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3 Reasons Your Skin Is Wrinkling

Aging is a normal biological process that brings about changes in many body systems. Unfortunately, one of those systems happens to be your skin, which causes the most visible signs of aging: wrinkles.

Dr. Lena Speck Hopkins is a wrinkles specialist, and she wants you to know why your skin is wrinkling so you can take steps to slow down the process and maintain your youthful look. She outlines 3 reasons for your wrinkles here.

1. Natural aging process

Aging is one of the primary reasons your skin is wrinkling. As you get older, skin cell turnover slows down, and the middle layer of your skin — called the dermal layer — thins.

Your skin’s dermal layer is primarily made up of collagen and elastin, which are the strong fibrous proteins responsible for skin strength and resilience. Production of elastin and collagen also decreases with age.

Aging also leads to a decrease in the subcutaneous fat that keeps your skin plump and taut. 

All of these structural changes cause your skin to be thin, fragile and more susceptible to sagging and wrinkling. 

2. Too much time in the sun

Though you can’t stop the natural aging process, some factors may speed up your wrinkling. This includes spending too much time in the sun. 

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun actually accelerates your skin’s natural aging process by breaking down the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermal layer of skin. Without these supportive proteins, you may experience premature signs of aging.

To minimize exposure to the damaging rays of the sun, we recommend you stay out of the sun during peak hours (10am-2pm), keep covered with large sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, and apply sunscreen daily.

Dedicated to helping you maintain your youthful look, we’re health care representatives for Alastin™ Skincare, which includes a line of sunscreens safe for all skin types and conditions. 

3. Facial expressions

When you smile or squint, the muscles that create the facial expression cause the skin to fold. Over time, your repeated facial expressions and skin folding leads to lines and wrinkles.

Though we can’t stop the natural aging process, we can reduce the visible signs of aging with our skin-tightening treatments. We use the innovative TempSure™ Envi, which uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and lift the cells under your skin for an immediate improvement in your look.

The radiofrequency energy also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in your dermal layer to help restore your skin’s natural strength and bounce to keep the wrinkles away. 

To help maintain your youthful look, we recommend various Alastin Skincare products to use at home in addition to repeating your skin-tightening treatments every six months.

Your skin wrinkling may be a natural part of your aging process, but there are steps you can take to slow it down. We’d love nothing more than to help you restore your more youthful look with our anti-wrinkling treatments. Call our office in Harlingen, Texas, to schedule a consultation today.

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