The truth behind the myth

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A widely accepted myth is that dry skin causes wrinkles. The reality is that dry skin only gives off the appearance of more wrinkles compared to oily skin. Natural oils or sebum in oil-prone skin help keep skin hydrated making skin appear more plump and moist. While dry skin does not directly cause wrinkles, proper skin hydration and moisture can reduce dryness and wrinkling.

Will Dry Skin Cause Wrinkles?

A natural part of aging

Over time, the skin loses elasticity and fat, while producing fewer oils, which can lead to creasing and sagging skin. Besides aging, sun exposure is the most damaging factor that causes wrinkles and premature aging. UVA and UVB radiation break down collagen and elastin fibers making wrinkles appear. Other common causes of wrinkles include the following:

  • Smoking and second-hand smoke can deprive the skin of nutrients and oxygen affecting skin firmness and tone.
  • Pollution like city smog and ozone in the atmosphere can cause free radicals to break down the building blocks of skin.
  • Genetics can affect the collagen and elastin fiber production in the skin.
  • Diets with high inflammatory foods and lack of omega fatty acids keep the skin undernourished and unable to stave off wrinkles.
  • Repeated facial expressions like smiling or squinting can lead to permanent wrinkles as the skin loses elasticity.

How to prevent wrinkles and dry skin

Using a moisturizer every day can instantly improve the appearance of wrinkles, but only temporarily. Long-term solutions include skin care products with skin-restoring ingredients to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Antioxidants and vitamins in skin care and foods can protect the skin from harmful environmental factors. Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables have important nutrients to protect the skin. Regular exercise and proper sleep can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Limit and protect the skin from the sun

The most important thing a person can to reduce wrinkles is to protect themselves from the sun. From limiting sun exposure to wearing protective clothing, any form of protection can help immensely. Dry skin sufferers can wear moisturizers with sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) every day and re-apply it every 2 hours. Moisturizing the skin often will make it appear more supple and less wrinkly over time.