What Really Causes Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are ridges, creases and folds in the skin that act as the face’s way of showing our frequently used facial expressions. As the body ages, skin loses its elasticity and becomes more fragile. Wrinkles commonly occur as a result of sun damage, smoking, stress, dehydration and not removing makeup. Even some medications can aid in the production of wrinkles.

Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) can speed up the natural aging process and is the primary cause of forming wrinkles at a young age. The UV light diminishes the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin and results in weak, loose skin. This ultimately causes skin to sag and wrinkles to form. Even a few minutes in the sun without sunscreen can break down collagen that’s needed to help skin remain firm and protected.

Consuming unhealthy foods is another contributing factor to the production of wrinkles. The less protein consumed, the less collagen is built by the skin to sustain elasticity. Consuming unnecessary amounts of sugar and fatty foods also contributes to weight gain that causes the skin to stretch.

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