A Wrinkle in Time

Everything You Need to Know About Wrinkles

Your skincare regimen may be the best possible strategy for keeping your skin looking young and feeling great. But we all still have some wrinkles and they continue to become more obvious as we get older. Wrinkles occur for many reasons, but their underlying cause stems from changes in the levels of collagen in the skin as we grow older.

What Causes Wrinkles?

What’s hard for many people to swallow is that wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. But many factors can contribute to wrinkles and, for most people, there are more than a few reasons their wrinkles are present. Here are some of the most common causes:

Age: Getting older is the most common reason for the development of wrinkles. Your skin becomes less elastic as you get older, making it more fragile and more likely to have a lower level of natural oils present. Deeper levels of fat also lessen. All of this leads to the development of wrinkles.

Sun exposure: Time in the sun exacerbates the formation of wrinkles. Ultraviolet radiation is the underlying cause here. It speeds up the natural aging process as it breaks down the connective tissues in your skin. Without this type of tissue present, the skin is less strong and sags. This lack of flexibility and strength can create wrinkles.

Smoking: A poor lifestyle choice like smoking can also lead to the development of wrinkles. Smoking speeds up the natural aging process in the body. It also limits the amount of oxygen-rich blood that reaches your skin’s cells, causing wrinkles to become more prominent.

Hereditary factors, the repeated facial expressions you have, and even your diet can contribute to wrinkle development. Now that you know why they are there, let’s look at what to do about them.

What Treatments Are Available for Wrinkles?

A number of options exist for treating wrinkles. But before you spend a great deal of money on any one product, consider these facts:

  • Medications such as topical retinoids and nonprescription wrinkle creams are commonly used products. These products can help to tighten up skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Surgical procedures are available as well, including laser procedures, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Botox is an injectable product that can fill in wrinkles, making them less obvious. More advanced surgical methods, such as the facelift and skin tightening procedures, can also be effective, though they can require more invasive procedures.

Consumers need to be realistic when making decisions about wrinkle treatments. While these products and treatment options can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they don’t prevent new ones and will not remove the presence of wrinkles altogether. However, they can work well to help individuals gain the confidence they need. Lifestyle changes, such as protecting the skin from UV exposure and avoiding smoking, are effective steps in slowing progression. Finally, every person’s needs and benefits will differ, so make sure you find a qualified skin care professional to help tailor treatments and procedures to meet your individual needs.