Did you know that some of your habits can cause wrinkles? Most wrinkles are caused from sun, and only a small portion are caused by skin aging itself. However, habits can play a role in how you wrinkle too. We know that sun protection is the most important thing you can do to fight wrinkles. UV rays cause wrinkles when they break down the actual structure of your skin such as your collagen, elastin, and the top cell layer called the epidermis. Genetically, some people’s skin is more prone to UV damage than others, and that’s not just because of ethnicity and the amount of baseline skin pigment. Within a given skin ethnic type, there is variation in how much structural damage occurs with UV exposure. See for yourself - look at the difference between wrinkles from the sun and those from age. They are obvious when you look at the under-surface of your arm, which is sun protected, compared with the outer surface. Likewise, if you are a woman, your breast skin is typically sun protected compared with the V of your chest. Does the skin look different in those areas? Aside from not protecting your skin from the sun, what other habits can give you wrinkles?
- Squinting in the sun because you are not using your sunglasses will cause a furrow between your brow and crow’s feet.
- Taking drags on cigarettes for years causes smoker’s lines around the mouth. Smoking itself has been linked to an increase in facial wrinkles too.
- If you are a woman, sleeping on your side can create more wrinkling between your breasts over the years.
- Not using a good moisturizer and not exfoliating will cause "crinkles" to your skin's appearance, but true wrinkles are much deeper. Crinkles reverse when you use a good moisturizer and exfoliate excess dead cells off your skin's surface to give it a shiny and hydrated glow.
- Over time, repeated dominant facial expressions pulled by facial muscles will cause wrinkles – let them be smile lines and not frown lines because they are inevitable as we age.