Aging Skin: Do You Look Older Than You Should?
Who in the world wants to look older than one's chronological age? Wrinkles may be the road map of life, but no one wants to read an atlas when they look in the mirror.
Keep in mind, you may be writing a few of those lines yourself. Certain habits and behaviors increase the risk of premature skin aging. Avoiding them can help keep your skin looking younger, longer.
Leading Cause of Wrinkles: Sun Exposure
A "healthy" tan is anything but. Tanning is a sign of skin damage, evidence that the sun's ultraviolet rays have penetrated and damaged the skin's support structure. Most wrinkles are caused by sun exposure throughout life -- and it's never too late to halt the process.
Another Top Cause of Wrinkles: Smoking
Early wrinkling is visible under a microscope in smokers as young as 20. The more years and packs smoked, the more likely wrinkles will occur. Wrinkles are also more likely to be deeper in smokers. Tobacco smoke gives skin an unhealthy color and coarse texture, as well.
How Facial Muscle Contractions Cause Wrinkles
Wrinkles at the corners of the eyes (crow's feet) or between the eyebrows (frown lines) are thought to be caused by small muscle contractions. Over a lifetime, habitual facial expressions like frowning, smiling, or squinting leave their mark on our skin.
How Sleeping Positions May Cause Wrinkles
The way you sleep may actually cause wrinkles. No matter how soft your pillow, it puts pressure on your face each night. Over years, this can etch lines into your chin, cheeks, or forehead. Your personal pattern of sleep lines depends on how you tend to rest your face on the pillow.
- What you can do: Sleep on your back. People who don't sleep with their face on a pillow do not tend to develop sleep lines.