Wrinkles are a normal part of aging, but if you notice fine lines appearing earlier than they should, something in your lifestyle could be the cause. If you want to maintain the look of your youth as long as possible, here’s what you need to know about what causes wrinkles under eyes and on your forehead, and how to get rid of them.
What Causes Wrinkles Aside from Aging?
This first factor is no surprise—smoking is one of the major causes of wrinkles. The position of the cigarette when held between the lips wrinkles the area and strengthens those muscles. The toxins inside the cigarettes also get on your face, hands, neck, and inside your body, filling you with free radicals that cause aging and cancer. Nicotine narrows the blood vessels in the skin, preventing nutrients from reaching the outer layer of the skin. So if you’ve been trying to kick the pack, starting today is your fastest solution to slowing down its effects.
After a night partying, have you ever woken up and found your skin looking dry and dull? That’s because alcohol dehydrates your body, which immediately impacts your skin. It can also lead to your skin looking puffy, rather than plump. To help your skin out and to look younger, limit your alcohol intake and make sure that if you plan to have an evening out drinking, that you also drink water in between.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
It may be a comfortable position to help you doze off into dream land but sleeping on your stomach could be contributing to the wrinkles on your face. According to some dermatologists, the constant pushing on your face from the pillow causes creases, which can result in permanent wrinkles. They recommend sleeping on your back to prevent your face from being pressed into the pillow all night or switching to a satin pillow which is gentler than cotton.
Squinting Too Much
Have you been squinting because your eyes just aren’t what they used to be? It may be time to have your eyes checked out and get a pair of glasses. Squinting and other facial expression like frowning are a result of muscle contractions. Since these muscles get stronger when used often, squinting can increase the appearance of wrinkles by your eyes, making you look older. It’s also a good idea to protect your eye health by wearing sunglasses whenever you’re going outside.
Sleep is essential to how we feel, and getting enough quality sleep provides incredible benefits! From losing weight to keeping your skin smooth, sleep helps your body regenerate for maximum health benefits. The baggy eyes from sleepless nights won’t help either.
Busy lives can take a toll on how we feel inside and how we look outside. Stress raises the body’s cortisol levels, which reduces how well the skin can retain moisture. Elevated blood sugar levels from stress also damage the elastin and collagen in the skin, which give it its suppleness and bounce-back. These protein fibres give skin its support, so maintaining them is key to looking young for longer. Find ways to reduce your level of stress, whether it mean taking a walk each day, spending time with friends, or going to the spa for a massage.
You may not realize it, but the environment you live in plays a major impact on the health of your skin. Pollution in the air is one environmental factor that contributes to wrinkles and fine lines. The chemicals in the air are known to contribute to free radical damage, which, aside from aging, can also lead to other health problems like cancer. If you live in a busy city, it’s important to wash your face before you go to sleep to remove any pollution particles from your skin.
Not Using Sunscreen
For many people, one of the biggest culprits for premature wrinkles is sun exposure. UVA rays, which penetrate the deepest layers of the skin, and UVB rays, which cause sunburns and other surface skin issues, can make you look older than you are. The same goes for tanning beds. It may feel great to “prep” your skin for a vacation or summer holidays with a tan at the salon, but the lights also emit harsh rays that can cause your skin to appear wrinkly. While it’s near impossible to avoid the sun completely, it is valuable to make sure you protect your skin by wearing sunscreen and covering with loose, light clothing.
Too Much Sugar
It’s common knowledge that an excess of sugar in your diet will make its way to your waistline, but did you know that sugar can also damage your skin? The sugar molecules in the snacks and foods we eat bind to our tissues. This process is known as glycation and through it, harmful new molecules are created in our blood. These molecules damage collagen and elastin, which keep your skin firm and youthful.
Improper Water Intake
Drinking enough water every day does more than keep you hydrated. It also keeps you looking younger by preventing dehydration and flushing the body of toxins, which can make the skin appear thinner, dull, and aged. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet will also help you increase your water intake, and as an added bonus, they provide many of the vitamins and nutrients that help your skin look younger and more vibrant.
How to Get Rid of Wrinkles without Surgery
Are you wondering how to get rid of wrinkles on your face that have already appeared? The Infini RF microneedling treatment can help! At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our Infini RF microneedling procedure is nearly risk-free. There is little to no recovery time and you won’t believe how much younger and refreshed and vibrant you will look as your skin heals from the treatment.
To learn more about how this procedure can help you combat the signs of aging and reduce the damage that has already been done, contact us at (416) 546-4664, or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Book your first consultation today and our skincare specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin.