WRINKLES, AN UNINVITED GUEST
Wrinkles are something most people are familiar with, though the majority doesn’t enjoy having them.
These creases, folds and ridges in the skin are primarily related to ageing and getting older, but they also appear because of sun exposure, facial expressions, smoking, dehydration, genes, some medications and environmental factors.
Wrinkles are so hated that billions are spent globally on ways to prevent or remove them. And while some treatments are successful, some show little to no results. In order to avoid falling for one of these therapies that won’t work on your skin, keep reading to get to know the nature of wrinkles better.
As the skin gets older, it also gets thinner, less elastic, drier and unable to protect itself. This is the main cause for wrinkles and fine lines to appear. Furthermore, the way your skin was treated during your younger years affects a great deal the appearance of early wrinkles.
Every time people remind you to wear sunscreen, it is because the care about you. Sun exposure is the main reason you might get wrinkles at an early age. Being under ultraviolet (UV) light when sunbathing, tanning, or just by being outdoor without protection, increases your chances of getting wrinkles.
Under the surface of the skin there are elastin fibres that form the skin’s connective tissue. Breaking this down would cause the skin to become less flexible and weaker. And this is exactly what UV light does, it breaks the collagen and the fibres in the skin.
Avoiding this is really easy, it can be done by wearing sunscreen everyday and covering the skin with clothes or hats.
According to studies, each time a facial muscle is used, a groove forms under the skin.
Facial expressions, like frowning, squinting or smiling repeatedly, can lead to fine lines. This is because skin springs back when a person is young, but this action becomes harder as the skin looses flexibility, making older skin get more permanent grooves.
Smoking regularly is one of the causes of skin ageing, as it reduces the blood supplies to the skin. Drinking alcohol also brings consequences, it dehydrates the skin, making it more likely to wrinkle.