What Are Wrinkles Really?

What Are Wrinkles?

The skin is made up of three layers. 1. The epidermis…or the outer layer. 2. The dermis……or the middle layer 3. The subcutaneous…or inner layer

Young skin isnt wrinkled because it holds moisture well and has a high level of elasticity….that is it stretches easily. The middle layer of the skin, the dermis, contains fibers called elastin and a protein called collagen.

As people age, their dermis loses both elastin and collagen. The skin gets thinner with this loss and becomes drier because it is harder for the dermis to get moisture.

There is fat in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. As people age, they lose the fat in subcutaneous layer and this causes the skin to begin to sag.

People do not get wrinkles at a certain age. There are people in their 20s who have wrinkles around their eyes called crows feet because they squint their eyes a lot or because they smoke or because they spend too much time in the sun without using proper sun screen.

There are also people in their 50s and 60s that have very few wrinkles. Sometimes this is because they have an abundance of sebum in their skin. Sebum is natural skin oil that the body produces.

Heredity has an affect on how early in life wrinkles begin to appear. Members of some families will just wrinkle earlier than members of other families. Its all in the genes we inherit.

There are several things that young people can do that will help to prevent or at least prolong wrinkling in their later years.

*Always use a sunscreen when being exposed to direct sunlight. This sunscreen needs to have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15.

*Dont go to tanning salons.

*Dont smoke

*Stay well hydrated

*Use skin moisturizing creams

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