Wrinkle: Dermatologist Guide to Anti-ageing


Wrinkle: Dermatologist Guide to Anti-ageing

Doctor, how to erase wrinkles?

As a dermatologist and beauty blogger, I often get this question. Yes! you can erase wrinkles with procedures like Botox, Fillers, and LASERS.  However, yuou can delay the formation of wrinkles with a good anti-ageing skincare routine, lifestyle and supplements. If you start these as early as 25, your skin will stay even-toned, radiant and wrinkle-free for a long.

I started my anti-ageing skincare routine when I was 25 years of age. Now at 41, I can vouch that wrinkles can be delayed.

Watch this video to have a sneak peek at my skin and the lifestyle that worked for me:

In this article, I am sharing dermatologists’ approaches to erasing wrinkles before they come! 

Why do you get wrinkles?

Wrinkle occur because of the loss of collagen and elastin in the second layer of skin. Studies show the following changes occur at the microscopic level in your skin:

-Reduction in Collagen leads to fine lines.

-Elastin store dwindles, causing sagging.

-GAGs are responsible for water binding. Their reduction is visible as a loss of soft and supple skin.

-Hyaluronic acid decreases in the epidermis. As a result, wrinkled skin looks thin and dull.

How to erase wrinkles?

The focus of the anti-ageing skincare routine is the following:

Protect skin from ongoing damage

Skin is exposed to oxidative damage due to stress, pollution, bad lifestyle, UV rays etc. Anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, E, B3, and Glutathione scavenge the free radicals and protect skin from ongoing damage. Daily use of Sunscreens can prevent UV rays-induced damage.

Rejuvenate lost collagen and elastin

Fortunately, we can rejuvenate the collagen and elastin fibres that cause wrinkle by following two proven anti-ageing agents:

  • Peptides like Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (MatrixylTM 3000) stimulate collagen synthesis and activate dermal metabolism.

Preserve what you have

Skin loose hydration, elasticity, even skin tone and suppleness with age. Ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, Kojic acid, Argan oil, and Arbutin tackle these changes.

Does anti-wrinkle cream work?

Studies show that regular use of dermatologist-recommended anti-ageing creams has the following benefits:

  • Delay in the appearance of fine lines.
  • Delay in the formation of new deeper wrinkles. But might not drastically reduce existing wrinkles.
  • Improvement in the skin’s texture gives an even-toned and smooth look.
  • Improve dull and patchy look in dry skin types with peptide and hyaluronic acid-based anti-wrinkle creams.
  • Reduction of oiliness, pimples and open pores in the oily skin with retinoid-based anti-wrinkle creams.
  • Improve dark spots and patches with alpha-hydroxy acid or Vitamin C-based anti-wrinkle creams.

But, but, but… none of skin care products can prevent sagging of skin, deep wrinkles, or loss of volume.

Skin Care Routine To Erase Wrinkle

I am sure you are all set to try our anti-ageing skincare regime. Well, the best age to start is when you are 25. Necessary as you hit 30’s. However, it’s never too late to embark on your anti-ageing journey!

So let’s get started!


The Morning regime consists of the following steps:

  • Cleansing with a face wash that matches your skin type.
  • Tone with rose water
  • Repair skin with Vitamin C
  • Protect skin with sunscreen. Repeat if you go out.
  • Makeup sits on the top.

Step 1: Face wash

There is no point in using a face wash that promises to erase wrinkles or dark spots because the contact time of face wash is only 5 minutes.

The only purpose of the face wash is to remove excess oil, dirt, dust and pollutants.

Then how do you choose your face wash? The choice of face wash depends on your skin type.

The dermatocare team has classified the dermatologist-recommended brands of face wash based on your skin type in the article given below:

Not sure what is your skin type? Click here!

Step 2: Rosewater

After washing your face, hydrate and soothe your skin with rose water, spray and massage rose water to freshen up your skin instantly.

For maximum benefits, use pure and organic rose water. Click this link Best pure organic rose water in India and United States for brands shortlisted by the Dermatocare team.

Step 3: Apply Vitamin C serum

The next steps focus on repairing your skin with the help of Vitamin C. It is a powerful antioxidant that can repair ongoing skin damage caused by UV rays, pollution, dust etc. It lightens skin, promotes even skin tone and imparts radiance to the skin.

For the brand of Vitamin C serum that works wonders, click this link, Best Vitamin C serum in India, US, and UK.

Step 4: Apply sunscreen:

Sunscreen is an absolute must if you want to prevent wrinkles.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF 15 is enough if you do not step out of the house. SPF 30 for casual sun exposure, while SPF of 50 is a must for prolonged or severe sun exposure.  

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before stepping out. Repeat 3 hourly in case of prolonged sun exposure. Apply at least a teaspoon to the face and neck to achieve full SPF.

The choice of sunscreen depends on your skin type, type of sun exposure, skin sensitivity, and skin concerns. Read this article to find the best dermatologist-recommended sunscreen for your skin.

Step 5 Make-up

Make-up sits on the top of your skincare products. Instead of layering multiple products, use a compact powder with a foundation. It gives you a nice matt and smooth look.


Night skin care regime has the following steps:

  • If you use make-up, then make sure you remove it completely. Any residue of make-up left on the skin can clog pores and compromise its barrier.  
  • After removing make-up, wash your face and spray rose water. Massage the rose water to hydrate and soothe your skin. 
  • The next step is to apply an anti-ageing cream containing either retinoid, or peptide or both. Retinoids have many studies to back up their efficacy as anti-ageing ingredeints. Many anti-wrinkle creams have mixture of retinoids, peptides, niacinamide, glycolic acid etc.

For a complete list of dermatologist-recommended brands of anti-ageing creams, read this article, Best retinol or retinaldehyde products. 

Avoid Retinoids if your skin dry. or sensitive. Instead, use one of the following peptide-based anti-ageing creams:

The Ordinary Buffet serum

Peptide serum

Best for dry and sensitive skin

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Face Serum

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Face Serum

Best for dry and sensitive skin with pigmentation

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Face Serum has peptides, Niacinamide, and panthenol. It can soothe sensitive skin, along with reducing dark spots and wrinkles.

Fillerina Night Cream


Best results with Swiss patent technology

Fillerina 12 HA cream is a patented product with many anti-ageing ingredients like retinoid, peptides, collagen, elastin, glycolic acid, lactic acid, Hyaluronic acid etc. It is worth a try for those who want to keep their skin young!

Click here for the full review, Fillerina cream review

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com


Dead skin cells tend to build up on the top of your skin,, especially after 30 years. We recommend at-home peeling twice a month until the skin gets even toned and radiant.

After 3 -5 sitting, you can do peeling once in 4-6 weeks. However, peeling should be done with utmost care to avoid any side effects as detailed in this article, Chemical Peeling: Dermatologist Guide.

The Ordinary peeling solution

Diet for wrinkle prevention

Lifestyle in the form of sleep, diet and exercise profoundly affect your skin. Read this article, Diet for good skin & hair, for detailed diet and lifestyle advice. We have seen a significant impact of this lifestyle in my patients.

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