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5 Home Treatments for Wrinkles

Goal: More Sleep, Less Stress

Here's an at-home remedy for wrinkles that may seem less attainable than a magic anti-aging pill: Reduce your wrinkles by reducing your amount of stress and increasing your amount of sleep. No problem, right?

Most adults should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. When you're asleep, your body produces human growth hormone (HGH), which is the body's own anti-aging tool. HGH helps the body maintain healthy tissues, including your skin. When you don't get enough sleep, the body responds by producing the stress hormone cortisol, and cortisol interferes with how the body is able to maintain itself. Too much cortisol, and your skin may become drier as well as more susceptible to infections, more susceptible to damage from sunlight and therefore more susceptible to wrinkles.

Top that with too much stress, and your skin also becomes thinner and weaker, a combination that is set to lose the battle against gravity.