Is your Dry Complexion Aging Your Skin?
Most people believe that a dry complexion gives you wrinkles and
ages your skin and there is some truth to this, but it’s not the whole
It’s not that dry skin actually ages your skin and causes wrinkles, dry
skin just makes the whole situation worse. So to be clear – if you
already have wrinkles or sun damaged skin, a dry complexion can
accentuate these problems and make your skin look older than it
should be for your age.
Which is why beauty experts and skin care professionals keep on
about sun protection and moisturizers – because you need both to
stop your skin aging prematurely.
Let’s take a look at what causes wrinkles and what causes dry skin
and see if we can make this whole subject a little easier to
What causes wrinkles in your skin?
One of the signs of aging is that our skin wrinkles, not just on our face,
but all over our body. The reason our skin wrinkles is because as we
age, our skin looses its ability to produce collagen and elastin, and
also because our skin becomes thinner as well.
Research has also shown quite clearly that overexposure to UV rays
can make your skin wrinkle prematurely, as can smoking and
Now, it goes without saying that each of us ages at a different pace,
usually dependent on our genetics. Some people look absolutely
fabulous at 60 and you wouldn’t believe that they were a day older
than 40! Other people look 60, but are only 40!
So your body ages and your skin wrinkles because of two factors –
your genetics and your lifestyle. Good genetics and clean, healthy
living will help you to look much younger than your real age, while bad
genetics and a poor lifestyle can make you look older than your real
Since you can’t do anything about your genetics, to keep looking as
young as possible, you need to focus on your lifestyle and protecting
your skin against UV rays and environmental pollution.
If you don’t believe that your skin can be prematurely aged by the sun
and other lifestyle factors, check out your backside! Unless you are a
nudist or wear a very revealing swimsuit on the beach, your backside
rarely sees the light of day.
Have you looked? Is the skin on your bum smooth and wrinkle free?
Not ravaged by UV exposure, no age spots or sun spots?
This is what your skin should look like if you had protected it from
external environmental factors and poor lifestyle choices. So in reality,
the skin on your backside is how the skin on your face should look –
clear, smooth and wrinkle free!
What causes dry skin?
So where does a dry complexion come into this picture?
Well, a dry complexion has many different causes, from the cold
temperatures and dry air of the winter season – to your age, genetics
and health. It seems that some people are simply prone to dry skin!
Another big cause of dry skin is when you remove the natural oils
from your skin by using the wrong type of skin care products.
Cleansers that are too harsh can often strip these oils from your skin,
making your skin very dry and itchy.
How does a dry complexion make wrinkles worse?
Whilst a dry complexion doesn’t actually cause wrinkles or make you
looker older than your biological age, skin that is already wrinkled or
has a few fine lines, can look older if your skin is dry.
This is because the crevices in your skin look deeper and your skin
doesn’t have as much ‘spring’ to it when it is dry. Skin that is well
hydrated however, looks plump and moist, de-emphasising the
wrinkles and fine lines, making them shallower and less noticeable.
A good moisturizer can help to plump up your skin and make your
wrinkles and fine lines seem to ‘disappear’, but can’t make them
How can you reduce your wrinkles?
Clearly, one option is to include a good moisturizer in your daily skin care
routine, as well as making better lifestyle choices and wearing a
Look for skincare products that include hyaluronic acid to give your skin a
super boost of hydration and powerful antioxidants to reverse the
effects of over-exposure to UV rays. Don’t forget to wear a sunscreen
as well, and you should be well on your way to minimizing wrinkles
and fine lines due to premature aging.