Wrinkles are a natural part of getting older, but if you aren’t ready for wrinkles to make you look older than you feel, there are a few things you should know. Keep reading to find out more about what causes wrinkles, how to prevent wrinkles, and what you can do if you already have wrinkles that you want to eliminate.

What Causes Wrinkles?

In most cases, wrinkles are caused by sun damage, aging, smoking, and repeated facial expressions.

Sun Damage

When your skin is damaged by the sun UV rays break down the connective tissue in your skin. This results in skin damage and it makes wrinkles more noticeable.


Your skin becomes thinner and more fragile as you age. Skin also loses elasticity and moisture. These conditions combined make wrinkles more prominent.


Smoking is bad for your health and bad for your appearance. Smoking will accelerate all the other negative effects that age has on your skin.

Repeated Facial Expressions

You may have noticed that most wrinkles are around the eyes, mouth, and between the brows. This is because wrinkles are caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, or furrowing your brows.

How Can You Prevent Wrinkles?

You don’t have to stop smiling or expressing your emotions, but there are plenty of other things you can do to prevent wrinkles.

First and foremost, you should protect your skin from sun damage.  Wear clothing that covers your skin or applies sunblock before going outdoors. Be sure to apply sunblock repeatedly throughout the day since it wears off after a few hours (especially if you are in the water). When possible, you can also prevent sun damage by staying inside when the sun is most likely to damage your skin—usually this is between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.

Other tips for preventing wrinkles include:

  • Using a daily moisturizer on your face and neck
  • Using a nightly retinol cream
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding tanning beds
  • Getting enough sleep each night

Can You Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles?

If you have wrinkles already, the good news is that there are a variety of treatments that can eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn about Botox, dermal fillers, and laser skin treatments that can improve your appearance and make you look younger.

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