How Can I Hide Wrinkles on My Face
8 ways to hide wrinkles on your face including using a silicone-based primer, applying a pumping moisturizer, and more.

Most women worry about wrinkles and fine lines as they get older. Learn how to hide wrinkles on your face, slow skin aging, and treat fine lines with the help of a dermatologist.

8 ways to hide wrinkles on your face

While there is nothing you can do to get rid of wrinkles altogether, you can make them less noticeable with the following tips:

  1. Apply a plumping moisturizer: Aging causes moisture to deplete from the skin. Dry skin can make wrinkles look worse and cause makeup to settle in unwanted places. Bring back moisture with a serum that contains hyaluronic acid and then layer with a moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it helps preserve moisture and plumps up the skin. Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water every day.
  2. Use retinoids: Retinoids can help your skin by encouraging collagen production. You can find retinol serums over the counter or ask your doctor to prescribe you stronger retinoids. 
  3. Avoid overdoing anti-aging creams: Don’t use too many anti-aging products at a time, as this can irritate your skin and cause your wrinkles to be more visible. 
  4. Use a silicone-based primer: Use a silicone primer after moisturizer and before foundation. Primer helps create an even tone throughout the skin, filling in fine lines so that foundation can go on more smoothly. 
  5. Use a light foundation: Use a light, moisturizing foundation instead of a heavier or matte formula. Heavy makeup can accentuate wrinkles as it settles into fine lines. Go for lighter BB creams or tinted moisturizers that give coverage without adding to a cakey look.
  6. Skip powder or use a lightweight one: Powder can make your makeup last longer, but it can settle into the fine lines of the skin and make wrinkles look worse. Therefore, it is better to skip it. If you still want to use it, use a light dusting of loose, mineral powder and avoid areas with the most wrinkles such as crow’s feet.
  7. Highlight your eyes: Highlight your eyes to draw attention away from your wrinkles. Choose a shimmer-free matte formula eyeshadow, as shimmers can accentuate wrinkles. Curling your lashes and applying mascara can also help you keep the focus on your eyes instead of your skin.
  8. Lip liner: To hide creases on your lips, use a lip liner first followed by lipstick and lip gloss. Lip liner prevents lipstick from smudging, and lip gloss improves the appearance of fine lines on your lips.

How to minimize the signs of skin aging

While makeup can help hide your wrinkles, a good skincare routine can help slow down skin aging:

  • Protect your skin from the sun: When you venture out under the sun, make sure you protect your skin by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen lotion.
  • Opt for a self-tanner instead of getting a tan: Getting tanned by using tanning beds or exposure to the sun can accelerate the skin aging process. Use a self-tanner instead to avoid premature wrinkles.
  • Avoid repetitive facial expressions: Repetitive facial expressions such as frowning or squinting can result in premature wrinkling in certain areas.
  • Eat a nutritious diet: If you find that you have been developing signs of premature aging, it may be a sign that your diet is lacking. Sugary foods and drinks can accelerate the wrinkling process of the skin. Hydrate yourself with at least 6-8 glasses of water per day and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise most days of the week: Doing moderate exercises on a daily basis can improve circulation and give a youthful appearance to the skin.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking not only hastens the aging process but also makes your skin appear dull.
  • Limit alcohol intake: Alcohol can dehydrate your skin and contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
  • Cleanse your skin gently: Scrubbing your skin too harshly can irritate it and trigger the skin aging process. Instead, use a gentle face wash to remove dirt from your skin.
  • Avoid skin care products that sting or burn: When your skin burns or stings, it means your skin is irritated. Irritating your skin can make it look older.
  • Wash your face twice a day: Avoid washing your face too frequently. Wash at least twice a day and after intense sweating.
  • Apply a facial moisturizer daily: Moisturizer traps moisture in your skin and reduces the risk of developing premature wrinkles.
  • Test skin care products before use: Test every product before using it for the first time. Dab a small amount of the product on your inner forearm and wait for at least 24 hours. If you do not have a skin reaction, you can start applying it to your face.
  • Give products time to work: Wait for at least 6 weeks to see the effects of skincare products on your skin. Sometimes, it may take even 3 months for a particular product to have noticeable results
  • Modify your sleeping position: Sleeping on your stomach can stretch your facial skin unnecessarily, which can accelerate the formation of premature wrinkles. Using a silk pillowcase can also help prevent wrinkles.


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What are treatment options for wrinkles?

If you are looking for skin treatments to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, visit a dermatologist who can evaluate your skin and suggest the best treatment for you. Various treatment options include

  • Prescription retinoids: Although you may find various over-the-counter retinol products, a prescription retinoid can work faster. Make sure that you do not skip sunscreen because these products make your skin highly sensitive to the sun.
  • Dermabrasion: The procedure involves using a small tool called a dermaroller that gently scrapes layers of skin away.
  • Chemical peels: Depending on your skin type, chemical peels involve using chemical solutions such as alpha-hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing: The laser technique involves focusing short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light on irregular skin to stimulate the growth of new collagen fiber or lighten skin hyperpigmentation.
  • Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®) injection therapy: Botox® is derived from botulinum toxin and injected into the muscles of the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, especially crow’s feet. It works by blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract.
  • Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers, sometimes called soft tissue fillers, are designed to be injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness to depressed areas of the skin. Substances used in dermal fillers include:
    • Calcium hydroxylapatite (a mineral-like compound found in bones)
    • Hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring sugar polymer)
  • Facelift: This is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the face and neck. It also involves tightening the muscular and connective tissue layers.

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Medically Reviewed on 6/6/2022
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