What causes wrinkles and how you can prevent them

by The Laser Clinics Team on April 18, 2018

What causes wrinkles and how you can prevent them

Skin ageing is a natural and unavoidable process. However, there are a number of factors in our busy lifestyles that can accelerate the natural ageing process.

1. Loss of elastic tissue

Wrinkles and lines are caused by the loss of elastic tissue between the skin and the muscles. It's a completely normal aspect of the ageing process! Loss of elastic tissue (elastin) is one thing that contributes to the appearance of wrinkles but it's not the only thing. 

2. Environmental factors

Lifestyle, diet, sun exposure, environmental conditions and bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol also contribute towards skin ageing and wrinkle development.


The likelihood and the timing at which we develop wrinkles is generally down to genetics. Genetics determine our ability to generate collagen and elastin (the parts of the skin that give us elasticity and resistance to wrinkles). 

What prevents wrinkles?

There are several methods that help to prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

1. Anti-wrinkle injections

Anti-wrinkle injections help to smooth the skin. Whilst the face is in motion the lines that appear are known as dynamic wrinkles, however, repeated movement over time forms deeper lines and folds known as static wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle injections work to reduce the appearance of and prevent, the formation of static wrinkles by stopping the signal between the nerve and muscle. The decreased movement in the muscle places less stress on the skin, helping you maintain a fresh and youthful appearance.

Prices start from $99 per area or $3.95 per unit.

2. Protect your skin from the sun

Sun exposure the most common factor that contributes to the development of wrinkles. Be sun safe and make sure you choose a sunscreen with built-in broad-spectrum – blocking both UVA and UVB rays. Our top pick is Skinstitut™’s Age Defence SPF 50. A broad spectrum, light, hydrating and antioxidant sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB induced premature ageing and skin damage.

3. Eat healthily

Good skin relies on an adequate supply of essential nutrients. Make sure you eat a balanced diet to ensure your skin has the best chance to glow! Vitamins and minerals are key to skin health including Vitamin C, probiotics and antioxidants.

Super skin vitamin sources include tomatoes, berries, green tea, fish, nuts, avocados and honey.

Visit your nearest clinic for a free consultation where our experienced team of Doctors and Registered Nurses can tailor a treatment plan to you.