Why Do Wrinkles Appear and How to Reduce Them?

November 18, 2022

Passing the age of 40 does not mean that you will all of a sudden have a face full of wrinkles. Knowing the factors that accelerate skin aging will allow you to minimize its effects. Here's how to do it.

Wrinkles are one of the signs that can age us the most. In fact, surveys reveal that it is the sign of aging that bothers most women, and 80% would like to make them disappear.

The most frequent age marks appear between the eyebrows, crow's feet, and on the upper lip. 

Before 40, the lines are fine, but without the necessary care, they end up breaking the fibers of the dermis and become the dreaded and hated wrinkles.

Wrinkle Causing Factors

After the age of 45, and especially in menopause, a series of functions in the skin slows down, which favors the appearance of wrinkles:

Collagen decreases due to the decrease in estrogen. As a result, the skin becomes thinner, loses elasticity and firmness, and the ability to retain water inside the skin is reduced, making it easily dehydrated.

The complexion appears dull and devitalized. This happens because the passage of nutrients from the dermis (the deepest layer of the skin) to the epidermis (the superficial layer) does not occur in the correct way.

Sebaceous glands' activity decreases over the years, and the skin becomes drier. Nevertheless, oily skin also needs proper care and can be prone to wrinkles. 

More Visible Lines If You Skipped Skincare in Your 20s

In addition to aging marks, other factors can also cause expression lines in your 30s to turn into wrinkles in your 40s: 

  • If you were exposed to too much sun. Radiation destroys collagen and elastin fibers and damages the cells that make them. Your genes count. Dark skins tolerate the sun better (and wrinkle less) than fair skins.

  • If you have skipped your daily moisturizing ritual. If your skin is sensitive or dehydrated, it is more vulnerable to the effects of sun and pollution. If your skin is not only dry but also thin, you are doubly prone to wrinkles.

Strengthen Your Skin from the Age of 45 Onwards

Expression lines or first wrinkles can be reduced if you consistently use adequate creams. 

  • Choose a day cream with a richer texture to compensate for the lower lipid secretion due to age. It is best if the creams include substances that reinforce the skin barrier (ceramides, fatty acids.)

  • Take care of the most delicate areas, such as the eye and lip contour by using specific products. The neck also needs extra care.

  •  Apply your anti-wrinkle cream every night. The most effective anti-wrinkle active ingredients are hyaluronic acid and vitamin A or retinol. On the other hand, creams with glycolic acid and chemical peels promote cell renewal and fade wrinkles.

  • Avoid products containing alcohol (tonics, gels) because they dry out the skin and promote wrinkles.

How to Smoothen Already Formed Wrinkles?

It is normal for the skin to wrinkle as we age because the dermis produces fewer elastic fibers. In addition, hormonal changes that occur after menopause cause thinner, drier, and flaccid skin. 

At this stage, the changes in your dermis can become very evident if you do not take care to follow a beauty routine that controls and reduces them. This should not be a burden, but on the contrary, it is a pleasant moment that satisfies you:

  • Apply an anti-aging cream every morning. Anti-aging creams are more complete than anti-wrinkle creams because they also combat other signs of aging, such as spots, dryness, and sagging. They sometimes include a small proportion of tightening substances such as wheat proteins.

  • Wash with cool water. Cold contracts the skin and tissues and reactivates blood circulation, so your face will look smoother and fresher if you wash it with cool water every morning. You'll gradually get used to it.

  • Choose makeup with a lifting effect. It is ideal for mature skin because it helps define the face. In addition, it reduces wrinkles, and its textures achieve an increasingly natural finish.

  • Apply a firming cream every night. Make sure that, in addition to retinol and antioxidants, it contains anti-glycation ingredients (silanol, carnosine) that prevent stiffness and collagen destruction; calcium, which gives solidity to the skin structure; phytohormones (soy, iris) and active ingredients such as royal jelly, rich in vitamins and minerals. When applying, make upward strokes from the chin towards the ears and the jaws towards the neck until absorbed.

  • Once a week, apply a moisturizing face mask. It reduces deeper wrinkles and leaves the skin more supple.

Routines and Good Anti-Wrinkle Habits

Cosmetics are fundamental when it comes to gaining firmness in the face, neck, and low neckline, but they are not everything. There are several habits that will also help you reduce wrinkles.

Take a Note:

  • Maintain a good body posture and walk with your head upright and your back straight.

  • Follow a balanced diet. And if you have to lose weight, stay away from miracle diets because when you lose weight quickly, the skin does not retract and remains loose.

  • Sleep on your back, use a low pillow, and avoid reading in bed leaning on the pillow or sleeping on your stomach often.

  • Avoid smoking as it slows collagen formation and hinders cell oxygenation. If you still smoke, you have another reason to quit.

Final Word

Wrinkles and age marks appear as we get old, but also if we don't take proper care of our skin from an early age. 

Make sure to keep regular hygiene of your skin, use anti-aging creams, wash your face with cold water, avoid skincare products that contain alcohol, and quit smoking.