4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)

Written by Eminence Organic Skin Care

Aging.

It happens to all of us, but as we age, we all want to do so gracefully. Even if you take excellent care of your skin, there are still sneaky little culprits that can speed the aging process, causing an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. To help you age as beautifully as possible, we're revealing 4 common causes for wrinkles (a.k.a the "4 Sneaky "S's") and what you can do to avoid them.

1. Squinting
This one might seem obvious but you probably catch yourself squinting those peepers more often than you think. Every time you forget your sunglasses or squint at the computer screen, you're increasing the likelihood of crow's feetChart and wrinkles around the eye area. And the more repetitive the facial expressions, the deeper the wrinkles over time. But don't panic, your squinting won't cause crow's feet overnight, there are a number of things you can do to avoid fine lines around the eye area.

The Fix: "...Keep those shades handy for brighter days, and make an appointment for a vision screening if headlines are getting hazy," suggests Fitness Magazine. For preventative care, we also suggest using an eye cream like our Neroli Age Corrective Eye Cream daily. This best-selling eye care product uses green apple stem cell technology to fight the visible signs of aging, including the appearance of crow's feet and fine lines.

2. Stress
people with the most work-related stress had the shortest telomeres, causing cells to die or become damaged, which may speed up the aging process
Not only can stress cause strain on your heart and immune system, it can also wreak havoc on your complexion. According to the Huffington Post, researchers found that "people with the most work-related stress had the shortest telomeres, causing cells to die or become damaged, which may speed up the aging process".

The Fix: The good news about stress-related aging is that it can be averted. Healthy habits like exercise, meditation and a nutritious diet, can help ease stress and premature signs of aging. Aromatherapy is another safe and natural way to reduce stress. "Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression." (realnatural.org). Family Circle Magazine recommends our Calm Skin Cleanser for its skin and aromatherapy stress-reducing benefits.

3. Sugar
You already know that sugar isn't good for your health, but did you know it can also age your skin? This scary process is called glycation where sugar bonds with proteins in your body. These sugar-bonded proteins produce free radicals which destroy your collagen and elastin, the building blocks that keep your skin strong and supple (Prevention).

It fights signs of glycation, a breakdown of collagen and elastin caused by sugar in the bloodstream.

 The Fix: The easiest way to avoid sugar-induced wrinkles is to stop eating sugary foods. We also recommend a diet and skin care routine rich in antioxidants like vitamin C which reduces free radical damage to the skin and body. PopSugar recommends our Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil: "It fights signs of glycation, a breakdown of collagen and elastin caused by sugar in the bloodstream. The gentle, non-greasy formula is effective on all skin types..."

4. Soaps & Sulfates
If you're using harsh soaps or cleansers that contain sulfates, you may want to rethink your skin care routine. According to Today Beauty, "Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh emulsifier that is found in body washes, facial cleansers, and soap; it rids the skin of dirt and oil while breaking down precious lipids, the glue that binds skin cells together."

The Fix: The solution is simple - stop using soap on your face! All Éminence cleansers are formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. Visit our cleansers page to select a gentle cleanser that works with your skin type.

Can you name any other causes for aging skin? Tell us in the comments.

Login to post comments

Latest Discussions

New This Month!

Yvonne Berg- A Legend in Aesthetics
Yvonne Berg- A Legend in Aesthetics

Yvonne Berg- Learning with a Legend Minnesota Cosmetologist of the Year, Yvonne Berg, credits education as the key to her success. When you are talking about a “Legend,” where should the recap begin? When it is Yvonne Berg, of Minneapolis, it begins with a sense…

Vincent Jeffre - A Legend in Aesthetics
Vincent Jeffre - A Legend in Aesthetics

Vincent Jeffre - Roux Kehoe: Leader and Legend “Being less than the best encourages men to do better; but, when and if you are the best, you can never do less.” -Vincent K-R Kehoe Quoting Vincent J-R Kehoe, a professional make-up artist, as well as…

Melissa Lawrence added a new article: Sue Riley - A Legend in Aesthetics 3 days ago

Sue Riley - A Legend in Aesthetics
Sue Riley - A Legend in Aesthetics

Sue Riley - The Gift of Giving This legendary beauty and skin are expert shares her success with the industry and community. Sue Riley’s beauty career began when she was a small girl visiting her aunt’s beauty salon in Durant, Okla. She took every opportunity…

Serena Khambatta- A Legend in Aesthetics
Serena Khambatta- A Legend in Aesthetics

Serena Khambatta- Teaching the Concept of Beauty Her father’s family was Jewish refugees from Iraq; her mother’s family originated in Singapore. But it was no accident that Serena Khambatta was born in India. After all, India is the land of legendary beauties, and Serena Khambatta…

Skin Care Connection

Browse-worthy Blogs

  • The Incredible Skin Benefits of … Turkey?
    The Incredible Skin Benefits of … Turkey? Before you get booted from your family’s Thanksgiving dinner for rubbing a turkey leg all over your face, let us qualify that title a bit. Although the turkey is an incredible creature (being that it is a distant relative of the mighty tyrannosaurus rex and came shockingly close to being the national bird of the United States), the turkey itself is not necessarily a miracle cure for aging. But, the title of this article was not meant to be misleading,…
  • 3 Ways Exercise Ages Skin
    3 Ways Exercise Ages Skin You may not want to hear it and I hate to say it, but it's true... exercise can seriously age skin. Some of our most active patients, especially men, are the ones who request the most help for skin correction and repair. The key to combatting aging caused by exercise is to understand how different components of a workout affect your skin and what to do to prevent damage! This is what I've noticed and learned over the years...
  • Top 4 Skin Benefits of Licorice Root Extract
    Top 4 Skin Benefits of Licorice Root Extract Growing up, my mom would make this natural tea from the licorice root whenever we had a sore throat. She would grind up the licorice root into a coarse powder or just boil the whole root in a kettle full of hot water. To this day, I still have a fond memory of drinking the licorice tea. It tasted better than other teas we usually had. We liked it so much that we would sometimes lie about having a scratchy…