5. You Might Not Live a Healthy Lifestyle
These dreaded lines might also be due to an overall unhealthy lifestyle. Research has shown that people with sun damage and wrinkles are more likely to engage in high-risk activities like eating poorly, not exercising frequently, and not using proper sun protection. “It’s just a sign that they’re not healthy in general,” Ibrahim said.
4. You Might Have Weak Bones
Wrinkles not only take a toll on your face, but also on your bones, as wrinkles can also predict the risk of osteoporosis. Researchers from Yale University conducted a study focused on wrinkles on the face and neck and the bone density of 114 women in their 40s and 50s. “We found that deepening and worsening skin wrinkles are related to lower bone density among the study participants,” said Lubna Pal, an associate professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Yale School of Medicine, in a press release. This is due to skin and bone both depending on collagen, a protein whose production decreases with age. Lower levels of collagen could be caused by genetics and be a result of lifestyle factors, according to Ibrahim.
3. You Might Be at Risk for Skin Cancer
“People always think if they don’t see those sun spots, they haven’t gotten sun damage,” said Dee Anna, Glaser, MD, a dermatologist based in St. Louis, Missouri, and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. However, if you see fine, crepey-looking wrinkles on your cheeks, it could indicate you’re at an increased risk of getting skin cancer. Certain studies have shown that people get wrinkles on the left side of their face because of the frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays through car windows.
2. You’re Stressed Out
Stress doesn’t only impact your health, but also your face. Forehead wrinkles and lines between the eyebrows could also be a sign that you are under stress, Glaser says. Stress can also increase levels of cortisol, which can, in turn, lead to an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, according to Ibrahim.
1. You Spend Too Much Time on Your Device
While wrinkles are a sign of age progression, more young people are seeing dermatologists due to lines between their eyebrows, said Ibrahim. “Nowadays I think we’re seeing more of those lines from just focusing on all of our many devices,” said Glaser.Related: 9 Vitamin Deficiencies That Show up on Your Skin