3. Look for Retinol in the Ingredient List
Don’t just play defense when wrinkles arrive. Add a collagen-boosting retinol cream to your skincare routine as you approach your 30s. At this age, collagen production begins to slow down, which means skin starts to lose elasticity. But retinol cream helps reverse that. Apply it at night rather than in the morning because it makes skin more sensitive to the sun’s damaging UV rays. Look for a cream with a moisturizer in it and use it after you wash your face at the end of the day. We like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($17, walgreens.com). Or if you’re looking for something stronger, ask your dermatologist about prescription retinoid cream.
4. Make Time for a Microderm Session
When skin starts to look sallow, an at-home microdermabrasion kit delivers a quick tune-up. Kits include an organic mineral crystal spray, which is applied to skin using your fingers, and a rotating brush that you use to gently rub the spray into your skin. After scrubbing, rinse your face clean, and you’ll also rinse away the outer layer of damaged cells, leaving you with tighter, younger-looking skin. To cut down on the mess that microdermabrasion kits make of your bathroom sink, try the treatment in the shower. Or ask your dermatologist about in-office procedures that buff away even more damaged skin.
5. Laser Away Lines
If the above skincare strategies aren’t packing enough punch, ask your dermatologist about pulling out the big guns—or at least the big lights. A procedure called non-ablative laser therapy helps tackle acne scars as well as wrinkles and fine lines. It targets and stimulates the dermis—the collagen-producing layer of skin—so you produce more collagen and get tighter, plumper skin. Because the process improves skin elasticity, you’ll continue to see improvements for two to three months after the procedure. More aggressive ablative laser therapies get rid of dead or unhealthy skin cells on the surface at the same time they stimulate the dermis.
6. Try a DIY Massage
Lasers a little too techy for your face? Massaging skin stimulates blood flow and temporarily tightens muscles, so skin appears tighter, too. Use your index and middle fingers to gently rub skin in small, circular motions. Don’t rub too vigorously or you'll risk irritating your face. Results don’t last long, so do DIY massage daily to keep skin looking fresh.