One day, you look in the mirror and realize something is different. Those subtle character lines around your eyes aren’t so subtle anymore, and you look much older than the youthful spirit you feel like. It could be time to do something about those wrinkles, but what?

Can wrinkled skin be reversed? In a short answer, yes. But it probably won’t be a complete elimination. Here are some ways you can reverse aging naturally as well as treatments you can try if other methods aren’t working.

 

Why Wrinkles Form

Wrinkles are a fact of life, but you may have noticed that everyone is not endowed equally. That’s because many different conditions contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Some of them you can control, and some you cannot. Here are five leading causes of wrinkles:

1-Sugar Consumption

It is a recently documented fact that sugar triggers the production of advanced glycation end product (AGE) in your bloodstream. AGE damages certain proteins in your body, including two that your skin needs to remain plump and firm. The sugar you eat is killing the collagen and elastin in your skin, promoting wrinkles and an aged appearance.

2-Sun Exposure

While you’re soaking in all that natural vitamin D, you’re also advancing the aging process of your skin. The ultra-violet rays (UV) cause the production of free radicals that attack your skin at the cellular level. Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure causes wrinkles and uneven pigmentation that makes your skin look old.

3-Genetics

Yes, you might be able to blame your parents for premature aging of your skin. Although there are several other factors that can come into play, the timing of wrinkle development is partially hereditary, as is the overall condition of your skin. While you can’t change your genetics, they can help you predict when wrinkles will appear, and you can take action to counteract the effect of your genetics on the condition of your skin.

4-Smoking

 

Smoking is an unhealthy habit for many reasons, but it is also a prime wrinkle contributor. Exposure to smoke may dehydrate your skin, but the nicotine consumption does the real damage. With consistent nicotine use, the blood vessels in the outer layer of your skin tend to narrow. Over time, the slowing of oxygen and nutrients to the surface of your skin results in wrinkles.

5-Dehydration

Water is an essential element in your body that needs to be replenished daily. When your water consumption is consistently low, cell damage occurs in your skin. Think of a grape becoming a raisin — the lack of moisture shrinks the inside and wrinkles the skin. Dehydration has the same effect on your skin.

 

 

Can you reverse wrinkles?

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Botox and fillers are some of the most common procedures used to reverse wrinkles. The treatments are done by a professional, but they are short and don't require expensive equipment or extensive preparation — you can go to the spa for one of these treatments and be headed back to work after the procedure.

What is the average age to get wrinkles?

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From around the age of 25 the first signs of aging start to become apparent on the surface of the skin. Fine lines appear first and wrinkles, a loss of volume and a loss of elasticity become noticeable over time. Our skin ages for a variety of different reasons.