It is well known that wrinkles are a natural result of aging. However, it is possible to develop early wrinkles, even at a young age. That does not mean there is nothing you can do to prevent them. Did you know there are several causes of early wrinkles that can be easily prevented?

Most Preventable Causes of Early Wrinkles


High levels of stress for long periods of time has numerous effects on the body. In addition to stress negatively affecting your oral health, it can also affect your skin. Chronic stress can damage or even kill skin cells, thus expediting the aging process of the skin. This leaves younger patients with chronic stress more likely to experience early wrinkling, as well as acne breakouts and uneven skin tones. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce stress. Consulting with a therapist can help discover which methods of stress-prevention are best for you.

Sleep deprivation

A lack of sleep can also cause wrinkles to develop earlier than usual. After all, it is called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason! When you sleep, your skin cells take that time to focus on repair and recovery, preparing to defend the skin against the environment the following day. When you are deprived of sufficient sleep, the skin cells are not fully recovering. This allows for the early development of wrinkles.

In a study conducted by the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, participants who only slept 5 hours a night for a month had twice as many wrinkles compared to those who slept for 7 hours.

To prevent the early formation of wrinkles due to sleep deprivation, experts suggest that patients should get at least 7 full hours of sleep every night. If you have difficulty sleeping, find out how the dentist can help you sleep.

Overexposure to sun

During the summer months, your skin can easily become damaged due to overexposure. This is especially true in the Texas heat! Exposure to the sun harms the skin cells, leaving your skin defenseless against the early formation of wrinkles.

Luckily, there are several ways to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Sunlight peaks between the hours of 10am and 2pm, and you should avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun during this time. Additionally, sunscreens and other protective skin creams of SPF 30 or higher can effectively prevent damaged skin from sun exposure.

How Sugarland Dental Spa can Help

At the Sugarland Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area, our Med Spa offers a wide variety of treatments to keep your skin looking as young and healthy as ever! For more information about our Med Spa, or to schedule an appointment for a treatment, contact the Sugarland Dental Spa today!