5 Things You Need to Know About Wrinkles

Do you know what measures you can take to help stave off wrinkles? If not, keep reading. Here are five things you need to know about wrinkles, including how you can prevent them.

Two Types of Wrinkles Exist – Active, or dynamic, wrinkles are created over time by constant muscle movement, such as furrowing the brow or squinting your eyes. Static wrinkles also occur over time, but they are the result of the natural aging process, environmental factors, lifestyle habits or hereditary traits.

The Sun: A Major Culprit Behind Wrinkles – One of the most common causes of premature signs of facial aging (including wrinkles) is sun damage. Aside from causing premature wrinkles, frequent exposure to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer. An easy way to help protect your skin against wrinkles and other signs of premature aging is to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, every day

Smoking: Another Cause of Wrinkles – Not only does smoking impede proper blood circulation, depriving the skin of needed oxygen, it also compromises skin health and elasticity. This is because cigarettes contain an excessive amount of chemicals that damage collagen and elastin, two proteins essential to the health and elasticity of the skin. In addition, frequently pursing your lips around the end of a cigarette can lead to active wrinkles around the mouth. Avoiding premature aging is yet another reason to quit smoking now — it’s never too late.

Stress Plays a Role in the Development of Wrinkles – When people are under prolonged stress, they tend to frown, furrow the brow, grimace or scowl, all of which are common causes of active wrinkles. Managing stress with yoga, hot baths, walks or simply talking with friends can help prevent wrinkles.

A Healthy Diet Can Help Stave Off Wrinkles – Adhering to a nutritious diet does more than keep you healthy and fit; it also helps keep your skin healthy and younger-looking. Consuming too much sugar can lead to glycatin, a physiological process in which protein fibers, including elastin and collagen, become rigid. In addition to avoiding sugar, eat foods high in antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E to help improve the texture of your skin.

If you already suffer from pesky wrinkles, schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenwald by calling (914) 421-0113 or (212) 518-1642. He offers several facial cosmetic treatment options to improve the look of wrinkles and other premature signs of facial aging.