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How do I reduce wrinkles and pores on my face at the age of 21?

I find it hard to believe you already have static wrinkles at 21!


Having dry/dehydrated skin can make your face look as if you have some fine lines, but it’s just an illusion. Once your skin goes back to its optimal water content it will look plumper, and the “wrinkles” will most likely disappear.


To avoid this kind of issue I would suggest you to use hydrating skincare products at least once every day, twice if your skin is very dry. Remember that skincare products need to be applied on clean skin.


Choosing the right products can be hard, especially when there are so many on the market. Here is an answer on how to choose high quality skincare in case you need some help: As a dermatologist, what aspect of skincare do people often overlook?


To reduce the appearance of pores I would recommend you to use a Niacinamide serum. Niacinamide needs to be in the formulation at least at 10%. Pick a product that clearly states the %, otherwise you won’t be sure it’s enough to be effective!


Not only Niacinamide minimises pores…it also evens out the skin tone diminishing the appearances of sun damaged areas or dark spots, it reinforces the skin barrier, and reduces the damages from UV rays. Quite a lot of advantages, right?


If you are interested in preventing early aging signs you should use sunscreen. Sunscreen is the #1 anti-aging product.


I recently wrote an answer where I share tips on how to use sunscreen if your goal is to avoid photoaging. Here it is:

How many times a day should I reapply sunscreen for anti-ageing purposes?

If you’re out in the sun you should reapply sunscreen every two hours or less for anti-aging purposes.


If you are in a very sunny place and most of your body is exposed (for example on the beach), every hour would be best in order for you to avoid sunburn.

I personally do not apply sunscreen if I am at home. Sun exposure is highly beneficial for our mental health; while I do want to age gracefully, I am not scared of the sun.

Remember to apply a generous amount of sunscreen, otherwise it won’t protect you efficiently. SPF values are calculated using a pretty high amount of product, which means you won’t be able to replicate the same level of protection unless you apply a lot.


Recently I have been using either MQ Skin sunscreen or Sun Bum’s 30 SPF, which is pretty affordable. I especially appreciate that it has a dry feel. It’s not greasy at all, unlike many other sunscreens I have tried.


In fact, as a cosmetic chemist I will honestly tell you that I don’t believe you need to spend a lot of money for a good sunscreen.


As long as the formula is wearable and the sunscreen is a broad spectrum one you can safely buy one that is affordable and only go for more expensive ones if you’re feeling fancy.


The reason why I say this is that all sunscreens’ efficacy is tested the same way. A cheap 50 SPF will protect your skin just as much as an expensive 50 SPF.


Hope this helped!