When fine lines and wrinkles appear on your skin, they are referred to as wrinkles. For some people, wrinkles become deep crevices, sometimes referred to as furrows. They typically appear around your eyes, mouth, forehead and neck. Although it is nearly impossible to naturally erase wrinkles once they have formed, a dermatologist can help you put together a skin care plan to help you prevent your wrinkles from worsening.
Wrinkles can be described as being fine lines or delicate creases caused by sagging, thin skin, but many people who develop wrinkles look upon them as far from delicate. Typically visible on the neck, face and hands, wrinkles appear when the collagen and elastin weakens and is decreased*. Once this type of damage has occurred, skin appearance is thinner and less smooth looking. Aging skin naturally loses its elasticity and fat content. Symptoms of wrinkles skin include:
- Lined and creased skin near your eyes, lips and neck
- Sagging skin, particularly the sensitive skin around the eyes, lips and neck
- Temporary creases can become deeper and more enduring during the aging process
Sagging skin can occur from aging. It can also occur from extreme weight loss*. Loose skin is a problem for a variety of people. Sun damage, gravity and aging are contributing factors to sagging skin. Taking steps to minimize exposure to common causes can help prevent sagging skin. There are a wide range of treatment options available for sagging skin. Some solutions are more invasive, but less invasive treatments, such as topical creams and injectable fillers, are also available.
In addition to your skin losing its natural elasticity and fat content during the natural aging process, your facial muscles can also weaken with age. The older you get, the more exposure you may have to the harsh elements.
Many people think that sensitive skin is more prone to wrinkles. Let’s take a look at different types of sensitive skin. Contrary to popular belief, dry skin does not cause wrinkles. Many moisturizers claim to eliminate* fine lines and wrinkles, but adding moisture alone is not a long-term fix.
To determine if your wrinkles are caused by sun damage, use the backside test of aging. For those over the age of 35, compare parts of your body that rarely or never see the sun with parts of your body that do. Typically the parts of the body that are not in the sun will show lesser signs of aging than those that are.
Antioxidants are proven to reduce* free-radical damage while reducing* skin inflammation. Both cause collagen to break down, so when searching for a wrinkle cream that works, make sure the product has antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients and skin-repairing ingredients. In addition to using topical creams, be sure to use SPF 15 or higher every day, no matter what time of year it is.
Unfortunately many facial expressions we make can cause wrinkles. Facial expressions such as smiling, frowning or even furrowing the brow can eventually cause wrinkles. Sleep can cause wrinkles too and may deepen with time. Wrinkles on the face can also cause what is called false expressions. Wrinkles facial expressions can be misconstrued and perceived as anger or frowns. Avoiding the development of wrinkles is the best solution. Remember, habitual facial expressions cause wrinkles as your skin naturally ages.
Deep wrinkles concern many people. In addition to topical creams, more invasive procedures and taking preventative precautions, you can also do daily facial exercises to help get rid of deeply formed lines and fine wrinkles. Smoking is one of the leading causes of deep wrinkles. Not only do the chemicals in tobacco cigarettes speed up the aging process, but they also cause deep wrinkles.
The natural antioxidants in grape seed extract that help to restore your skin’s elasticity. You can check with your local health food stores to find out about other natural methods of wrinkle treatment. You can also search the Internet for facial exercises to help reduce* fine lines and wrinkles.
Wrinkles often present themselves as crinkled crosshatch marks. These types of aging marks typically show up around the eyes. These lines are sometimes called animation lines. They are a result of the movement of the lower eyelid muscles beneath the skin. Under eye wrinkles due to loose under eye skin will not likely respond to BOTOX.
There are several professional treatments for wrinkles:
- Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment
- Non-ablative Laser Treatment
- Filler Injections
In reviewing the factors that cause wrinkles, here are the things to avoid:
- Loss of elasticity
- Sun damage
- Repeated facial movements
- The natural aging process
As mentioned earlier, you can also look into natural treatments, such as facial exercises and grape seed oil. Even though wrinkles are a natural part of aging, there are many preventative measures we can take to avoid them for as long as possible.