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This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our weekly newsletter where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be discussed with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
Wrinkles—it’s a dreaded word that makes us cringe. It’s up there with cellulite, cavities, and *gulp* dieting.
Yet, everyone will get wrinkles at some point or another. It’s a natural part of existence that shows that you are living a full life. So, in this article, we are going to explain wrinkles, their causes, and their “solutions” to get rid of the wrinkles stigma for good.
What Is A Wrinkle?
Wrinkles, also known scientifically as rhytides, are folds or creases in the skin. They most often appear around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. They can range from fine, faint lines (approx. one to two mm in depth) up to several mm with more defined, static wrinkles. However, wrinkles aren’t localized only to the face, and they can appear on the neck, hands, and throughout the body.
There are three layers of the skin. The top layer is the epidermis, which is that glowing and radiant layer that everyone sees. The middle layer is the dermis, and this is where all the action happens. The innermost layer is the subcutaneous layer. The dermis houses the elastin and collagen, which keep your skin moisturized, firm, and looking young and youthful.
It’s also the dermis that starts to tire out over time. With continued contractions of the skin, the dermis starts to lose its strength. Repeated movements create minor “injuries,” and the broken elastic collagen fibers have trouble repairing itself over time. The replacement fibers begin to become looser and stiffer after so many injuries, and this creates a fold of skin we know as a “wrinkle.”
Furthermore, time and gravity start to pull on the skin, and the dermis starts to thin from this external pressure. Elastin and collagen production and restoration begins to slow, and the dermis has to work twice as hard to retain the moisture it did in its youth. Because of this, the epidermis on top of the dermis starts to sag and wrinkle.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are often caused by continuous contractions of a certain part of the face. These skin contractions can come from several different places.
But “aging” wrinkles doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly hit a certain “wrinkle” age. Some people will start seeing wrinkles in their 20s, and some won’t spot any until their 60s! Rather, lifestyle practices, genetics, and other external factors can affect wrinkle aging. Do not feel old when you spot a wrinkle. Instead, take practical measures to protect your skin.
How Can You Prevent And Diminish Wrinkles?
Although wrinkles are a natural part of life, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you diminish your wrinkle likelihood as you age.
Wrinkles are a natural part of life. They show off a life chock full of emotion and animation. Nevertheless, you can diminish the look of these wrinkles to add to a youthful complexion, so you can continue to live that radiant, young life!
A few lifestyle changes, the right skincare products, and a love of your skin will diminish wrinkles and leave your skin supple and vigorous. Check out our Tree of Life products to see how our highly organic products can add vitality to your look!