What Causes Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

What Causes Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

07 June 2024


Let's talk about wrinkles. 

Wrinkles are often the first sign that your skin is aging. The more your skin matures, you lose the fat that keeps your skin plump and elastic. You may also experience changes in texture and pigmentation. Many turn to anti-wrinkle creams and other anti-aging skin care products to help prevent wrinkles and visually reduce their appearance. 

Whether you're struggling with wrinkles or looking for prevention tips, we're here to help. Here's everything you need to know about what causes wrinkles and how you can adjust your skincare routine to meet the needs of your aging skin. 



What Are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles and fine lines are creases that commonly form on the forehead, neck, and around the mouth and eyes. Some wrinkles are subtle and less noticeable, while others are much deeper and harder to hide with your everyday foundation or makeup routine. 


Wrinkles start to form when your skin ages. Many individuals notice their first few wrinkles and fine lines around 25. However, the warning signs become more prevalent around 30 when collagen production slows down, and your skin doesn't have the same elasticity as it once did. Every year after 30, your skin will continue to age and mature more. 


Most individuals are looking for anti-wrinkle creams and products to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck. Many different types of wrinkles can form on the face. Some are more common and preventable than others. Here are a few of the most common:


● Crow's feet

● Tear troughs

● Frown lines

● Mental crease

● Bunny lines

● Forehead lines 

● Neck wrinkles 


What Causes Wrinkles?



You may have wrinkles forming on the skin for many reasons; some are more preventable than others. Whether you're struggling with neck wrinkles, laugh lines, or crow's feet, your body goes through ongoing changes that cause wrinkles, and anti-wrinkle cream is not always a viable solution.  

Here is what causes wrinkles to form:


Changes in Elasticity


A decrease in elasticity commonly causes wrinkles. If your skin is dehydrated or there’s a decrease in sebum production, it won't appear as plump and supple as it once was. These changes in elasticity can lead to deep creases, wrinkles, and fine lines in different locations on the face. 


Certain Facial Expressions


If you repeatedly make the same facial expressions and movements, it is more likely that you'll form wrinkles from these movements. For example, if you're constantly lifting your eyebrows, you may develop forehead wrinkles that align with these facial expressions. 


A Decrease in Collagen Production


The older you get, the less collagen your skin produces. After the age of 30, collagen production starts to slow every year. Collagen is needed to maintain plump, supple skin; without collagen, your skin starts to loosen. The best way to prevent collagen production is to include more vitamin C and amino acids in your diet. Many skincare products may help stimulate collagen production. 


Sun Exposure


Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to premature signs of aging. Whether going outside for a quick walk or spending all day in the sun, you should always apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays and maintain the integrity of your skin. If you neglect sunscreen or don't use it as often as you should, your skin will age quicker than someone your age. 


Environmental Stressors


Pollutants, smoke, and other environmental stressors can also cause unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. These environmental stressors can release free radicals. When free radicals are on the skin's surface, they cause oxidative stress, which leads to premature signs of aging. Since you can't always avoid environmental stressors, you'll want to fill your skincare routine with antioxidants. 


However, most stressors and pollutants aren't avoidable. The best way to combat the impact is to cleanse your face twice daily and incorporate an antioxidant-rich serum in your morning routine. When you clean your face with a gentle cleanser, you can undo the daily damage, revitalize your complexion, and keep your skin looking its best. The antioxidant serum will work as a layer to protect you against oxidation and revitalize your complexion. 


Ongoing Bad Habits


If you spend all day behind a computer screen, smoking, or drinking heavily - you may notice wrinkles forming earlier than most. These habits can stress the skin and impact your skin's appearance. Laptops, tablets, and phones radicate blue lights like UV rays. 

Smoking and drinking are bad habits that can accelerate aging and dry out your skin. Doing both regularly depletes the natural minerals, nutrients, and fatty acids that keep your skin soft and supple, which leads to dehydration, wrinkles, and a dull complexion. 


If you’re serious about protecting your skin from signs of aging, you’ll want to rethink your daily routine. Consider reducing drinking, kicking the smoking habit, and limiting your screen time. Every small change can help you avoid wrinkles and maintain your skin's youthful appearance. 



How to Prevent Wrinkles

The older you get, the harder it is to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. The ongoing decrease in collagen production and the gravitational pull can cause unwanted changes to your skin. Even with a buttoned-up skincare routine, you may still find new wrinkles and lines appear as you age. However, there are ways to prevent the severity and visually reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 


Here’s how:


Stay Consistent With Your Skincare Regime


Consistency is critical when building and using a skincare routine that meets the needs of your aging skin. You may have a great routine with all the right ingredients, but if you aren't using your cleanser, moisturizer, or sunscreen daily, you might not see the results you want to see. Here's what you need to do daily to maintain your youthful appearance. 


● Cleanse your face at least once or twice a day

● Use a daily moisturizer twice a day

● Wear SPF 30 or higher 

● Stay consistent with anti-aging serums and creams 

It's best to prioritize each of these products to get the full benefits of the formulas and your products. 


Use Retinol


Retinol is one of the best ingredients to prevent wrinkles and other premature signs of aging. Retinol is derived from vitamin A and is prevalent throughout the beauty industry for its anti-aging effects. While retinol isn't as potent or strong as any over-the-counter retinoid, it can deliver many of the same transformative benefits when used consistently with a cleanser and a daily moisturizer. 

Our product, The Retinol Serum, contains Pure Retinol and TFC8 -- two ingredients with cell-renewing properties. This serum can help lock in moisture, reduce acne scars, and optimize the skin microbiome to eliminate unwanted bacteria. During our 12-week clinical trials, participants saw the appearance of fine lines reduced by 73% and the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles reduced by 56%. We recommend using this serum during your nighttime skincare routine for the best results.  



How to Treat Wrinkles



Already struggling with wrinkles, fine lines, and imperfections? You're not alone. Thankfully, there are treatments and products to reduce the appearance of current wrinkles before they impact your confidence. Here are a few options you have:


Speak to a Dermatologist


If you're struggling with deep wrinkles, consider making an appointment with your dermatologist. They can help you find remedies, treatments, and products that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They can also help you get access to a retinoid prescription. Retinoid is over 20 times more potent than retinol and requires a prescription; it's FDA-approved and clinically proven to reduce signs of aging. 


Wash Your Face Regularly


If you aren’t washing your face every night before you sleep, it could lead to irritation, acne, and premature signs of aging. An ongoing build-up of dirt, grime, and bacteria in your pores can lead to oxidative stress and cause your wrinkles to worsen over time. 


If you’re looking for a purifying everyday cleanser for natural skin, try The Cleansing Balm, our innovative formula that replenishes lost oils and sebum, removes impurities and refreshes your complexion. The solid balm texture becomes a milky cleanser that tones, purifies, and decongests the skin. During our 12-week user trials, 96% of participants agreed that their skin felt deeply cleaned, and 98% agreed that it felt balanced and hydrated. 


Consider Cosmetic Treatments


Many popular cosmetic treatments can help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and help you maintain a youthful appearance. Before you go with a cosmetic treatment, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons to ensure it’s the best option. 


The most popular options include chemical peels, laser treatments, Botox, and body contouring. Speaking to a medical professional and weighing your options before a cosmetic treatment is best. 


Switch to Anti-Aging Skincare Products


If you're showing signs of aging skin, you may need to revise your routine to meet your skin's needs. Anti-aging skincare are some of the most sought out products in the beauty industry. These products contain ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. 


At Augustinus Bader, TFC8®—our exclusive patented technology that guides key nutrients to your skin—powers all our skincare products. TFC8® is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and hyperpigmentation.

Our original award-winning moisturizer, The Rich Cream, is expertly formulated to meet aging skin needs. It’s formulated with high-potency botanicals and TFC8® technology to help promote cellular renewal, deeply hydrate, and protect your skin from environmental aggressors. During our clinical trials, participants noticed their skin felt 110% more elastic, with forehead wrinkles visibly reduced by 37% in only four weeks.


Take a More Targeted Approach


Struggling with frown lines? Wish there was a way to reduce under-eye wrinkles? If you know what problem you want to solve, you can take a more targeted approach to your skincare routine.


Concerned with under-eye wrinkles? Try The Eye Cream, our popular eye cream for wrinkles, which features a rich blend of rejuvenating actives that can help revive the delicate skin under your eyes. The Eye Cream reduces puffiness, eliminates wrinkles, and provides much-needed hydration for a brighter complexion.  


For a complete 360 skin reset, try a 4-week intensive rejuvenating system like The Skin Infusion. The Skin Infusion contains a vitamin D activator, which helps enhance Vitamin D absorption, supporting overall healthy skin appearance, renewal, strength and defense against premature aging.



Prevent Wrinkles and Fine Lines With Augustinus Bader

Getting older doesn't need to be a bad thing. With the right habits, skincare products, and daily routine - you can reduce the visual appearance of wrinkles and keep your skin looking and feeling young. 

We have spent over 30 years perfecting our approach to skincare and creating formulas that deliver results. All our products have gone through countless clinical and user trials, so you can feel confident that if you're consistent with your regimen, you can lessen the appearance of wrinkles and prevent more from forming. 

If you're ready to get more from your skincare routine, explore our collection of skincare products today to get started.


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