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Causes of Wrinkles and Wrinkle Prevention

Once thought of as an indicator of wisdom, today most of us do everything we can to avoid or get rid of wrinkles. Although there are some factors that we cannot control, there are some steps you can take to help protect your skin and prevent the onset of wrinkles. In this article, we’ll take a look at what factors promote wrinkles and how you can lessen your chances of developing them in the future.

As we age, our skin ages all over our bodies, but none so much as the places that are exposed to the sun the most – our faces, hands, or arms. Sun damage, or photoaging, can bring about changes such as dryness or roughness of the skin, skin growths such as keratoses (also known as liver spots), sagginess and wrinkles. Wrinkles can appear in either deep furrows or fine surface lines that are easier to remove with wrinkle creams and treatments.

Unfortunately, there are some factors that determine if we’ll have wrinkles that are out of our control. There are genetic factors, as some families simply wrinkle more than others, while those with fair skin and blue eyes are more likely to suffer from sun damage which can promote wrinkles. This doesn’t mean, however, that those with darker complexions are less likely to have wrinkles, however.

Those that spend long hours in the sun, whether because of work or a love of outdoor activities such as golf, sailing, or sun bathing, are equally susceptible to sun damage. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “safe tanning”, so sun worshippers are likely to run the risk of developing wrinkles wherever they expose their skin to the sun. Smoking can also damage the skin and lead to wrinkles.

How to Prevent Wrinkles

The best way to avoid getting wrinkles in the future is to avoid as much sun damage as possible and avoid smoking, two main causes of wrinkles. Always use a sun screen with an SPF factor of at least 15 when you are outside. It’s a good idea to use sun screen or a moisturizer with sun screen on your face everyday. Protecting your skin from the sun is the best defense against developing wrinkles as you age.

To summarize, causes of wrinkles are:

  • excessive suntanning and sun exposure
  • cigarette smoking
  • genetics – we can’t do nothing about it

How to prevent wrinkles formation:

use moisturizer with sunscreen – at least SPF 15 when you are outside
use moisturizer + sunscreen on your face on daily basis

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