Debunking Common Wrinkles Myths
Everyone wants to prevent wrinkles for as long as possible. The moment we see our first wrinkle in the mirror, all sorts of ideas start forming in our heads. Stop smiling so much so you don’t get crow’s feet. Try not to make facial expressions when something happens. My genetics must be to blame for why my wrinkles are setting in so early.
While wrinkles are annoying, there’s no need to start going around looking like a robot because you’re afraid to create more wrinkles. Wrinkles are just a natural part of our life as we age, and there’s no need to start taking such extreme actions to try and prevent them since wrinkles are largely unpreventable. You can delay them, but total prevention is pretty much impossible. Still not convinced? Let’s get into the science behind wrinkles first, before we start to delve into some common myths about wrinkles!
How are Wrinkles Actually Formed?
What are wrinkles exactly? Wrinkles are basically fine lines and grooves in your face that start to become deeper and more prominent with age. The increased prominence is due to the thinning and loss of elasticity in the skin as you mature with age.
Actually, wrinkles are formed not just when you are old, but the types of wrinkles you develop have their roots in your childhood and much younger years. Whenever you make any facial expression, fine lines will develop on your skin. In our youth, we have an abundance of collagen and fats, and hence the skin has the flexibility to spring back to normal after you make a face, which is why wrinkles and lines do not show on young people and children. However, as you grow older the skin loses this property of elasticity, causing wrinkles to become more pronounced. The creases in your skin no longer have the elasticity and springiness to bounce back the way it did when you were young, which is how these permanent grooves in the skin form.
The skin ages through natural processes that occur as the body matures. There are both internal and external aging processes that happen in the skin. Internal aging happens regardless of what you do. Collagen production in the dermis decreases year-on-year after you turn twenty, and it ceases after forty. As collagen production slows down, collagen and elastin fibers also start to become thicker, clumpier, and looser which is how the skin becomes inelastic and brittle. The thinning of skin occurs as the fat cells in the subcutaneous layer shrink. The combination of thinning skin with a loss of elasticity results in the permanence of wrinkles. The external aging process occurs due to environmental factors damage to the skin and is caused by free radicals that pull electrons from molecules in the skin, resulting in biological alterations to the cells. Skin proteins are damaged and as a result, skin becomes more brittle and less elastic. The biggest culprits of external skin damage are UV exposure (sun exposure) and smoking. These exacerbate the rate of wrinkle formation and skin aging.
The types of facial expressions you make frequently in your everyday life also make a difference in where and what type of wrinkles will form. If your disposition is to be smiley and happy you will probably develop crow’s feet and laugh lines as these are the natural areas of creasing when you smile or laugh. On the contrary, if your natural disposition is to frown a little, you will probably develop the eleven wrinkles between the brows, and lip lines that run vertically down the sides of your lips due to the downturned motion of your mouth.
Myths About Wrinkles Debunked
Now that we know how wrinkles are formed, let’s take a look at some common wrinkle myths and get to the bottom of them!
Wrinkle Myth #1: Wrinkles are genetically-inherited
Not true, as you have seen from above, wrinkles are a natural process and anybody can get wrinkles. Your parents and genetics have no part to play in the wrinkle formation process. Even if you remember your parents developing wrinkles earlier on in their life, that’s probably due to external environmental factors rather than genetics. The good news from this is that since it isn’t genetic, you have more control over when and how you will develop wrinkles! If wrinkles really were genetic, it would mean we have much less control over how early they form. Since hereditary factors have no roles in wrinkle formation, we can hence prevent wrinkles from forming too early by making sure we take care of our skin from a young age.
Wrinkle Myth #2: There is an ideal anti-aging skincare routine that will prevent me from getting wrinkles completely
There is no one perfect solution to aging. Aging will happen to you no matter how many serums you use, how many lasers you undergo, and how much dermal filler you get. You can’t avoid wrinkles simply because you can’t avoid the internal aging process that affects us all. You aren’t missing out on some fancy anti-aging product that is guaranteed to get rid of wrinkles. What’s more, the products that will work on your skin are entirely up to your skin’s composition and condition! Everyone’s skin is different and hence it takes some trying and recalibrating to figure out what works best for you. The best advice is to see a dermatologist who can diagnose your skin and recommend the best solutions. Don’t rely on fancy advertising and skincare brands promising to deliver the best anti-wrinkle solution. Getting professional advice is always the best step!
Wrinkle Myth #3: Only Expensive Wrinkle Treatments Work
While it is technically true that the most effective methods to reduce the look of wrinkles are Botox, chemical peels, and dermal fillers, prevention is the best way to avoid having too many prominent wrinkles too early! If you are still young, the best steps to take are to stay out of the sun as much as possible, wear sunscreen with a minimal SPF of 30 and broad-spectrum every time you are under the sun, don’t pick up smoking, and start using retinols and serums early on. These are the best ways you can prevent wrinkle formation too early. It is much harder to reduce the look of wrinkles when they have already set in, by that time cosmetic procedures are indeed the most effective but you can also consider topical treatments from dermatologists first.
Wrinkle Myth #4: If I Moisturise More, My Wrinkles will Disappear
Yes, it is true that wrinkles form due to drier, thinner skin with less elasticity, but it is also not accurate to say that moisturizing will definitely lead to reduced wrinkles. Moisturiser adds plumpness to the skin by hydrating it by trapping water in the skin cells. However, it will not get rid of or reduce wrinkles. While definitely important for generally keeping the skin hydrated, moisturizer should not be your go-to product for combating wrinkles. Start moisturizing when you are young, and use more potent serums to trap the moisture better. This will definitely help with avoiding early wrinkles.
So there we have it! 4 common wrinkle myths debunked, and now you also know how wrinkles are formed! Remember that wrinkle formation starts from young and wrinkle prevention does too, so start wearing sunscreen and moisturizing before it’s too late!