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The 5 types of wrinkles and how to prevent them

There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of wrinkles. The most obvious factor is, of course, ageing. As the body ages, the production of a large number of proteins and other substances that contribute to a strong support system within the skin decreases. Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which contribute to skin firmness, elasticity and hydration, become less ubiquitous. This causes the skin to become duller, looser and flabbier, ultimately leading to lines and wrinkles. While age is an important factor in this regard, there are also things that can accelerate the breakdown of these important substances within the skin and cause wrinkles to appear prematurely, or worsen their appearance. Sun exposure, lack of water, poor eating habits, pollution and lifestyle habits such as smoking can also cause or aggravate wrinkles.

Types of wrinkles

Although all wrinkles may look the same, there are actually different types. Understanding the difference between wrinkles is essential to understanding how to treat and prevent them, as they are generally classified by the way they are created. For many years it was thought that there were only two different types of wrinkles, dynamic and static, although we now know that there are different types within these categories. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines and creases that occur due to repeated facial movements during the expressions we make. When we are young and our skin is healthy, these lines appear when we make certain expressions, such as frowning or smiling. However, these lines begin to lengthen and then become permanent as those essential substances begin to diminish within the skin. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include crow’s feet, vertical creases between the eyebrows and horizontal forehead lines. Static wrinkles can appear anywhere on the skin and face and are a product of gravity. As the skin loses its volume, the skin sags and creates creases and wrinkles. They usually appear in parallel lines and can develop around the lips, cheeks, neck and chest.

There are 5 other types of wrinkles, most of which can be separated into the categories of dynamic and static wrinkles.

Atrophic wrinkles

This type of wrinkle can be classified as a static wrinkle and describes a group of wrinkles in areas where the skin has become wrinkled. As the name suggests, their appearance could be described as wrinkles and they usually run in fine lines parallel to each other. An easy way to identify atrophic wrinkles is to stretch the skin where they appear to see if the wrinkles disappear. Wrinkles are due to the loss of collagen and elastin and will therefore disappear if the skin is stretched.

Dry wrinkles

These wrinkles most commonly appear on the forehead and chest and are dry, fine wrinkles that run in parallel lines. They develop due to lack of moisture which is the result of the epidermal glands, which secrete oil, becoming less active. This is another step in the ageing process and affects the skin because it is harder to stay hydrated when there is not enough oil present.

Elastic folds

This type of wrinkle is caused by a combination of years of repeated appearance of fold lines in the skin and the loss of collagen. They appear most often on the cheeks and upper lip area, or appear as horizontal lines at the base of the neck. Sun exposure can exacerbate the appearance of these lines, and any other environmental factors that alter collagen production, such as smoking, also contribute to the appearance of these wrinkles.

Dynamic expression lines>

As the name suggests, these lines are caused by the facial expressions we make. Expressions known to cause wrinkles are frowning, smiling, squinting eyes, pursing of the mouth or expressions that show sock or worry. When the skin is young and healthy, these lines are temporary and only appear when facial muscle expressions are in motion. However, as the skin loses firmness and density, they begin to persist until they become permanent.

Gravitational folds

As the name suggests, these wrinkles are caused by gravity. When the skin begins to sag due to age or other factors that contribute to volume loss, such as weight loss, these folds and wrinkles become more prominent and permanent. The most common of these creases are nasolabial folds, which are the lines that appear from the corner of the nose and connect downward to the corners of the mouth. Marionette lines are also a common type of gravitational fold, and appear at the corner of the mouth and run down to the chin.

Preventing wrinkles

Although some wrinkles, such as gravitational folds, are virtually inevitable unless you hit the genetic lottery, there are ways to prevent or delay the appearance of most wrinkles. It is always important to start early to prevent wrinkles, as preventing their appearance is always easier than trying to reverse them once they have settled into the skin. The best way to prevent wrinkles is to pay close attention to your skin and sun care routine. Sun exposure is very damaging to the skin, so make sure you always wear a high SPF sunscreen. In addition, ingredients such as vitamin A, Retin-A and AHA or BHA can help your skin continue to produce the important nutrients that keep it firm and youthful. A healthy diet that includes drinking plenty of water and fats such as omega-3 fatty acids can also keep your skin looking healthy for longer.

Best ways to get rid of wrinkles

If you’re already starting to see the effects of age on your skin, then it may be time to take some more permanent measures. Chemical peels and makeovers, thread treatments and creams can help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while preventing further damage to the skin. Botox and dermal fillers are also excellent treatment options for reversing the signs of ageing. Botox is a great treatment for dynamic wrinkles, as it paralyses the muscles that cause wrinkles to appear, effectively smoothing them out. Dermal fillers are available with various ingredients, although hyaluronic acid fillers are becoming increasingly popular. hyaluronic acid fillers plump the skin by adding volume to skin depressions while providing necessary hydration, effectively smoothing all types of wrinkles.

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