What causes wrinkles, age spots, and aging skin?
Aging skin and wrinkles are a natural part of getting older. As we age, our skin cells stop dividing as quickly, causing the skin’s inner layer – the dermis – to thin and be less elastic. Our skin also starts to have a harder time holding onto oil and moisture. All of these situations causing wrinkles. Age spots on the other hand are typically caused by excess sun exposure.
While wrinkles and aging skin are a part of aging, there are some lifestyle habits that tend to accelerate the deterioration of your skin. These are:
- Sun damage: Too much sun exposure can damage the skin causing wrinkles, age spots, and blotches.
- Smoking: This produces free radicals which slow down your skin’s collagen production, reduce elasticity and damage the skin cell’s membranes.
- Stress: Scrunching the forehead with a frown or a scowl can cause premature wrinkles.
- Dehydration: When your skin is dry, it has a harder time repairing itself. It becomes dull and less elastic.
- Harsh beauty products: Products with alcohol and chemicals can dry up the skin. Over cleaning strips the skin of its natural oils and moisture.
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