​Preventing Premature Wrinkles

05-01-2018

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When do you think skin begins to wrinkle? You look into the faces of small children and see perfectly smooth, dewy skin without a wrinkle in sight. You look into the faces of teenagers and you might see acne, but you sure don't see wrinkles. You look into the face of a 20-year-old ó no wrinkles, not a single one. You look (very carefully) into the face of a person over 30 and you might see just the teeny, tiny hint of a wrinkle forming around the eyes. But you'd have to look really closely.

So at what age to wrinkles start forming? Is it at 30? Not really! The fact is that from the time we are born, the way we treat our skin has a great deal of effect on when the first wrinkles become visible. The groundwork for premature wrinkling can be laid very early in life.

Overexposure to sunlight is one of the leading causes of premature wrinkling. UV rays such the moisture right out of our skin. You know how fast a wet bathing suit dries when you are in direct sunlight. What makes you think that you skin isn't drying at the same alarming rate? It IS! And overexposure to harmful UV rays begins very early in life.

At about the same time a child is old enough to play in a sandbox, his skin is being exposed to sunlight. Parents need to be certain that their children's skin is protected. Kids don't need a driver's license before they need sunscreen.

Diet is also important in preventing premature aging. The skin is a body organ. It has nutritional needs, and those needs aren't met with fast food and junk food. A diet that is high in whole grains, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables will feed the skin and protect against premature wrinkling.