Fine lines and wrinkles are often the first signs of aging on your face. The muscles in your face contract with your skin and can impact your facial aesthetic. This is because repetitive facial movements can lead to fine lines and deepen your wrinkles. But, what facial muscles cause wrinkles? Below you will find more information on the formation of facial wrinkles and what treatment options are available to address them.
What Facial Muscles Cause Wrinkles
There are 43 separate muscles in your face alone. These muscles can make more than 10,000 unique facial expressions. The vast majority of these muscles are controlled by your facial nerve (also referred to as your “seventh cranial nerve”). The facial nerve splits into five separate branches including the temporal, zygomatic, buccal, mandibular, and cervical. Each of these five branches of muscles move different areas of your face. Facial muscles are unlike any other muscles found in your body as they are connected to the skin on your face. This is an integral reason why the skin on your face is often impacted by the first signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.
The skin on your face can be pushed and pulled in different directions by your facial muscles. The repeated facial movements controlled by your facial muscles can lead to fine lines. As you continue to make similar facial movements those fine lines deepen into wrinkles. This is exacerbated by the fact that your facial skin is thinner as compared to the skin on the rest of your body. In addition, the natural reduction in collagen production makes your skin more susceptible to the signs of again. The combination of these factors, in addition to poor lifestyle habits, can negatively impact your facial skin.
Wrinkle Prevention Tips
Protecting your skin can help reduce the signs of aging on your face. Consider the following tips to reduce your risk for wrinkles.
Reduce Sun Exposure:
The sun can have a negative impact on your skin. The UV rays directly impact the cells in your body that naturally produce collagen. Collagen is a building block for your skin that helps maintain its volume and elasticity. Wearing sun protection daily is integral to protect your skin. Opt for at least SPF 30 and wear protective clothing and glasses if you do go outdoors. Avoid the sun during peak hours as that is when the impact can be the strongest when it comes to skin damage.
Avoid Smoking and Reduce Alcohol Intake:
Smoking should be avoided altogether. It has a negative impact on your overall health and skin. Smoking is another habit that negatively impacts the natural collagen in your skin which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. In addition, reduce your alcohol intake (less than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women). It dehydrates and damages your skin which can result in you looking much older than you are.
Daily Skincare Routine:
Caring for your skin on a daily basis can help reduce your risk for premature aging. If you are just starting out, find a quality cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. Build your routine as necessary based on your unique skin care needs. Professional skin care treatments at Bakersfield Med Spa can also be highly beneficial in caring for the long-term needs of your skin. Microdermabrasion, laser therapy, and chemical peels are all effective in improving the look and feel of your skin.
Preventive measures can help reduce your risk for fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are effective treatments that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles that have already formed. Wrinkles relaxers treatment is effective in addressing the early signs of aging, including forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, and nasolabial folds. Contact the team at Bakersfield Med Spa today to schedule an appointment!