Dry Skin & Face Wrinkles: What You Need to Know
This article is sponsored by Meaningful Beauty®
We often blame the passage of time for the fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet that gradually appear on our faces. However, skin doesn’t respond to changes in the calendar. Instead, there are risk factors that can make us much more susceptible to wrinkles. One of these is dry skin.
Hydrating the skin on your face when you’re young may allow you to hold-off wrinkles for a time, while moisturizing can minimize the appearance of the creases that have already appeared. Before we discuss treatments, let’s take a look at how the body naturally keeps skin hydrated.
How Skin Stays Hydrated
The skin’s sebaceous glands produce sebum, the oil commonly blamed for causing acne breakouts. However, sebum serves a valuable purpos: sealing in moisture and preventing dry skin.
Sebum contains lipids that block the passage of moisture. This keeps water below the surface of the skin where it cannot evaporate. Without sebum, skin tends to dry out.
The amount of oil produced depends upon hormone levels. Sebaceous glands aren’t evenly distributed across the face; the skin around our eyes doesn’t produce any oil at all. This helps explain why some areas of our face are more vulnerable to wrinkles, such as the corners of the eyes.
Why Wrinkles Love Dry Skin
Hydrated skin is pliable and resilient. It can bend and fold, then become smooth again. Dry skin is brittle by comparison, and more likely to develop visible creases and wrinkles. This is because the natural moisture within the skin evaporates, leaving behind tissue vulnerable to developing imperfections. When you combine repetitive motion with dry skin, conditions are right for the appearance of wrinkles.
Who Gets Dry Skin?
Almost everyone experiences dry patches of skin on their face, though the reasons vary. Dry skin can be caused by external factors, like climate. Colder temperatures make skin more susceptible to dryness and irritation.
As we age, skin naturally thins-out, which causes it to lose moisture more quickly. People with combination skin may have an overabundance of oil on one part of their face, while another is dry and red.
Because dry skin is so common and troublesome, most anti-aging routines include a topical moisturizer. Applying a moisturizing cream or lotion can compensate for the oil your skin isn’t producing.
Dry Skin Danger Zones
We already know that the skin around the eyes lacks sebaceous glands, making it vulnerable to crow’s feet and wrinkles. If you live in a cold climate, any skin exposed to the elements can dry out. Coats and scarves generally leave the forehead open to the wind, which can sap moisture from your skin.
Using harsh soaps or cleansers on your face can dry out tissue even where there are ample sebaceous glands. Our faces put up with a lot, so you’ll want to watch this skin for signs of dryness. Remember, today’s red patch can be tomorrow’s forehead wrinkle.
Treating Dry Skin on Your Face
Over-the-counter moisturizers can do a good job rehydrating the skin on your face. Pay particular attention to the delicate skin around your eyes. If you notice painful dry patches anywhere on your fae, go easy on the makeup to reduce irritation. Makeup remover can also dehydrate skin, so you’ll want to use gentle products.
You can also consider home remedies like shea butter. If you experience persistent irritation and dryness, a dermatologist can help you develop an effective treatment. Can Moisturizers Get Rid of Wrinkles? If you already have wrinkles on your face, moisturizing will not get rid of them. In fact, only surgical procedures can do that. However, hydrating your skin increases its volume, which can cause wrinkles to be less noticeable.