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What Causes Wrinkles & How to Prevent Them

Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin aren’t words we like to think about the older we get. As we age, our skin starts to naturally lose its elasticity and collagen, leading to these things. Wrinkles typically appear on the face, neck, and hands, and there is no specific age when they begin to form. For some, the appearance of wrinkles can begin as early as in their twenties, while for others, it could happen much later in life. However, many factors can speed up aging and cause wrinkles and fine lines to develop earlier. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to take the right steps to keep your skin healthy and avoid elements that can damage it.

The leading cause of wrinkles is exposure to UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation expedites the aging process, particularly those with a paler and more sensitive skin complexion. For those of us who live on the coast, this may mean wrinkles begin to appear sooner than those who don’t spend as much time in the sun. The easiest way to prevent wrinkles caused by overexposure to sunlight is to take the proper precautions when outside. 

Always wear sunscreen when you spend time in the sun. This is one of the easiest ways to help protect your skin from sun damage. We recommend using sunscreen with at least SPF 30. If you’re fair skinned, you will probably need something with a higher SPF.

In addition to sunscreen, try to limit the time you spend in sunlight, particularly during midday. This time frame is when you are most vulnerable to the sun’s rays. If you are outside during this time, wear hats, sunglasses, and other coverings. 

Even after you’ve been in the sun, there are ways to look after your skin. Moisturizing daily is another easy way to keep your skin healthy. Dry skin can lead to untimely wrinkles and lines, so it’s essential to keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer. This traps moisture into the skin and keeps it from drying out. Regularly using a moisturizer can help prevent your skin from premature wrinkles. Be sure to make this a part of your everyday skincare routine. If you’re not sure which moisturizer is right for you, schedule a complimentary aesthetic consultation, and we can determine the products best suited for your skin. 

Another way to keep yourself and skin hydrated is by ensuring you are getting a diet that includes the proper nutrition. Foods such as fruits and veggies can help keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Additionally, try to maximize your water intake to the proper amount for your age and body size. Hydrating your body from the inside will in turn be reflected on the outside.

The ugly truth is that wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of life. Your skin’s appearance is heavily based on your genetics. Your genealogy is what typically determines your skin complexion and structure. However, other elements can influence the texture of your skin. If you take the right precautions to protect and nourish your skin, you can off-balance early aging and wrinkles and maintain a healthy glow. You can’t change your genetics, but you can do your best to protect your skin.

Questions or concerns about your skin? Give us a call at 228-332-3111 to schedule your complimentary aesthetic appointment!