What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles, for the most part, are a natural consequence of getting older—your skin gets thinner and more worn, and wrinkles become more prominent.
If you’ve noticed that most of your wrinkles are around your eyes, between your brows, on your forehead, and near your mouth, this is because wrinkles are also cause by repeated facial expressions.
The other common causes of wrinkles are sun damage and smoking, since both of these things speed up the aging process and harm your health and your skin.
What can prevent wrinkles?
Wrinkles are perfectly natural, and you can’t completely avoid them, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep your skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible.
- Start by avoiding sun damage since it is one of the worst things for your skin. Sun damage can cause cancer, discoloration, wrinkles, and toughness. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen when you go outside and wearing clothing that covers your skin. Remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day—especially if you’re playing in the water or in an area with a high elevation.
- Stress can also make it easier for wrinkles to develop. Keep your stress levels low by exercising regularly, spending time doing things you enjoy, and meeting your deadlines.
- Take care of your skin while you’re still young. Apply a daily moisturizer each morning and start using retinol cream at night in your mid twenties (if not sooner). Be sure to pay attention to your neck as well as your face.
Can you reduce the appearance of wrinkles?
While some wrinkles can’t be avoided, there are plenty of ways to reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles.
Common treatments include Botox injections, and laser skin resurfacing.
Botox injections work by temporarily weakening muscles in the target area. This is a particularly useful treatment for wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Botox is often used to treat wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows.
Laser skin resurfacing is a good option for those who want subtle results that will appear gradually. This procedure is minimally invasive and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the tone of your skin over time.
To learn more about these treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Trussler.