Everyone develops wrinkles with age, but wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors, many of which are in our control. Wrinkles can be caused by lifestyle choices and habits — such as smoking and exposure to UV light — as well as normal aging. The cause of most wrinkles and skin aging comes down to an important protein called collagen.
Collagen Production and Aging
Collagen is an important protein found in connective tissue throughout your body. This substance, found in everything from your bones to your skin, forms a gelatin-like structure that gives your skin structure and strength. As you get older, your body’s production of collagen decreases and collagen in the skin degrades. After the age of 20, your collagen production declines by about 1% per year. Remaining collagen and elastin fibers in the skin become looser and clump together, which makes Continue reading Why Does Aging Cause Wrinkles?