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