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In our youth, we focus on controlling oiliness to prevent breakouts and acne. As we age, our focus switches to another undesirable skin condition: wrinkles.

Everyone is at high risk for eventually developing all types of wrinkles: crow’s feet, smile lines, forehead wrinkles, lip wrinkles, you name it. Wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging may seem to appear overnight. It may catch you off guard. Maybe you never thought the effects of aging would catch up with you so quickly. Then you stopped and took a good look in the mirror, noticing more skin imperfections than ever before.

Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but there are specific steps you can take to avoid premature aging. In this article, we will explain how and why wrinkles form, along with prevention measures you can take to care for your skin today, so it remains as healthy as possible in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but there are specific steps you can take to avoid premature aging. 
  • Wrinkle formation occurs in stages, usually starting in your twenties and deepening in your thirties and forties.
  • The top causes of wrinkles include repeated facial movements, sun damage, smoking, smog, and natural aging.
  • You can help prevent deep wrinkle formation by stopping age-promoting habits, changing your diet, getting enough sleep, and following the proper skincare routine.

How Does Skin Become Wrinkled?

Wrinkle formation occurs in stages. It usually begins in your twenties – when you start developing temporary wrinkles in areas of repeated facial movement. These wrinkles generally disappear as you relax your muscles. In your thirties, the lines may remain more visible, even when your facial muscles are relaxed. They become more permanent and noticeable as you age.

Do not ignore early signs of aging – even if you are in your twenties or younger. Never take your skin for granted, either. The earlier signs of aging start to appear, the greater they tend to deepen over time. If you have wrinkled skin, make a habit of taking measures to prevent lines from deepening (covered in a later section).

 

Comparison of young skin versus aging skin

 

Here are some of the top causes of skin aging:

  • Age: Your skin will naturally age as you do, losing its elasticity and collagen. As you age, your skin produces less oil, leaving it drier and more prone to wrinkling. Fat also begins to diminish, leading to looser skin and sagging. 
  • Facial movements: Repeating facial gestures and expressions can lead to wrinkles and fine lines. As your skin ages, it starts losing its ability to bounce back. As grooves form beneath the skin’s surface, wrinkles can become permanent.
  • Sun damage: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can expedite the aging process by breaking down the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, which causes the skin to lose its flexibility and strength.
  • Smoking and smog: Smoking and pollution can also speed up the aging process and contribute to wrinkling by affecting collagen synthesis in the skin.

How to Prevent or Treat Wrinkles

Aging can creep up on you. You may notice fine lines beginning to form on your forehead or between your brows. Maybe your jawline or neck is starting to sag. Here are several tips to help keep the wrinkles at bay. Following these steps will help you treat dry skin and prevent deeper wrinkles from forming. 

To avoid becoming overwhelmed, focus on making one change at a time until it becomes a habit. Then you can gradually begin incorporating each healthy practice to reap the maximum benefits. 

  • Stop age-promoting habits like smoking and basking in the sun for long hours. Lighter skin may be more prone to aging as it is exposed to harmful UV rays, making it imperative to stay out of the sun as much as possible or protect your skin whenever it is exposed.
  • Try exopolysaccharide to repair damage caused by harmful gas emissions. This natural ingredient can help stimulate the production of lipids, filaggrin, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Consider switching to a minimal skincare routine to alleviate the problems you are currently facing.
  • Wash your face at least twice a day using water or a gentle cleanser. Also, wash your skin after sweating. Sweat can irritate and damage the skin over time.
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent squinting and to minimize the formation of eye wrinkles.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to block UVA and UVB rays and avoid premature aging.
  • Choose the right skincare products for your distinct skin type.
  • Incorporate antioxidants into your daily skincare routine. Plant extracts, vitamins, flavonoids, and carotenoids may possess potent antioxidants that help prolong youthful-looking skin. 
  • Moisturize your skin and pay attention to your skin pH, which may range anywhere from 4.0 to 7.0.
  • Choose an antioxidant-rich diet to help fight and neutralize free radicals, protecting the skin against aging. Pomegranates, berries, pecans, kale, spinach, and beans are a few foods that are high in antioxidants.
  • Get enough sleep. A poor night’s sleep may cause paler skin, wrinkles, and fine lines, hanging eyelids, and dark undereye circles. Your body – including the brain, muscles, and epidermis – repairs itself while you sleep. Blood flow also increases and your skin works to repair sun damage and rebuild collagen.
  • Drink less alcohol, which dehydrates the skin.

 

Graphic of skin cross-section showing collagen and fat cell levels

Your Skin’s Future is Up to You

If you are struggling to develop an effective skincare routine and want advice on which products and techniques to use for your skin type, we are always here to help. You can sign up for our newsletter for weekly skincare advice – customized for your distinct skin type.

Snowperk iD™ will also provide you with personalized recommendations to optimize your morning and evening skincare routines. After you take our free assessment, we will share helpful content to give you more insight into how your skin works and how to properly care for it. With dedication, the proper diet, and high-quality products, you can help your skin look and feel its best.

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