A variety of factors cause wrinkles, and there are some that you can control to prevent premature aging of your skin. They include the following:
- Remember that ultraviolet (UV) radiation is considered to be the principal cause of wrinkling at an early age. Exposure to it breaks down the elastin and collagen fibers, and when this supportive tissue is lacking, your skin loses its strength and flexibility, which leads to premature sagging and wrinkling.
- Smoking can also speed up your skin’s normal aging process, and the wrinkling may be caused by the changes in your skin’s blood supply resulting from this habit.
- Certain facial expressions and movements, including smiling and squinting, can also cause wrinkles to develop. A groove forms beneath the skin whenever you exercise a facial muscle, and in time, the skin becomes less flexible and those grooves become an permanent facial feature.
To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, take the following steps:
- Wear clothing that is tightly woven. As a test, place your hand between a light source and one layer of clothing, If your hand is visible through the fabric, this indicate that the garment will provide little protection.
- Remember that a sunscreen with a minimal SPF factor of 15 will block 93% of the UV rays and provide protection from skin cancer if it is applied properly.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim, rather than a baseball cap, to protect your neck, eyes, ears, nose, scalp, and forehead.
- Choose sunglasses that will block 99 -100% of the UV rays,
- Remember that sunlight is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and plan accordingly.
Authorities estimate that most skin damage from the sun occurs during childhood and adolescence, and that it is caused by careless exposure to the sun that results in severe, damaging sunburn. While this is common knowledge, many people still feel that a suntan indicates that a child is healthy. Often, when parents want to protect their children from the sun, they fail to give sufficient attention to protective clothing and place too much emphasis on using sunscreen.
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