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Causes of Aging Skin and Wrinkles

As we’ve mentioned numerous times, aging of the skin can be slowed down with the lifestyle changes that promote good health and diligent skin care habits. The natural aging process called intrinsic aging and the aging process caused by external factors, called extrinsic aging, both show up visibly with the same results yet the extrinsic aging is the one that we can fight against.


Natural aging processes on the skin such as slowed collagen and elastin production, slowed exfoliation, decreased cellular regeneration, loss of underlying fat, and thinning and sagging skin normally start subtly in the 20’s and become more noticeable later on in life. While there is not much we can do to stop gravity and the normal, physical changes in the skin and body over time, we can certainly make a serious effort to control the outside factors that greatly speed this process up, making our skin look older than it really is.


Extrinsic aging is often referred to as photoaging since it is predominantly caused by ultraviolet exposure over long periods of time. UV rays break down collagen and elastin and slow the production of new collagen which aids in skin repair and gives skin its strength. Above all, sun exposure is the number one reason the skin ages. Below are some of the other major extrinsic factors that cause premature aging of the skin that can actually be controlled.

Repeated facial expressions lead to fine lines and wrinkles and as the skin loses elasticity, the skin doesn’t spring back to its original state. Sleeping position also has a similar effect since the skin is pressed up against the pillow for so many hours night after night. Sleeping on your back minimizes the chance of these types of wrinkles from occurring.

Smoking speeds up the aging process significantly for many reasons. Repeated facial movements for smoking can cause mouth and lip wrinkles. On a much more serious level, chemicals from cigarettes are absorbed into the bloodstream constricting tiny blood vessels, resulting in less oxygen and nutrients reaching the skin. The supply of collagen is broken down in smokers, slowing the skin’s repair and renewal process resulting in wrinkles, loss of elasticity and dryness.

Alcohol consumption deteriorates the skin-protecting, antioxidant Vitamin A supply in the skin. Alcohol causes dilation of the blood vessels in the skin contributing to a blotchy, uneven look which may become permanent with excessive drinking. Alcohol can also lead to liver damage which results in a sallow and dull complexion.

Poor diets lacking in protective, antioxidant vitamins found in fruits and vegetables lead to unhealthy looking skin. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like tuna and salmon give antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection for the skin and body. Too much sugar consumption over long periods of time has been shown to age skin prematurely due to a process in the body called glycation. The end products of this natural process harm the good collagen in the skin leading to wrinkles and loss of elasticity.