Wrinkles! A word we wish would never be uttered, and something we will experience sooner or later.
Well, I hate the thought of it as much as you do, but is there anything we can do about them? Indeed, there is, and this post will tell you all you should know about the different types of wrinkles. You will also find out what causes them and how to treat them.
4 Types of Wrinkles and Their Causes
1. Dynamic Expression Lines
These wrinkle lines result from movements and creases on the skin. These lines become permanent as we continue with those expressions. You find dynamic expression lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.
Laughing, squinting, frowning, and simply expressing yourself can cause these wrinkles. Unless we stop living or become expressionless, we must deal with dynamic expression lines.
So, live with it, and love it!
2. Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids
Have you noticed parallel lines on your skin that disappear when you stretch them? Your face, chest, and anywhere else can get them.
These wrinkles result from a loss of skin elasticity and collagen, and we can blame it on the sun. The UV damage from the sun breaks down our collagen, and the only way to prevent this is to use SPF sun protection on exposed skin every day!
3. Gravitational Folds
Remember gravity? Well, when your skin ages and begins to lose form, the gravitational folds are those sags that you see.
Blessed, sweet old age is the cause for this one. Our skin loses elastin and collagen with age so we get these folds.
Age with grace! And gravitational folds!
4. Permanent Elastic Creases
These wrinkles start as crease lines on our upper lips, cheeks, and necks, and they become permanent with age.
Consistent sun exposure is a primary cause, and smoking also contributes. Whether it is the purse of your lips when you drag or the smoke that exposes your skin to harmful chemicals, or even inhalation, your skin suffers.
Smokers are liable to age fast, beware!
Am I doomed to Wrinkles?
We might have some way around it, but handling wrinkles is all in the prevention and not treating. Here’s how to prevent wrinkles.
1. Eat for your skin
Think of your skin when you eat and load up on antioxidant and vitamin-rich foods, vegetables, and fruits. Feed your stomach, feed your skin!
2. Make SPF usage a daily ritual
An SPF application a day keeps UV damage away. Protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays and save some collagen and elastin while you’re at it.
Apply it generously, reapply every few hours if you spend hours outside, and purchase UVA/UVB protection with a minimum of SPF 30. Lastly, give a 15-minute window after applying before heading out.
3. Don’t skip exercise or sleep
Stress fills your body with cortisol, which can cause inflammation and break down elastin and collagen. Cortisol is to blame for your dull complexion resulting from stress.
With exercise and good sleep, cortisol becomes powerless. Exercise a few times weekly and sleep for between 6 and 8 hours.
4. These Anti-Aging Ingredients are a Must-have
Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals caused by the sun and other environmental damages. They also repair the cells and rebuild elastin and collagen
- Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid retains moisture on the surface of your skin to prevent dryness and its side effects.
Peptides are a group of amino acids that make up collagen. When you make up the collagen your body loses, you are restoring your skin’s firmness.
Say yes to peptides!
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that exfoliates the skin, removes dead cells, and allows new skin cells to grow. It also supports collagen which boosts skin firmness.
Retinol is sun-light sensitive, so take caution and use SPF. Also, your skin might need time to adjust to retinol. So, don’t dive in immediately. Use it a few times a week until your skin blends with the ingredient.