The Importance of Youth Preserving

What Are Wrinkles?

Ways to prevent getting many wrinkles

Wrinkles! President Benjamin Franklin said two things in life are certain death and taxes,  but I think he forgot a third, wrinkles. If you live long enough to see old age, it's normal to get wrinkles. And if you have seen you fair share of the the sun, or a big fan of the tanning machine, or a big puffer, smoking cigarettes that is-- you may have a lot of them.

The skin is composed of three layers:

  1. the outermost layer that everyone can see is called the epidermis.

  2. the middle layer is called the dermis. 

  3. the innermost layer is called the subcutaneous. 

Generally, when we are young wrinkles are foreign to us because the skin can stretch very well and keeps its moisture. The middle layer, the dermis has an elastic quality to it thanks to the fibers called elastin that keep the skin looking and feeling youthful. A protein in the dermis called collagen plays its role in preventing wrinkles from forming. 


But over time, the dermis loses both collagen and elastin. The skin gets thinner and begins to start having difficulty absorbing enough moisture for the skin. The fat in the subcutaneous layer that gives the skin a fleshy appearance also starts to disappear, the epidermis begins to sag and wrinkles form. Did you get the picture?

There is no magical age where everyone suddenly wrinkles up. It all depends on the person, some people in their twenties have crow's feet, those are small wrinkles around the eyes, those usually form by squinting the eyes too much. And you may have other people may be in their 50s or 60s before you can even see a wrinkle. This is usually because they have taken good care of their skin over the years and can have more sebum, that is the natural oil of the skin. They may also have "good genes" — which means their family members do not have a lot of wrinkles.

Finally, however, everyone will have at least some wrinkles. It's a natural part of aging.

There are many ways to prevent getting wrinkles at an early age.


Avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight, although sunscreen helps, but it does not block any harmful UV rays that cause wrinkles on the skin. However, if you are outdoors, be sure to wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher and reapply often.

Do not go tanning because the UV light of  the tanning machine is just as damaging as the sun - and sometimes worse. No puffing! Smoking robs your skin of valuable moisture and causes early wrinkles. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize the skin, especially during the months when the air is drier.

Drink lots of water.