You may heard many times that beauty is just a skin deep, therefore, wrinkles are just part of the normal ageing process.
Should we all accept this centuries-old so called "ageing gracefully" wisdom?
Certainly not. In fact, wrinkles and other signs of ageing on your face may indicate serious health problems.
The Link between Wrinkles on the Forehead and Mortality
A 20 years study in France involving 3,200 all-healthy participants age 32, 42, 52 and 62, showed that wrinkles on the forehead signalled a higher risk of fatal heart disease. At the beginning of the study, the participants were put into 3 different groups:
- Group 1 are those with deep wrinkles on the forehead.
- Group 2 are those with moderate wrinkles on the forehead.
- Group 3 are those with no wrinkle on the forehead.
It was recorded that 233 out of 3,200 participants died of various causes over a period of 20 years. The information about the cause of death was then analysed, adding in the age, lifestyle and other various factors into consideration.
At the end of the study, it was concluded that those who have moderate and deep wrinkles on their forehead at the beginning of the study, were 10 times likely to die compared to those who have no wrinkle at the beginning of the study.
The scientists found out that the deeper the wrinkles, the higher the risk for dying from heart disease.
It seems that the appearance of wrinkles is associated with atherosclerosis, the disease in which plaque builds up inside the blood vessels. Overtime, the plaque hardens and narrows the blood vessels, hence it increases the risk of fatal heart disease.
How to Reduce or Slow Down The Appearance of Wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused by the irrepairable damage to collagen and elastin fibres in your body. Adults tend to lose about 1% to 1.5% of the total collagen in their body every year. There are few things that you can do to help slow down this ageing process:
1. Eat healthily
Foods that are rich in refined sugar and carbohydrates are known to accelerate the degradation of collagen and elastin fibres in your body. Therefore, reduce the consumption of sweets, cakes, biscuits, fizzy drinks and other sugar-laden foods.
As mentioned in Best Foods for Healthy, Youthful Body and Skin, your diet can affect how fast or slow your body and skin age.
2. Avoid highly polluted environment
Pollution is one of the common problems of a modern life. In the previous article, How Air Pollution Causes The Premature Ageing of Your Body and Skin, it is mentioned that inhaling polluted air triggers the formation of free radicals in your body. These free radicals damage the collagen and elastin fibres, causing wrinkles and other signs of ageing to appear.
3. Protect your skin and body from UV rays
UV rays can penetrate deeper in to the skin and damage the collagen and elastin fibres. Using a sunscreen before you go out during the day, helps lower the risk of skin damage.
After taking a shower in the morning, I apply Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream all over my face to plump up my skin and strengthen skin barrier. Then, I apply a sunscreen to protect my skin from UV rays.
Healthy skin is not only good for your appearance, it is a sign of healthy body too.
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Sources: European Society of Cardiology: "Deep forehead wrinkles may signal a higher risk for cardiovascular mortality.", ScienceDaily, 26 August 2018.