Wrinkles: Causes and Prevention
Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the aging process. It is also one of the clearest signs that you are aging. Many people, especially women, fear getting all old and wrinkly, as the skin starts to lose suppleness and elasticity. In this article, we’re going to explain all you need to know about wrinkles, from the science behind how wrinkles form to the causes of wrinkles, myths about wrinkles, and of course, how to prevent the onset of wrinkles too early on.
What are Wrinkles?
First, let’s answer the foremost question: what exactly are wrinkles? Are they the same as fine lines?
By definition, wrinkles are creases, folds, and ridges that form in the skin. Wrinkles can form naturally when you scrunch your face when making various facial expressions. And in terms of aging, they form when the skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity. Let’s get into how wrinkles form when the skin ages.
How are Wrinkles Formed?
The skin ages through a number of cumulative processes that occur naturally as the body grows older. There are 1) internal aging processes and 2) external aging processes. The internal aging process happens naturally regardless of what you do. We don’t have control over this process. After you turn twenty, collagen production in the dermis decreases year-on-year by 1%. As collagen production slows down, collagen and elastin fibers start to become thicker, clumpier, and looser. This leads to the skin becoming 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 wrinkles.
But wrinkles don’t just appear when your skin gets older with age. In fact, wrinkles have their beginning from your childhood and younger years. Whenever you make facial expressions (smiling, laughing, frowning, crying, squinting, and so on), fine lines begin to develop in your skin. Due to your youth and hence the abundance of collagen and fats, this allows the skin to spring back to normal, which is why wrinkles and lines do not show on young people. However, as you grow older and the skin loses this property of elasticity, that is how wrinkles begin to become more pronounced. The lines in your skin are unable to bounce back the way it did when you were young, and that is how permanent grooves in the skin form.
However, there is also an external aging process, and this is the process we have more control over, which is both a good and a bad thing. External aging occurs due to environmental factors that are damaging 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.
Myths About Wrinkles
There are a number of myths about wrinkles that contribute to the reasons why wrinkles are so feared. So here are 4 common myths about wrinkles debunked:
1. Wrinkles are genetic
Wrinkles are not genetic, it is a natural process that occurs to everyone. If your parents happen to have deep wrinkles and you feel like you are seeing the onset of similar wrinkles, it is probably from some external reason such as too much sun exposure. Wrinkles will inevitably appear no matter your genetics.
2. There is one perfect anti-aging skincare regime that will prevent you from aging
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 intrinsic aging process that affects us all.
3. The most effective wrinkle prevention is expensive treatments
Laser treatments, dermal filler, fancy products that all promise to get rid of wrinkles… Firstly, you can’t get rid of wrinkles entirely so don’t expect your products and procedures to do that. They can only delay the inevitable. However, the best wrinkle prevention starts early on in your life by taking good care of your skin. We will elaborate on how to prevent wrinkles later on.
4. Moisturiser will prevent wrinkles
While it’s true that a loss of moisture in the skin is a large part of why skin becomes dry and brittle, which leads to wrinkles, it isn’t accurate either to assume that moisturizing like crazy will get rid of wrinkles. Moisturiser may be able to reduce the look and appearance of wrinkles, but it is not a quick fix to get rid of wrinkles.
How to Prevent Wrinkles
If this is all starting to sound pretty pessimistic, here’s the good news: you can delay the onset of wrinkles by taking preventive measures early on! Anti-aging skincare routines shouldn’t start when you’re in your mid-thirties and realize your skin is getting sallow or when you’ve already started seeing wrinkles. Anti-aging is a routine you should actively incorporate into your everyday life from a young age. Once you pass 20, you should start paying more attention to how much time you spend in the sun, how you’re moisturizing and kick nasty habits like smoking which contribute to premature aging.
Here are a few ways you can combat wrinkles!
1. For all ages… Use sun protection at all times!
The sun is definitely one of the biggest culprits in causing premature aging. Exposure to UV rays is what leads to sunspots, discoloration, moles, and potentially even skin cancer. If you are someone who likes to suntan, chances are you will definitely experience prematurely aged skin. The sun is hottest between 10 am to 4 pm, so it is best to stay out of it during this time, and wear a hat or carry an umbrella when you do go out. And of course, cultivate a habit of wearing SPF daily even if you aren’t going to be in the sun. An SPF of 30 is recommended, and be sure to check the label to see if it offers both UVA and UVB protection to make sure your skin doesn’t burn or suffer photoaging.
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An organic sunscreen that moisturizes and treats aging skin, it protects against harmful ultraviolet rays and has SPF 50+. Plus, it will reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
2. For all ages… Start by boosting your skin’s moisture with moisturizers and retinoids
Take active steps to preserve your skin’s youthfulness by moisturizing, adding serums, and incorporating retinoids. Incorporate serums to boost your skin’s moisture and hydration. Serums with vitamin A and vitamin C are the most helpful in anti-aging, as these have antioxidant properties to fight free radicals, and also help to stimulate collagen production. Even if you’re in your twenties, you can start using eye cream to prevent crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes from forming too early.
Made with ingredients that stimulate live cells and skin repair, this serum restores your skin to its original glow as well as renews your complexion by increasing collagen production.
Containing the vitality of Narcissus Water, this emulsion works to make the skin glow and hydrated. It glides over the skin smoothly and fills in wrinkles and pores for a supple skin.
3. For mature skin… try dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are best for more mature women who have already begun to see wrinkles in their skin. Fillers help to combat the fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging by injecting a material into the areas with lines. Some of the common areas to get a dermal filler are the lines extending from your nose to your mouth (the smile lines), and another pair that go from the sides of your mouth to the skin, known as marionette lines. A dermatologist or aesthetician will inject hyaluronic acid into these folds to plump the area and reduce the look of prominent lines. These fillers can last for up to 6 months and will wear off eventually so you will need to get touch-ups. If you are looking for something less invasive, you can check out SBLA Beauty’s Facial Instant Sculpting Wand instead.
The first revolutionary, non-invasive solution that targets the most visible areas of the face prone to aging: the eyes, brows, forehead, lips, cheekbones, and the nasolabial folds lines.
This beauty roller has a deep kneading action that firms and tone the skin. Fitting exactly to the contour of the face, it lifts and leaves the skin looking more radiant than before.
Made of 100% real quartz, this crystal roller has a unique crystalline lattice that drives healing ions into cells and reduces wrinkles and puffiness; a 3-in-1 set with cleansing and toning products.
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4. For more mature skin… try chemical peels
Chemical peels do exactly as their name goes — a chemical solution is applied to the affected area. The solution dissolves the layer of dead skin and causes it to peel off, revealing a new layer of fresh, smooth skin underneath. Make sure you go to a licensed and reputable aesthetician or dermatologist for this process as it is a chemical process that can potentially be harmful to your skin if done incorrectly.
Wrinkles, while inevitable, can be delayed through a series of targeted methods and change of habits. All in all, wrinkles are a part of a natural aging process and we shouldn’t stress too much about it! Take early preventive measures from young and you will find yourself wrinkle-free for a longer time.
|1||Salameh Anti-Aging SPF 30 Moisturizer|
Lock in powerful moisture to hydrate and restore your skin's brilliance. With Zinc Oxide,this moisturizer works to protect your skin.
|2||Innisfree Anti-aging Serum Sunscreen|
An organic sunscreen that moisturizes and treats aging skin, it protects against harmful ultraviolet rays and has SPF 50+.
|3||Hera Sun Mate Excellence SPF50+|
With a powerful UV protection of SPF 50+, this sunscreen blocks out UV and UVA rays to keep your skin healthy and give you smoother skin.
|4||Salameh Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum|
Made with ingredients that stimulate live cells and skin repair, this serum restores your skin complexion to its original glow.
|5||Hera Signia Anti-aging Moisturizing Emulsion|
Containing the vitality of Narcissus Water, this emulsion works to make the skin glow and hydrated. It glides over the skin smoothly.
|6||JM Solution Luminous Eye Patch|
A marine complex eye patch that will give your skin a clear look, it is infused with pearl extract to nourish your under-eye zone.
|7||SBLA Beauty Facial Instant Sculpting Wand|
The first revolutionary, non-invasive solution that targets the most visible areas of the face prone to aging like the eyes.
|8||Skin Gym Facial Roller Face Sculptor Massage|
This beauty roller has a deep kneading action that firms and tone the skin. Fitting exactly to the contour of the face, it lifts.
|9||Original Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set|
Made of 100% real quartz, this crystal roller has a unique crystalline lattice that drives healing ions and reduces wrinkles.
|10||SBLA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand|
The first revolutionary, non-invasive solution that works within minutes to safely and effectively sculpt the neck, chin, jawline.