Some of the leading causes of wrinkles include UV exposure, skin dryness and the loss of collagen and elasticity that come with age. These factors can be mitigated with proper skincare.
A decline in skin elasticity due to aging
We have the best skin when we’re in our twenties. Thereafter, the underlying dermis layers start to thin and lose their elasticity as we age. This is the natural process of aging, where less skin cells are created and renewed. It is also the time when the skin’s production of elastin and collagen – the proteins help maintain skin elasticity and firmness – decreases. This translates to skin that is less supple and firm, and therefore more likely to wrinkle or cause fine lines.
Exposure to harmful UV rays
(an underrated danger)
Don’t be mistaken into thinking that tanning is the cause of dark spots. In fact, the ultraviolet A (UVA) component of UV rays penetrates deep into the dermis layers and over time, destroys elastin and collagen, causing premature aging, wrinkles, and saggy skin.
Force of habit facial expressions
Look in a mirror while you make an expression that involves contorting your facial features, such as a smile, frown, or a wide-eyed stare of shock or surprise. These typical expressions are used to convey our emotions, whether consciously or unconsciously. It is precisely this repetition of habitual expressions that is the starting point of wrinkle formation.
Dryness-induced skin aging
When your skin is dry and not sufficiently moisturised, not only are the skin’s protective functions reduced, wrinkles become noticeably visible too. Such a state of aging dry skin renders the skin more susceptible to damage, negative complications and further aggravates the problem of premature aging