Tips&TricksSmiling doesn't cause wrinkles, sun does: Importance of UV filtration in daily skincare

Smiling doesn't cause wrinkles, sun does: Importance of UV filtration in daily skincare

Mature woman
Mature woman
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9:32 AM EST, December 18, 2023

As we grow older, our skin loses the elasticity it once had. The first wrinkles start to appear, adding years to our appearance. Most people mistakenly assume that these are the direct result of our facial expressions, particularly bodily gestures that accompany our emotions (such as smiling, frowning, or squinting). The actual cause of skin changes is entirely different, and it's important to spread awareness about this. One simple change can help protect your face from wrinkles.

The origin of facial wrinkles

The formation of wrinkles is an inevitable part of life, and nobody can escape it. However, we can slow down this process. As we age, our skin produces significantly less collagen and elastin, leading to a loss of skin flexibility. Older individuals also tend to lose subcutaneous fat that once filled out their faces, causing the skin to sag and wrinkles to form, which can be challenging to hide.

If facial expressions were solely to blame for wrinkles, then undoubtedly, they would appear in young people too. The skin is extremely susceptible to the sun, with exposure affecting skin elasticity. The key to preventing wrinkles is limiting facial exposure to the sun. Does this mean we should live our lives indoors with the blinds closed? Not. The solution entails investing in quality skincare products.

A UV filter should be a staple in your daily skincare routine

If you aim to delay the skin aging process, it's essential to invest in a cream with a protective filter. The particles in these creams act as a barrier for our skin, shielding it from the sun's potentially damaging effect on skin structure. Ideally, the cream should have the highest sun protection rating possible, requiring a minimum application amount of about .07 fluid ounces. As a general rule of thumb, pour enough product to cover your index and middle finger to measure this.

Apply the filter uniformly to your face and neck. Both areas are highly exposed to the sun. Use the cream year-round, regardless of the weather. The sun always shines on our skin to some degree. If you desire beautiful and firm skin, you need to use the cream every day. Also, ensure that you wash your face thoroughly during your evening skincare regimen to remove any remaining product. Neglecting to properly cleanse your skin could lead to breakouts. Consider buying a filter and forget about restricting your smiles - with it, wrinkles will no longer be your concern!

The woman applies sunscreen to her face.
The woman applies sunscreen to her face.© Freepik | Racool_studio
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