Age brings with it the two w’s: wisdom and wrinkles. We know to expect wrinkles when we get older, but half of the battle has nothing to do with age. Here are some common causes of wrinkles, and what you can do to prevent them:

Exposure to UV Light.

Ultraviolet radiation – whether from the sun or a tanning bed – speeds the natural aging process and is the primary cause of early wrinkling. UV rays break down the connective tissue in your skin, causing it to sag and wrinkle. Prevent this from happening by using sunscreen when outside, and avoid tanning beds at all costs.

Smoking.

There are plenty of reasons to stop smoking cigarettes. We are all aware of the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, and you can add wrinkles to the list too. Smoking restricts blood flow to your skin, depriving it of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Preventing this is as easy as putting down the cigarettes.

Sleeping With Makeup.

When left on overnight, makeup can seep into your pores and break down the collagen and elastin within your skin. This can speed up the aging process and cause premature wrinkling. Prevent this by cleansing and moisturizing your face every night before bed.

Dehydration.

Some experts estimate that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. When your body is dehydrated, there is not enough water to supply the skin, and it loses its elasticity and becomes visibly dried out. Prevent this by drinking eight glasses of water every day, and even more when you exercise.

Age.

As you grow older, your body produces less natural oils, and the fat within deeper layers of your skin begins to diminish. This causes your skin to dry out, and appear loose and saggy. While there is no way to prevent growing older, professional Botox and Juvederm treatments can make your skin look and feel younger.

NuWave Medical, PLLC offers a variety of anti-aging skin care solutions. Using our state-of-the-art Skin Scope technology, we can evaluate your skin and develop a treatment program that is right for you. With five locations across Long Island and Manhattan, help is never far away. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (631) 343-7144.