What Causes Wrinkles? Reasons Unrelated to Aging

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of growing older. Collagen production slows down over time which causes your skin to lose its elasticity. There’s nothing wrong with having wrinkles as you age naturally. However, there is a host of lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to welcoming these creases earlier than expected. From unprotected sun exposure to high sugar intake, there are several daily habits that are ageing you prematurely. It’s never too late! Make some much needed changes in your daily routine and turn back the clock.

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Here are all the causes of wrinkles that have nothing to do with growing old :


Skipping Sunscreen

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UV rays from the sun are one of the main culprits behind the visible changes in your skin. Unprotected ultraviolet light exposure can break down collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t just keep your sunscreen handy for the hot summer days, make it part of your daily skincare routine. Even if you aren’t stepping outside, it’s recommended to still slather on some SPF to protect you from the UV rays penetrating through your window glass as well as blue light from your computers and phones.


Dehydrated Skin

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Think of your skin as a grape, when your skin is hydrated it looks plump and smooth. However, dehydration can cause it to shrivel up like a raisin. This is why it’s very important to keep your skin moisturised, especially the thin skin around your eyes . Use skincare products with hyaluronic acid and other humectants to attract water molecules like a magnet and keep the skin hydrated and happy. 

A High Sugar Diet

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They say you are what you eat. However, in the case of sugar, it’s unlikely to make you any sweeter. What it will do for sure is add to unhealthy weight gain and premature ageing of the skin. Sugar when ingested goes through a process called glycation. Basically, it binds to collagen and elastin and weakens them. This leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Your Sleep Position

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If you sleep on your stomach or side with your face pressed into the pillow, we have some not-so-nice news for you. The pressure of the pillow against the face for long durations can cause vertical creases on your face. You may not see the effects overnight, but you will eventually. To avoid this, try sleeping on your back and use silk or satin pillowcases to minimise skin chafing.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

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Okay, okay, we hear what you’re saying. First we attack your sleep position and now your sleep routine too? We can assure you that we have a valid reason. Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels naturally decrease as you sleep. This allows your skin to go through a natural repair cycle to recover from the day’s stress. If you’re not getting that required ‘beauty sleep’ you’re disrupting this cycle. High levels of cortisol can break down collagen and lead to weakened elasticity and wrinkles.


Rubbing/Stretching your skin

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Vigorously rubbing your face with a makeup wipe or towel, stretching the skin around your eyes to apply your eyeliner, raising your eyebrows real high while putting on mascara etc can all cause wrinkles. Tiny habits like these when done repeatedly, damage the skin. Make sure to be as gentle as you can with your skin.



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This one’s a no-brainer. We all know how bad increased pollution levels are for our health. All the smog, dust and fumes cause free radical damage to the skin that breaks down collagen. This leads to premature ageing and wrinkles. Be sure to cleanse your face at the end of the day to minimise the negative effects.

Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio Dr. Rohit Bhaskar, Physio is Founder of Bhaskar Health and Physiotherapy and is also a consulting physiotherapist. He completed his Graduation in Physiotherapy from Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences. His clinical interests are in Chest Physiotherapy, stroke rehab, parkinson’s and head injury rehab. Bhaskar Health is dedicated to readers, doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Bhaskar Health audience is the reason I feel so passionate about this project, so thanks for reading and sharing Bhaskar Health.

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