What’s Causing My Wrinkles and How Should I Treat Them

Noticing that your face has more wrinkles and fine lines than before may give you a worrying feeling. You should not be! There are many solutions you can do to prevent or reduce these wrinkles on your face – be that crow’s feet or furrowed brows.

First of all, what causes the occurrence of wrinkles?

Wrinkles are folds, ridges, or creases in the skin. Some may become furrows or deep crevices and may specifically be obvious around the neck, eyes, and mouth. They usually appear as people age, but they can develop due to various factors as well.

Following are the common causes of wrinkles.

  1. Hereditary and Genetic Factors

Genetics play an essential role in how many wrinkles you develop and how your skin looks. Look at your parents’ skin to know the type of skin genes you have.

  1. Natural Aging

Aging is undoubtedly the primary cause of wrinkles. Although, people age differently – some can enjoy a younger-looking, smoother skin in retirement while others begin to see wrinkles prematurely.

  1. Ultraviolet (UV) Light Exposure

Too much exposure to UV can also speed up your natural aging process. Mainly because it breaks down the connective tissue (elastin and collagen fibers) of your skin. Without this connective tissue, your skin will lose its flexibility and strength. It will then start to wrinkle and sag. This is why tanning beds should be avoided and sunscreen worn outdoors.

  1. Skin Type

For instance, those with acne or oily skin may likely develop wrinkles later and age slower because it is naturally moisturized by oil or sebum. While people with sensitive or dry skin may potentially develop wrinkles sooner and age quicker because of the skin’s tendency to crack and crease easily.

  1. Smoking

Smoker’s Wrinkles as what they call it. Smoking will not only cause a yellowish hue to your face but will also make your wrinkles look darker and deeper.

  1. Stress

Stress can create inflammation inside the body, quicken aging, and increase the exposure of a person to disease.

  1. Pollution

Yes, even pollution triggers the occurrence of wrinkles. It builds more free radicals both on the skin’s surface and inside the body once you breathe in. You will age faster if you are more exposed to pollution.

  1. Repeated Facial Expressions and Movements

Smiling, frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions and movements also result in wrinkles and fine lines. A groove is created under the surface of your skin every time you use a facial muscle. And as your skin ages, it is no longer capable of springing back in place and its flexibility loosens.

  1. Poor Facial Skin Care

The skin on our face is very precious and must be treated well. Hence, it is worth investing in the best product to fight wrinkles.

  1. Bad Diet

Sugar causes body inflammation which is known to hurry up the rate at which you age. Not eating enough animal fat is another dietary factor that may result in premature aging.

Static Wrinkles vs. Dynamic Wrinkles

What’s the difference between static and dynamic wrinkles?

Dynamic wrinkles are primarily due to facial expressions including laughing, frowning, and smiling. Examples of it are also known as expression lines. These are the “11” that forms between the brows, the horizontal creases that appear on the forehead, and the crow’s feet that fold on the outside of the eyes.

On the other hand, static wrinkles are considered as the second category of creases. These are the result of the loss of skin collagen, fat, elasticity, and gravity effects. Static wrinkles are noticeable even if you’re not making any facial movement or expression. They can form all through the body and face and commonly appear as fine lines that run corresponding to each other. If not treated immediately, it will get more prominent and stronger. These permanent creases can show up on the chest as well as around the neck, lips, and cheeks.

Getting Rid of and Treating Wrinkles

Luckily, you are given many different ways to get rid and treat your wrinkles for a younger looking appearance.

  • Prevention

Protect your skin from the sun: Wear sunglasses, hats, protective clothing, and a broad-spectrum sunblock or sunscreen with SPF 30+ not only in summer but in winter as well. Also, limit the time you spend under the sun.

Quit smoking: There is still hope for you even though you have smoked heavily or for years. The chance of improving the texture and tone of your skin is still high.

Wash and exercise your face daily: Take around 3 to 5 minutes to wash your face at night. Don’t leave makeup on your face overnight. Also, exercise your face to boost its muscle strength while stimulating elastin and collagen production at the same time. You can exercise facial muscles by making faces, or attempting to raise/lower a single eyebrow.

Eat a healthy diet: Make sure your body is consuming plenty of vegetables and fruits. Don’t forget to fill your plates with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and fish that is packed with antioxidant as well.

  • Aesthetic Options

Laser therapy: Helps make your skin feel firmer and looks refreshed after the treatment. Recovery times are quicker. Although, more laser therapy treatments may be required in order to achieve more subtle results.

Botox:  Minimizes the appearance of more dynamic wrinkles and works actively to prevent more from producing. It is injected into targeted areas in small doses. Reduces lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes’, and frown lines in the forehead.

Dermabrasion: A surgical treatment process used to get rid of fine lines, moles, tattoos, scars, and acne. Dermabrasion reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines as well as gives a smoother and fresher skin look.

Chemical peels: Involves the application of the chemical solution to wrinkly facial areas, which results in the dead skin to shed and peel off.

Fillers: Injected in deeper face wrinkles. This plumps and smooths out the skin to give it more volume.

Facelift: A type of domestic surgery that helps to make people younger by removing excess facial fat and skin – with or without tightening the primary tissues. There are non-surgical facelifts available to make healing times and downtime shorter.