Whilst there are a number of different types of wrinkles - fine, deep, dynamic and static - there are only two real reasons why our bodies and faces age. The first cause is Mother Nature and the genes that we inherit from our parents; intrinsic factors that we cannot control like collagen breakdown and reduced levels of elastin in the skin's fibers. The second cause comes from external sources like the environment, pollution, sunshine and our lifestyle. These are the things that we really do have control over and account for up to 90% of the lines that we work so hard to smooth out and remedy with creams and other, often drastic, treatments.
So, although you've probably heard it said a million times before, the lesson here is that prevention really is unquestionably better than cure.
Even if you already have significant wrinkling, don't concentrate solely on remedying what you can see, but think also of the future wrinkles that will without doubt appear if you do not start to put some preventative measures into place right now.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body. Looking after it will not only keep it looking good, but it will also help it do its job of protecting the body's complex structure and regulating body temperature - something we need more and more as we grow older.
The skin is important to us on a number of levels - physiologically, culturally and cosmetically. So, read on for some tips and advice on looking after it; from preventing wrinkles and treating wrinkles, to obtaining some general guidance on how to look after yourself and your skin.