Does Dry Skin Cause Wrinkles?

by Gio

dry skin causes wrinkles

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:

Why Dry Skin Does NOT Cause 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.

Related: 5 Anti-Aging Superstars You Should Add To Your Skincare Routine

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.

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Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

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:

Don’t know how to put this all together? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Click here to read my post on The Best Skincare Routine For Dry And Aging Skin.

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry And Aging Skin

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? Share your tips on how to deal with them.

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Monica P February 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm

My skin is oily .. so everything smooths out .. except when I’m in the desert and everything dries out then it’s .. omg, where’s the moisturizer!


beautifulwithbrains February 26, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Monia, extreme weather can really cause havoc on the skin, can’t it?

Nikki February 27, 2013 - 2:25 am

I couldn’t agree more! Dry skin really cause magnify the look of “wrinkles” though I don’t see much wrinkles yet, it does give an illusion of an older skin! 🙂 thanks for this! 😀

beautifulwithbrains February 27, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Nikki, you’re welcome and I agree. Skin looks so much worse and older when dry.

Makeup Morsels February 27, 2013 - 4:58 am

Yay for sunscreen 🙂 That’s definitely sound advice I wish more people would follow haha. And keeping skin moisturized is a good idea in general, especially if it makes you look younger!

beautifulwithbrains February 27, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Makeup Morsels, I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. 🙂

Regn February 27, 2013 - 10:37 am

This was so helpful! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m definitely going to buy a proper sunscreen this spring instead of a regular day cream with SPF 15 that I’m using at the moment. I just hope I can find something less greasy. Even though I have a really dry skin, all of the sunscreens I’ve tried so far felt too heavy on my face, especially in the Summer when I tend to sweat a lot.

beautifulwithbrains February 27, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Regn, you’re welcome. Finding a lightweight sunscreen, and one that’s alcohol-free too, is unfortunately not very easy. Have you tried Neutrogena? They make a fluid sunscreen that isn’t very heavy and not too expensive either.

Janessa February 28, 2013 - 1:33 am

I have dry skin, not very dry but dry enough to feel tightness and discomfort if I don’t put on a moisturizer within minutes of washing my face. Now that I’ve developed a better skincare routine, choosing the right products and such, I have super soft dewy skin and It doesn’t get that dry throughout the day anymore. I still have to apply a light moisturizer mid-day but it’s so worth the extra time.
Good to know that dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles. :] My question is, would it be easier to wrinkle skin that’s dry? It’s okay if you don’t know (no need to look it up) off the top of your head.

AH I’m so happy to comment again. :] I’ve been awake for 16 hours and it’s not even 6:00 PM yet!! I’m so tired.

beautifulwithbrains February 28, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Janessa, I’m glad you’ve found a routine that works well for you. Mmm you mean whether you get more wrinkles if your skin is dry? I don’t think so. Wrinkles are determined by different factors such as genetics, sun damage etc, but on dry skin even small fine lines can look like deeper wrinkles, making people believe they age faster than those with oily skin. If anything, dry skin, because its protective barrier is damaged, is more prone to irritations and inflammations, and that can contribute to aging too. But using a moisturizer with ingredients that can repair it will fix it. So basically how many wrinkles you get and how fast you age depends more on the amount of damage your skin has suffered, whether through sun exposure, irritation, normal aging process, etc, than on your skin type.

And get some sleep! I’m thankful for all your comments, but you need to take care of yourself too. 🙂

Janessa February 28, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Your answer is more than I expected! Thanks a bunch, Gio! I am so fascinated by beauty and science which means I’m learning more and you’re all I have to thank.

Wow I woke up to 42 new emails (I get a lot daily anyways) and I thought to myself, “They must be from Giorgia!”


beautifulwithbrains February 28, 2013 - 7:38 pm

You’re welcome and I’m glad I’m inspiring you to learn more. It’s a fascinating topic, isn’t it?

Lol, sorry for spamming your inbox. 😉


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