What causes wrinkles? It’s a matter that comes to the spirit of almost every woman as she gets older. Gradually those wrinkles form on the face. There’s the fine lines around the eyes, the crows feet, and the mouth, the sagging skin.
And her skin just does not look like it used to. Wehn she was young there were no wrinkles on her face, and if she pinched some skin, any skin, not just on her face, and pulled it snapped back into place.
Unfortunately all that advice applies to wrinkles, or more generally applies to our skin. If we’re unhealthy, because we have failed to follow the advice about staying healthy, then our skin is unhealthy. It’s all connected. As our bodies become unhealthy our skin is too, because it was just another organ in our body. You cannot be fat, unfit, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and expect your skin to glow with health and look like you are twenty years younger.
Smoking is another factor in increasing the probability of a person having premature wrinkles and deep-set wrinkles. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin, and limits the oxygen in the blood. Without sufficient oxygen and essential nutrients the skin wrinkles. The skin’s elasticity is diminished and the skin sags and wrinkles. The skin no longer has enough life to spring back and deep furrows become noticable.
The skin’s loses its elastin and collagen fibers. These serve as the backbone for the skin’s surface layers. Smoking also reduces the amount of estrogen in women and this causes dryness and premature wrinkles. Smoking attacks the skin’s ability to battle the deadly free-radicals in tobacco smoke.
Sorry for the bad news. And the same is true for exercise. Exercise is good for us generally, and good for our skin. If we exercise we make our blood circulate well. Good blood circulation is essential for great skin health. And poor skin health will contribute towards the formation of wrinkles.
And there are poor general health, 2 more lifestyle factors that contribute to poor skin health, and the formation of early signs of skin aging like wrinkles. Smoking, and sunburn. Do either, or both, of these things and you have damaged your skin, and this will also assist to early formation of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. Like age spots for example.
But even with attention to great overall health we still cannot avoid skin aging. As we age our skin loses some of it’s essential components, like collagen, skin, and elastin thickness. This is all a normal function of skin aging. You cannot stop it happening. But you can do something about it.