Five Surprising Causes of Wrinkles

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When it comes to wrinkles, for many of us, they’re a fact of life. While some people manage to make it to old age with barely a crease on their faces, most of us have to deal with some softening around the eyes and mouth at the very least. We all know the usual causes of wrinkles, like sun worship and smoking, but there are some unusual and quite surprising causes of wrinkles that we thought we’d tell you about today:


When we thing about pollution, we usually think about the damage it does to our environment and air quality, but it actually damages the skin too as it contributes to free-radical damage which accelerates the signs of ageing. We recommend washing daily with Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant and following up with Decleor Anti-Pollution Hydrating Fluid SPF30.


The medical world is coming around to the idea that sugar is what we should be cutting down on, rather than fat, but sugar can actually be bad for the ageing process, too. Sugar binds itself to proteins after we eat or drink it and can cause the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, causing sagging and wrinkles. As well as reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, we recommend using the Elemis Pro-Collagen Firmer Future Collection.

Old Glasses

If you wear glasses (or even if you don’t) regular eye tests are important for keeping your eye health in check. However, wearing old glasses with an out of date prescription is bad for more than your vision – it can cause crows feet around the eyes, frown lines on the forehead and generally exacerbate issues in that area. Once you’ve got a new lens prescription, Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex will help with any damage that’s already been done.

Drinking From a Straw

As if we all needed any more reason to quit straws, it turns out that they can also increase fine lines around the mouth. In the same way that smoking makes us purse our lips, drinking out of a straw involves muscle contraction around the lips. If this is done repeatedly, the muscles will become stronger and wrinkles will become deeper and more apparent. Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is designed to reverse the signs of ageing around the mouth, if you need some extra help once you’ve ditched the straws.

Dry Skin

Skin that is chronically dry is also more susceptible to wrinkles – a dry environment can result in the skin losing some of its ‘scaffolding’ and succumbing to wrinkles. Make sure you moisturise day and night, especially on your face. Investing in a nourishing under-eye cream is also a good idea since the skin underneath the eyes is thinner and more susceptible to fine lines.

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