Debunking the Wrinkle Myth: Why Waxing Does Not Cause the Wrinkles on Your Face
July 11, 2016If you are reaching your 30's, you might be worried that your waxing routine will make your skin saggy and wrinkly. Lately, there's been a rumor spreading like wildfire that waxing your face can cause it to wrinkle prematurely. Well, we are here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about! There are a number of factors that will cause your face's skin to wrinkle, but waxing is definitely not one of them. When done properly, following pre-depilatory and post-depilatory care, waxing should not cause fine lines. Here are some of the factors that do contribute to wrinkling:
- Dietary habits. These are very important, both for our body's health and our appearance. Eating the right food will make your skin healthier and in turn, less prone to wrinkling. According to Dr. Rozina Ali, we need to eat certain foods to help the body produce the necessary substances to keep our skin feeling and looking healthy and to fight the effects of free radicals. Free radicals damage the skin's collagen-producing cells, leading to wrinkles. According to the same source, scientists have discovered that eating certain foods can help fight free radicals. For example, bright colored foods are rich in antioxidants, the bright color is indicative of this feature, which helps prevent oxidative stress and in turn, premature aging. Eating Omega-3-rich foods, e.g. oily fish, also helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Some of the fish recommended to increase your intake of this fatty acid are mackerel and salmon. Other Omega-3-rich foods are flaxseed oil, soybeans, spinach, and walnuts.
- Sun exposure and extreme weather can make your skin more prone to wrinkling. To avoid the harsh effects of the weather, you should always wear sunscreen when carrying out prolonged outdoor activities, even when you spend long hours in your car. A broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays is recommended for these cases.
- Genetics also play an important role in this matter. In general, fair skin tends to age more rapidly than dark skin, mainly because it is more susceptible to sun exposure, but also because it tends to dry out more easily.
- Hormone loss. The endocrine system is pretty much the human body's manager. Hormones control many processes, from growth to reproduction to, of course, aging. As such, hormone loss causes changes in our entire body, including our skin. For example, according to an article published in the International Dermal Institute website, "Estrogens can increase glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as Hyaluronic Acid, to maintain fluid balance and structural integrity. They can also increase collagen production in the skin, where they maintain epidermal thickness and allow skin to remain plump, hydrated, and wrinkle-free." So, the lack of this hormone can affect skin thickness, moisture, and the formation of fine lines.
- Repetitive facial expressions. It is not uncommon to see young people with marked lines on their faces. These lines are formed due to the facial expressions we most commonly make. Some people are prone to frowning, some people smile a lot, and people with sight problems tend to squint. These repetitive movements leave tiny marks on your face. As your skin ages, it loses its elasticity and these marks become permanent.
- Smoking. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the skin, thus reducing the amount of nutrients and oxygen that reach your skin, accelerating the aging process.
- Finally, the most obvious reason for wrinkles to appear is chronological aging. There isn't much to say about this, except that with each year we get a little older and our bodies respond to that, and the skin is no exception.
- When waxing delicate areas of the face, it is preferable to use hard wax. This type of wax is gentler than strip wax as it does not adhere to the skin itself, only to hair.
- When waxing any part of the body, skin should be held taut, both during wax application and removal to cleanly wax the hair and prevent repeating the application on the same area.
- To keep the structure underneath, leave the skin undamaged, and prevent the skin from being pulled upwards, wax removal should be done parallel to and in close proximity to the skin.
- One more thing to keep in mind is the quality of the product. Your waxing specialist should use top quality products to assure the job is done properly and to avoid any complications that poor quality materials may cause, such as skin irritation.