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It's easy to get the wrong idea about what causes wrinkles. Many cosmetics companies will have you believe that dry skin is responsible. In fact, dry skin does not cause wrinkles. The process through which wrinkles appear and deepen on your face is due to a complex blend of genetic and external factors.  

If you have wrinkles, can you get rid of them magically by using one of the well-advertised solutions? Maybe not. But, if you‘re willing to diligently care for your skin, wrinkles can be managed and improved.  

Dispelling The Myth Of What Causes Wrinkles

Your skin is composed of several layers including your epidermis and dermis. The top layer is your epidermis. Underneath the epidermis lies the dermis. Your epidermis is thicker than your dermis and offers an element of protection (similar to the soles of your feet). Your dermis is where the capillaries are located. It’s also where cells called fibroblasts produce collagen and elastin fibers. These fibers provide strength and elasticity to your skin.
As you grow older, collagen and elastin fibers deteriorate as fibroblasts reduce production of these fibers. Making matters worse is the fact that your skin slowly loses its ability to store moisture. As a result, it’s less efficient at repairing damage (including damage caused by the sun). The result is fine lines and wrinkles.

Deeply-set wrinkles are typically due to muscle usage. Throughout your life, your smiles, frowns and other expressions cause the musculature under your skin to build. Over time, these muscles begin to form wrinkles. When combined with sun damage, these deep wrinkles can often become etched permanently into your face.

Mother Nature delivers another cruel blow; the aging process also causes fat tissues to atrophy. As your skin becomes increasingly fragile and your collagen and elastin fibers begin to deteriorate, the fat tissues become thinner. Fat is no longer available to fill in the gaps and the appearance of wrinkles intensifies. You can see that dry skin isn't responsible for wrinkles, which are caused by genetics, physiology and external stimuli.

How To Improve Wrinkles

In reality, you may have a difficult time in completely eliminating the wrinkles on your face. The best solution is active prevention. There's little you can do about growing older, of course. But, you should stay out of the sun whenever possible. When your skin becomes more fragile, it can sustain sun damage more easily. Always use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen like [Link Removed] year round.

You can also consider other ingredients that have been shown to improve the appearance of wrinkles by either boosting collagen production or exfoliating dry skin. [Link Removed] that work include effective ingredients such as vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, retinol, soy and Matrixyl, which have clinical studies demonstrating their effectiveness.  

Wrinkles may be a fact of life for most people as they grow older. But, a few simple measures can help you manage them.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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