Wrinkle Facts and Overview: Learn Everything About Wrinkles

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What are Wrinkles?

As we age, are skin begins to show fine lines, creases, folds or ridges. These visible lines are called wrinkles. They usually occur as you get older, but age is not the only thing that contributes to wrinkles. Your skin will also wrinkle temporarily after being soaked in water for a prolonged amount of time.

Although there are things you can do to prevent wrinkles from occurring, they are an inevitable part of the natural aging process. Wrinkles occur because your skin gets thinner, drier and loses its natural elasticity as you age. When this happens, your skin’s ability to protect itself is reduced. Your genetic makeup may also influence how early you will develop wrinkles and where you will develop them.

Wrinkles most commonly appear on the back of the hands, face, neck and the top of the forearms. The two main types of are surface lines and deep furrows. Some effective wrinkle treatments can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, but more aggressive techniques are required for deeper creases.

What are the Main Factors That Cause Wrinkles?

There are several factors that cause wrinkles. Sun damage, smoking, dehydration and certain medications are strong factors in the development of wrinkles. In addition to outer elements, wrinkles are just part of the normal aging process.

Smoking is thought to accelerate the aging process. This is due to the chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes along with the reduced blood supply to the skin. People with lighter skin are more sensitive to the sun’s damage and may develop wrinkles sooner than someone with darker skin.

When looking at whether or not you will develop wrinkles, look at your parents. At what age did they begin to develop wrinkles? This is a good indication of when you will start to develop fine lines and wrinkles.

Believe it or not, your hair style can also factor in wrinkle development. Certain hair styles provide a certain amount of shade to your face over others. Hats and long sleeved shirts can also help protect the body from the rays of the sun.

Your job may also be a factor. Jobs where you work outside, especially by water, can create prolonged sun exposure.

Finally, common facial expressions can also contribute to wrinkles. Repeatedly smiling, frowning or squinting can create fine lines and wrinkles.

When and Where Wrinkles Start Appearing?

It is not uncommon for people to wonder about what age they can expect to start to see wrinkles. It is more commonly a concern of women. Unfortunately, by the time many people start to think about wrinkles, some of their habits have already contributed. It is important to take care of your skin at an early age in order to help combat wrinkles.

Natural aging is also called intrinsic aging. Everyone ages and everyone will develop wrinkles at some point in their life. Wrinkles actually begin to form in the late 20s. At this point, the production of collagen begins to slow and skin elasticity begins to weaken. Wrinkles do not show immediately, so prevention is often overlooked. As time goes on, you will see certain signs of intrinsic aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, transparent or thin skin, underlying fat loss, dry and itchy skin, sagging skin, graying hair and changes to the nails.

How to Conceal Wrinkles?

For women trying to conceal the signs of aging, the most important rule is less is more. Heavy foundations and powders will create a negative look. By using lighter amounts of makeup, women can downplay their facial flaws. Heavier makeup only highlights wrinkles, which is not what we want.

Consider using a tinted moisturizer, which provides lighter coverage and doesn’t settle into the creases of your wrinkles. It also won’t cling to facial hair. Only use this type of product on the parts of your face that needs it. Choose a shade that is one to two times darker than your actual skin tone, because lighter shades will again highlight your wrinkles.

Make your eyes the focal point of your face. If you do nothing else before going outside, use a tinted moisturizer and highlight your eyes to draw attention away from other facial flaws. Your eyes should pop.

Anti-aging Tips and Secret

A good skincare regimen is important, no matter what your age. There are a few misconceptions about skincare. The first is that skincare is for women and not for men. This is simply not true. Men need to be just as conscientious about skincare as women. The second misconception is that once the wrinkles have appeared, your window for good skincare has passed. It is true that you can’t do much to get rid of the wrinkles once they’ve appeared, but you can take measures to reducing the risk of further wrinkles appearing.

Use sunscreen when you’re planning on spending time outside. Remember that the rays of the sun can damage your skin through your car window even on cloudy days. You should cleanse, moisturize and tone your skin each morning and each night. For women, it is especially important that they do not go to bed at night with makeup on. Makeup helps protect your skin during the day, but can age your skin if worn at night.

Popular Wrinkle Creams

Consumer Reports tested seven anti-wrinkle creams, one control cream and a moisturizer with no anti-wrinkle claims. They used 79 subjects (67 women and 12 men). Each used a different product on each side of their face. The creams were applied each morning for 12 weeks. The test subjects were evaluated by six trained sensory panelists. All seven creams had little effect and they did not work on everyone. Garnier, L’Oréal Paris and Lanc?me Paris had the most positive short-term improvement. Test panelists agreed they would buy Neutrogena moisturizer as a control agent.

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