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What Causes Wrinkles?
It’s important to understand the cause of your wrinkles to narrow down the right skin treatment for you. Wrinkles typically happen with age because your skin cell division slows and the inner layer of your skin begins to thin. This thinning leads to loose, weakened skin which is susceptible to wrinkles. Your skin also has difficulty retaining moisture, producing oil and healing. Aside from aging, wrinkles can arise prematurely due to one or more of these factors:
- Muscle contractions: Repeated facial expressions can eventually lead to facial lines and wrinkles. For example, smiling, squinting and frowning can cause “laugh lines,” “crow’s feet” and “frown lines.”
- Sun damage: Wrinkles caused by sun damage are somewhat avoidable. You can lower your chance of “sunspots,” and lines by avoiding direct sunlight between 10 am and 2 pm and wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
- Smoking: Smoking has detrimental effects on many aspects of your health, and this includes the state of your skin. Collagen production is restricted by smoking, which in turn, causes wrinkles.