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Skincare 101: Fighting Fine Lines and Wrinkles

A few lines add character (at least they work for Clooney), but there’s no race to slap legit wrinkles on your face. Slow down signs of aging with these six strategies.

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Sure, a furrowed brow adds distinction to your appearance, but one wrinkle too many and you’ll force her to wonder Is he too old for me? Fine lines do come with age—the older you get, the less collagen your cells produce and the thinner and looser your skin appears. But paying a little extra attention to your skin can stall wrinkles until it’s time. Start by taking a good look at your lifestyle. Smoking, skipping sunscreen, not getting enough sleep, and being lax about grooming habits can speed up skin’s aging process. (See: 10 Skincare Do’s and Don’ts) Still, there's no need to steal your girlfriend’s messy green face mask or schedule an expensive facial. Skin upkeep can be quick and easy. Adopt this routine now—and know that there are strategies for smoothing out wrinkles when they pop up.

1. Wash Twice a Day
Your face needs a little more than just a rinse in the shower. Aim to wash it both in the morning and at night (plus after workouts). Here’s a no-frills approach: Use lukewarm water and your fingertips to suds up, then rinse and pat dry. Opt for a cleanser that contains glycolic acid to help slough off dead skin cells, which can make skin look dull. Try Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser ($7, drugstore.com).

2. Don’t Forget to Moisturize
No, you’re not being high-maintenance—a good moisturizer plays a key role in keeping skin hydrated after washing. And hydrated skin helps make wrinkles less noticeable. In the morning, slather on a lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher that offers both UVA and UVB protection—even during the winter months. Sun exposure ranks as one of the top causes of wrinkles. At night, try an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, like Olay Regenerist Regenerating Lotion ($22, drugstore.com).

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