As we age, wrinkles and fine lines begin to develop. It is a natural age process where lines and creases become deep crevices on the skin. It is most prominent on the face, neck, hands, and forearms. Lifestyle choices, genetic predisposition, and sun exposure can also contribute to the volume and severity of these. Pollution and smoking can also contribute to wrinkling.
Recent studies have shown that up to 60% of the skin aging variation between individuals can be attributed to genetic factors, while the remaining 40% is due to non-genetic factors.
- Age: As one gets older, the skin loses its elasticity and gets fragile. The skin becomes thinner due to the less production of collagen and natural oils, thus causing saggy and wrinkled skin.
- Facial Expressions: Facial expressions like smiling, squinting, or frowning lead to the formation of wrinkles and creases. With younger skin, the skin bounces back to normal but when older, the skin loses its flexibility and this makes it difficult for the skin to bounce back which results in permanent results.
- Exposure to UV (Ultraviolet) Light: Ultraviolet radiation is a natural aging process that can cause premature wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down the skin’s connective tissue, commonly known as collagen and elastin fibers which lie deep beneath the skin. Due to this, the skin loses its flexibility and strength which results in the skin sagging and becoming wrinkled prematurely.
- Smoking: Tobacco smoke contains thousands of toxic chemicals that can damage the cells of your skin. The nicotine narrows the blood vessels, reducing the amount of oxygen the skin needs. According to research, people who smoke have lesser elastin fibers and collagen compared to the ones who don’t smoke. Smoking can cause deeper wrinkles on the face, especially between the eyebrows, around the eyes, and around the lips and mouth.
Even though wrinkles are inevitable as one ages, many feel self-conscious about them. Unfortunately, there is so magic cure that will keep the skin looking young forever. But there are a few steps to slow the process and prevent new ones from forming.
- Protect skin from the sun: Limit the time spent in the sun, especially during midday. You can cover your skin by wearing protective clothing, long-sleeved shirts or gloves, brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
- Wear sunscreen: When choosing skin care products, make a good choice of selecting the ones with built-in sunscreen which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Research shows that people who use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis experience 24% less skin ageing than those who use sunscreen intermittently. So, don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
- Topical Creams: Dermatologists may recommend over-the-counter or prescription creams to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-aging products might contain ingredients like retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA and BHA), and vitamins A, C & E. These help to eliminate the dead skin cells and boost skin regeneration, so one can enjoy a smoother texture.
- Moisturize: Moisturizing the skin helps to improve the appearance of the skin. It helps to hydrate, nourish and plump the skin, making the wrinkles and lines less visible. This is especially important since the skin gets drier as one gets older and with the help of the moisturizer, it temporarily helps the skin to stay hydrated.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking water is essential for good health. Water can keep the body stay hydrated on the inside and keep the skin healthy. Always drink 6 to 8 glasses a day to lead a healthy lifestyle.
- Tobacco: As described earlier, tobacco damages the collagen and elastin fibers that give the skin its elasticity and strength. When the skin doesn’t receive the oxygen it needs, it also limits the nutrients like Vitamins A, C & E, etc. Alcohol is another factor that contributes to the development of wrinkles. Hence it is better to avoid smoking and drinking than to experience premature wrinkles.
- Get Adequate Sleep: When one doesn’t get enough sleep, the body releases excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. That’s why it’s important to get enough rest which helps to keep the skin and body healthy.
- Switch your sleeping position: Some wrinkling on the face can be caused by the position that one sleeps in. It’s caused by the face pressing against the pillow, in the same way, every night. This is known as “compression.” Over time, this compression makes the skin weaker in a few places which leads to wrinkles formation. This can be prevented or slowed down by sleeping on the back.
- Regular Wash: Take time to wash the face at night at least for around three to five minutes. When one leaves makeup on the face, the skin absorbs most of it. Avoid vigorous scrubbing. Avoid over-washing the face as water might strip the natural barrier oils and moisture that protects the skin against wrinkles.
- Eat a healthy diet: Nutrition is important for health. Food rich in vitamins, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, collagen, etc. should be a must in a daily diet. Green leafy vegetables should be a mainstay in the diet as well as they are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Treatment is necessary for wrinkles as it helps one to improve their appearance. The most common age group that seeks treatment to reduce wrinkles are people between the ages of 35 to 55. This treatment helps smooth the skin and lessens the appearance of wrinkles to give a more youthful look.
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