The Real Cause of Wrinkles

Does dry skin cause wrinkles? The answer is no. Yet cosmetic companier offer endless moisturizers in every price range claiming to eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles by improving the moisture content of skin.

Ads boasting a 150% improvement in skin's moisture frequently show up in fashion magazines. All of this helps maintain the myth that dry skin causes wrinkles. Nonetheless, the bottom line is dry skin and wrinkles are not related in the least.

Countless research has shown that wrinkles and dry skin are not related in terms of cause and effect. Extensive studies and analysis have shown dry skin is frequently a by-product or result of other assaults on skin that are really the cause of wrinkles. Wrinkles are permanent lines etched into skin from environmental causes (sun damage and pollution) and internal causes (genetic changes, muscle movement, estrogen loss, and fat depletion). Nowhere (outside of ads and product claims) is dry skin ever mentioned as a cause of wrinkles. (Sources: Current Molecular Medicine, March 2005, pages 171-177; Cutis, February 2005, Supplemental, pages 5-8; Rejuvenation Research, Fall 2004, pages 175-185; Journal of Dermatology, August 2004, pages 603-609; Contact Dermatitis, September 2002, pages 139-146; and Fertility Sterility, August 2005, pages 289-290).

Sun damage is by far the most notable cause of wrinkling, which is easily proven by something referred to as the backside test of aging. In other words, compare the areas of your skin that rarely, if ever, see the sun with the parts of your body exposed to the sun on a daily basis. Those areas with minimal sun exposure (such as your backside) are rarely, if ever dry, and they also have minimal to no signs of wrinkles or aging skin. They will also have far more of the firmness, elasticity, and color of "younger" skin, because they have not been subjected to years of cumulative exposure to sunlight.

So why are so many people convinced that dry skin and wrinkles are related? Aside from the continuing misinformation propagated by cosmetic salespeople, estheticians, and advertisements for moisturizers, confusion also stems from the fact that dry skin looks more wrinkled, and wrinkled skin looks better after a moisturizer is applied. Women with oily skin may are perceived as having less wrinkles, but that?s because they have their own built-in moisturizer, which creates a smoother skin texture. The skin?s own oil doesn?t forestall or in any way change wrinkles, but keeping them lubricated (the same principle as applying a moisturizer) makes wrinkles look temporarily better. When skin is dry or dehydrated, any amount of wrinkling or flaws look more exaggerated. Applying a moisturizer will make wrinkles look less apparent but they will not be permanently altered nor will they go away.

While just "moisturizing" skin does not have long-term or any real notable effect on wrinkles, there are available therapies, such as low dose therapies, that can boost the body's regenerative systems and improve skin health and quality, both in its elasticity and thickness.

It is still of vital importance to use an effective sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher 365 days a year. When your skin-care routine includes products (such as an effective sunscreen) that protect skin from further collagen damage, it will go about its business of making more collagen to repair environmental damage. But, going beyond over-the-counter options to more agressive options that slow the skins aging process is now a safe and viable option for most individuals. . Good skin care in combination with advanced, yet simple hormone therapies can get you looking young and vital very quickly.
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