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What Causes Wrinkles and How Can You Prevent Them

Discover what causes wrinkles to ensure a healthy lifestyle and attitude toward growing old.

Wrinkles are a natural part of growing older. Still, a lot of people fight their wrinkles with topical creams, injections, and surgeries. However, knowing what exactly causes wrinkles can help you treat and prevent them better.

What Are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are creases, ridges, and folds in your skin. Usually, they’ll first appear on your face, but they can also happen on other parts of your body. 

The exact cause of wrinkles is that your skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity over time. While it’s a natural process, certain actions and situations can make wrinkles appear earlier. 

7 Most Common Causes of Wrinkles

While there are various reasons for aging, these 7 are undoubtedly the most common. Learn what causes wrinkles to find out how you can prevent premature aging. 

1. Aging

All living beings experience aging. It’s a privilege in many ways. However, aging is the most common cause of wrinkles too.

The reason aging people acquire wrinkles comes down to a decline in our cellular activity. By our mid to late 20s, we start to experience loss of collagen of skin and lips. Additionally, our cell turnover rate slows down and our capacity to repair damages also declines. 

The results are thinner skin, sagging, dull complexion, fine lines, less luminosity, drier skin, and overall less resilience. All of which cause wrinkles. How much and how fast you get wrinkles due to aging depends on genetic factors.

While we can’t stop aging itself, we can definitely age gracefully. A personalized skin care routine, healthy lifestyle, and balanced mindset towards aging can help your mental health and your skin at the same time.

2. Hormonal Changes

A common cause of wrinkles that not many think about is hormonal changes. Fluctuations in hormones during puberty, adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause can impact the elasticity of your skin. 

A myriad of hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid hormone, insulin, and cortisol all affect our skin. 

For example, cortisol, a hormone triggered by stress, irregular sleep, or poor diet, speeds up the aging of the skin by increasing cellular damage via free radical oxidative stress.

While a lot of hormonal changes happen as a natural result of aging, we can mitigate their effect on our skin with healthy lifestyle choices. Eating a well-balanced diet, meditation, and using the right sunscreens can help control your hormonal imbalances.

3. Sun Damage

Sun exposure is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles. And it’s also the most easily preventable.

The UV rays of the sun damage the DNA of our skin. A tan or a sunburn is the least of your worries when it comes to sun poisoning. Sun damage is also the number one cause of skin cancer.   

Wrinkles aren’t the only effect of the sun on our skin. The risk of increased signs of aging, uneven skin tones, age spots, and loss of elasticity are also high after sun exposure.

The best and easiest way to prevent sun damage on your skin is to use sunscreen. SPF 15 and above should protect your skin well. Wearing a hat, scarf, and sunglasses are also sun-smart lifestyle choices.

Sun damage is a leading cause of wrinkles.

4. Muscle Use

There are 42 individual muscles on your face underneath your skin. Every time a thought crosses your mind, your body responds with a small (or large) facial expression. And this doesn’t just affect your muscles, but also everything above them.

Talking and expressing emotions can also cause wrinkles. These are called dynamic wrinkles.

Unless you completely avoid smiling, you can’t reasonably prevent or avoid wrinkles caused by facial expressions. However, injecting neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or Jeuveau can help ease these dynamic wrinkles. 

Additionally, you can reinforce the skin’s strength and improve its elasticity using a combination of medical-grade skin care personalized for unique skin needs.

5. Free Radicals

Environmental pollution, smoking, and sun damage generate free radicals. These types of particulate air matters can increase the signs of aging and cause wrinkles long term. Those who live in the city are more likely to come in contact with free radicals than those in the country.

We have seen examples of this phenomenon in twin studies, where the twin with a healthier lifestyle looks more youthful than their counterpart, even though they were born with identical genetic makeup. 

Environmental awareness is crucial when it comes to protecting your skin against free radicals. The importance of sunscreen can never be understated. Staying away from smoke, smoking, exhaust fumes, and alcohol can also help you avoid wrinkles.

6. Gravity

Gravity is the downward force that pulls your body towards the center of the earth. Similar to muscle use, it’s mechanical stress that contributes to wrinkles and folds.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about gravitational forces on Earth. However, a medical-grade skincare routine can help maintain the elasticity of your skin. And that will make it less prone to sagging and wrinkling due to gravity.

7. Smoking

The free radicals from smoking can already cause wrinkles. However, inhaling the smoke can also result in increased signs of aging. Nicotine closes your blood vessels, limiting blood flow to your skin that’s necessary to keep it well oxidized.

Smoking isn’t just harmful to your skin. It’s bad for your dental health, your lungs, and even your brain. To protect your overall health, giving up smoking is a good lifestyle choice.

8. Dry Skin

Does dry skin really cause wrinkles? This common misconception certainly helps sell moisturizer. However, despite how dry skin looks more wrinkly than well-hydrated skin, dry skin does not cause wrinkles.

With that being said, dry skin does carry other risks to your skin barrier’s health. Moisturizing often can help alleviate dry skin and restore its glow. As an added benefit, well-moisturized skin is also well-protected against early-onset wrinkles.

Having the right attitude to aging prevents wrinkles better than you think.

How to Stop or Prevent Wrinkles

Just like you can’t stop aging, you can’t stop the appearance of wrinkles. But, certain lifestyle changes and products can keep your health and skin in its best condition, so the wrinkles appear later in life.

  1. Eat a healthy diet: A well-balanced healthy diet is most crucial for your skin’s glow. Drinking plenty of water every day can also delay wrinkles.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day: Protect your skin against the sun’s aging rays by wearing sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy days.
  3. Commit to a skin care routine: Using the right products for your skin type can help balance and restore the natural glow of your skin, making it appear younger than your years.
  4. Try fillers: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are common types of fillers you can get at a certified dermatologist. These can reduce the appearance of wrinkles effectively if applied correctly.
  5. Quit smoking: If you’re a smoker and you’re worried about wrinkles, it’s time to quit. It may be a difficult step, but your body will thank you.
  6. Age with grace: Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to wrinkles. You have to come to terms with the fact that aging is a natural part of life. When it’s time, wear your wrinkles with pride. There’s no shame in them, as they’re a natural part of your life story.

Find the Best Products for You Against Wrinkles

Keeping your skin healthy isn’t just good for your look. It’s also good for your body and soul. That’s why finding the right products for your skin type is crucial for success. Yet, with all the different skincare brands and creams on the market, it’s a difficult task.

Your BIALife mentor can help you discover the products that will truly make a difference to your skin. Personalized recommendations by board-certified dermatologists can help you prevent and delay wrinkles the best.

To start your journey to discover the best skin care routine for you, become a BIALife member today!

With love, Janelle & Shasa

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