Facial aging: Why does it happen?
Everyone ages eventually – but some of us seem to show the telltale signs at a faster rate with lost elasticity, poor skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss, and texture irregularities. Why does this happen?
There are a number of factors that can cause external skin changes. Some of them are within your control, and some are simply a natural outcome of the aging process:
- Sun exposure. Your sun exposure is one of the main factors related to aging that is within your control. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet light, it speeds up the aging process and can cause early wrinkling. Wearing sunscreen every day, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is the best thing you can do to reduce its harmful effects on your appearance.
- Facial movement. Smiling, squinting, frowning – these are just some of the repetitive facial expressions that we use to communicate. But, they can also lead to fine lines and wrinkles. As you age, your skin isn’t as flexible as it once was, and all that movement can result in permanent creases on your face.
- The natural aging process. As you age, your skin produces less natural oils and your elasticity suffers. This is a natural process that isn’t within your control.
- Smoking. Smoking cigarettes accelerates the normal aging process and can cause premature lines, wrinkles, and texture irregularities.