If you have dry skin, you get deeper wrinkles than your oily-skinned pals. That’s a fact.
But is it dry skin that causes wrinkles? Does the fact you’re born with it or have developed it at some point cursed you to age before your time?
Not really. Here’s why:
What causes wrinkles?
Dry skin does NOT cause wrinkles.
So, what does? Sun exposure, for starters.
I’ve nagged about the dangers of UV rays enough on this blog, so, this time I’ll let dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook do the talking:
“Sun exposure accounts for 90 percent of wrinkles. The way the sun forms a wrinkle is it breaks down the support structures in the endoderm — it’s known as collagen or elastin. As these fibres break down we lose support and the skin becomes more easily creased.”
Then, there are pollution, an unhealthy sugar-rich and veggie-poor diet, smoking, and even our genes. They all have a hand in creating wrinkles too.
The connection between dry skin and wrinkles
So, if it’s sun exposure that causes wrinkles, then why don’t oily-skinned women have the same deep wrinkles as dry-skinned women?
Because dry skin may not cause wrinkles, but it surely accentuates them.
When skin is hydrated, it looks plump and moist. This makes wrinkles look smaller. But dry skin can’t retain this much needed moisture. Its protective barrier is damaged and the moisture needed to plump up skin evaporates into thin air.
Oily skin doesn’t have this problem. It produces enough sebum (the skin’s natural moisturizer) to keep its protective barrier intact. So, when wrinkles develop, they don’t look so deep.
And that’s why a moisturiser can make wrinkles look smaller. Plump up the skin with moisture and you instantly look younger.Dry skin doesn't cause wrinkles but it accentuates them. Here's how to deal with it:Click To Tweet
How can you treat dry skin and wrinkles?
So, if you have dry skin and wrinkles, you need a double plan of action to deal with both. Here’s how to get started:
- Exfoliate skin with glycolic acid. It hydrates skin and boosts the production of collagen too. Click here for my fave products with GA.
- Use a hyaluronic acid serum to give skin the moisture it needs.
- Use antioxidant serums to prevent wrinkles. My fave includes the powerful combo of Vitamins C and E and ferulic acid. Check out my fave antioxidant serums here.
- Use products with retinoids to reduce the wrinkles you already have. I shared my fave in this post – check it out.
- Use rich, oil-based moisturizer to lock in moisture. You can check out my favourites here.
- Wear sunscreen EVERY day. UV rays can penetrate through clouds and glass and even get reflected on snow.
The Bottom Line
Dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles but it accentuates them. To keep your skin looking young and flawless, make sure your skin’s protective barrier is always intact, wear sunscreen every single day, and add anti-aging products to your skincare routine. You’ll notice a difference soon!
Do you have both dry skin and wrinkles? How do you deal with them?