When it comes to how well your skin is aging, wrinkles are probably the #1 concern. Did you know that there are different types of wrinkles? Can you prevent or slow them from appearing? Learn what exactly causes your skin to form wrinkles and why.
What are wrinkles?
The scientific term for wrinkles is rhytides. They are simply described as folds, ridges, or creases in the skin. Wrinkles are caused by degradation and decline in content of the connective tissue fibers (collagen and elastin) within your skin's dermal layer. (Collagen provides structure and strength to your skin. Elastin helps the skin stretch and makes it resilient and spring back into place. Unfortunately, they are both quite fragile.) The fibers become cross-linked, slacken, and unravel, which makes them look irregular and disorganized in older skin. This reduces the skin's strength, elasticity, structural integrity, and support function. The end result is wrinkled skin.
Why does this happen?
(Read much more about collagen, elastin, and the layers of your skin.)
Time Defying Skin discusses the causes of aging that you have control over. The keys to youthful skin and feeling healthy may not be that complicated or expensive after all. A nourishing diet and healthy lifestyle practices are the natural solution. It's never too early or too late. Take the course today!
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