No- or low-cost tips
Dermatologists have many products and procedures, but their cost can make a big wrinkle in your budget. So let's start with the less expensive options. First, use a good sunblock to protect your skin and help prevent wrinkles. (See box, below.) Then, watch how you sleep. You've heard of laugh lines, right? Well, sleeping with your face squished into the pillow also promotes lines, so try sleeping on your back. Eating a healthy diet and exercising help your skin as well, although dermatologists disagree over the value of vitamins in skin care products.
You don't need to spend a lot of money to get good cleansers or moisturizers, dermatologists say. Most people's skin gets drier with age, so use a moisturizing cleanser. Moisturizers don't prevent or stop wrinkles, but they do temporarily fill in lines. Dermatologists say a moisturizer is what's working in some of those before-and-after pictures that advertise anti-wrinkle creams.
If you have to wait longer than a minute or two for a skin care product to dry, you're using too much, Schultz says.