Soft and supple skin can be one of the most beautiful things in the world, but as we age, many of us struggle with dry skin and wrinkles that can make us look tired and old.

Do you have dry skin? If so, you’re certainly not alone – more than half of all people over the age of 50 have some form of this condition! Fortunately, by applying these tips to your skincare routine, you can reverse dry skin and wrinkles without spending tons of money on cosmetic products.

Dry skin can be due to genetics

Some people are naturally more susceptible to dry skin than others. If you’re genetically predisposed, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to completely stop your skin from drying out. Take care of your skin now, while it still has healthy levels of oil, so that you don’t end up with wrinkles later on down the line.

Your skin changes with age

There are a number of things that can contribute to dry skin and wrinkles, which is why it’s important to stay up-to-date on what those factors might be. From pollution and lack of sleep, to smoking or drinking too much alcohol, there are many changes in skin that you need to be aware of. Learning about your own individual skin can help prevent damage from happening in advance; it also allows you take better care of your body today.

The sun plays a role in dry skin

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight, typically in wavelengths between 290 nm and 400 nm, has been associated with changes in skin. While UV exposure can result in both immediate burning (sunburns) as well as longer-term effects like premature aging of skin and an increased risk of skin cancer, it’s important to note that UVB light is actually necessary for the formation of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of a number of conditions, including osteoporosis.

The temperature in your home affects dryness

If you’re like most people, your home environment is typically controlled at a steady temperature. Unfortunately, dry air can cause dry skin and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to create an optimal environment for your skin. 

Smoking causes wrinkles

Smoking can cause wrinkles on your face. The chemicals in cigarette smoke break down your skin cells and make your skin age faster. It also damages collagen, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and elastic. All of these factors can lead to premature aging, including wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself to improve your health—and you’ll look better while doing it!

A diet high in salt leads to wrinkles

Salt is dehydrating, which means it can pull water out of your skin. While that may sound great if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s actually bad news for your skin. When salt removes moisture from your face, you start producing excess oil (also known as sebum) in order to help keep moisture in. Excess sebum can clog pores, leading to acne.