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Why does Skin Wrinkle?

May 14, 2012

Wrinkles are a bit like the weather, everyone worries about them and they’re both a pretty inevitable part of life. Wrinkling is a natural part of the ageing process and the vast majority of people start to get wrinkles and lines of some sort from their twenties onwards. However, not everyone gets wrinkles in the same way and there are a number of factors to consider.

It’s no laughing matter

They’re called laughter lines for a reason. If you’re a happy-go-lucky person who loves a good laugh, you’ll know that creasing up does just that, it creases up your face. However, some people don’t mind these lines because they’ve been etched there by their character.

Cheer up, it might never happen

If you go around frowning, scowling or pursing your lips, then the chances are that it already has happened. These gloomy facial expressions contribute to wrinkles just as much as laughing.

Big hair

Believe it or not, but your choice of hairdo over the years can have an impact on the number of wrinkles you end up with. So if you spent a number of years basking in the shade of a fifties style quiff, you may thank it for your unlined face. On the other hand, if you’ve spent years with very short hair or even no hair then your face may be paying the price now.

The great outdoors 

Fresh air and sunshine often make us feel great and many people like to spend as much time outside as they possibly can. Unfortunately for outdoor types, the sun is a major wrinkle contributor. So anyone with an outdoor job is especially prone to facial lines.

Get ahead, get a hat

Whether you’re a stylish type who likes to wear elegant hats or a sporty type who favours a baseball cap, your headgear has provided shade from the wrinkle-provoking sun. Anyone who wears a hat on a regular basis is likely to have less lined skin.

Smoke gets in your eyes

And it causes wrinkles round them too, to say nothing of your smoker’s pout. Take a sneaky peek at the skin of many smokers and you’ll notice they often have many more wrinkles than their non-smoking friends. Not only is smoking bad for your breath, your health and your pocket, it’s giving you wrinkles, so think about quitting straight away.

Your mother should know

Look closely at your parents, especially at the parent who is the same sex as you, because there’s a very good chance you’ll inherit their skin. So if your mother has an enviably smooth complexion, thank your lucky stars. But if your mother’s face is very lined then prepare to take action, otherwise you’ll be following suit.

It’s not fair

The lighter your skin, the more prone you’re likely to be to wrinkles. Darker skin tends to have more natural protection against sun damage which reduces wrinkling. Everyone should protect their skin against the sun, but this is especially the case for those with very fair skin.

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