As skin ages, the fibres that keep the skin firm, such as collagen and elastin, weaken with time. As a result the skin starts to look loose and lax, it also becomes thinner and loses fat, looking less plump and smooth. Gravity also affects the ageing process as it pulls the skin down, causing it to sag.
Can wrinkles be avoided?
The rays of the sun are a major cause of unwanted changes in the skin as it ages. The amount of wrinkles you have on your skin is largely dependant on how much sun exposure the skin has had over the years.
Smoking cigarette also accelerates the ageing process contributing to an increased amount of wrinkles on the skin. Wrinkles can also be genetic, some people can be prone to more wrinkles than others.
Many wrinkles can be prevented. Wrinkles caused by the sun can be avoided from childhood by:
Wearing sunscreen with SPF of at least 15
Wearing a hat with a brim and other protective clothing
Don’t deliberately sunbathe
Try to avoid sun exposure between 10am and 3pm
Sun exposure as a child or teenager affects the way the skin will look at the age of 30, 40 or 50. Even if your skin has already been aged due to sun exposure, you will still benefit from beginning sun protection as an adult. It is never too late.
Broken Capillaries or Telangiectasia
These are dilated facial blood vessels that may be related to sun damage. They respond to treatments as other broken blood vessels (angiomas).