Wrin­kles be­fore time? This could be why

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - CITY LIFESTYLE - Ab­hi­nav Verma

As we age, our skin gets drier and loses its elas­tic­ity, caus­ing wrin­kles. How­ever, if you are get­ting pre­ma­ture wrin­kles, it could be a cause for con­cern.

To un­der­stand what causes pre­ma­ture wrin­kles, we got in touch with der­ma­tol­o­gists Dr Geeta Mehra Fazalb­hoy and Dr Ro­hit Ba­tra. They ex­plain how our lifestyle choices can wreak havoc on our face.

SLEEP­ING ON YOUR STOM­ACH

When you sleep on your stom­ach or on your sides, you tend to put pres­sure on your face. This can lead to break­down of col­la­gen, re­sult­ing in wrin­kles. Sleep on your back, say ex­perts.

SQUINT­ING

Squint­ing and ex­pres­sions, such as rais­ing your eye­brows and frown­ing, can also re­sult in wrin­kles. When you squint, your fa­cial mus­cles con­tract. This squeezes your skin cells, re­sult­ing in loss of elas­tic­ity.

DRY SKIN

Peo­ple with dry skin pro­duce less se­bum (skin’s nat­u­ral mois­turiser), which makes them more sus­cep­ti­ble to wrin­kles. Mois­turise reg­u­larly to pre­vent wrin­kles.

SUN EX­PO­SURE

UV rays in sun­light can pen­e­trate the deep­est of skin lay­ers and can de­stroy col­la­gen, re­sult­ing in a loss of elas­tic­ity. How to avoid it? Al­ways use a sun­block.

DRINK­ING WITH A STRAW

When you drink from a straw, the mus­cles around the jaw con­tract. If done re­peat­edly, this can lead to wrin­kles.

LACK OF SLEEP

Lack of sleep slows down your skin re­pair process. This af­fects its abil­ity to re­main hy­drated, lead­ing to poor col­la­gen for­ma­tion, and causes wrin­kles.

PHOTO: ISTOCK

Thanks to our un­healthy life­styles, pre­ma­ture wrin­kles are a night­mare for a lot of peo­ple

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