We are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. However, when nature does its cause and aging slowly creeps in, our skin changes. One of the noticeable signs of aging is wrinkles. Wrinkles are often associated with aging, as one says, “Wrinkles are the scars of time”.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. It is due to the deterioration of the elastic tissue network in the skin, including slowdown of skin cell regeneration, drop in skin hydration and collagen production, plus accumulation of damaged tissues. The skin becomes looser, excessive, and loses the ability to snap back to its original state after being deformed.
Wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors:
- Age. As we grow older, our skin gets thinner, less elastic and more fragile. Decreased oil production under the deeper layers of our skin will also make it appear more wrinkled.
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation will speed up the natural aging process, and is the primary cause of early wrinkle formation.
- Smoking. Similar to UV radiation, smoking can speed up the normal aging process of the skin, contributing to wrinkles.
- Repeated facial expressions. Repeated smiling or squinting will lead to lines and wrinkles as skin ages, as flexibility and elasticity of the skin decrease, therefore it no longer able to spring back in place.
Although we could not reverse the process of aging, there are ways to make the most of your skin appearance. Protect your skin from the sun, drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, quit smoking, eat a healthy diet and supplement with skin supporting nutrients for skin health.