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How skin thickness affects wrinkling

We're all thin-skinned... in certain areas! The thickness of our skin varies considerably, depending on its location and the role it plays: it's thinnest on our eyelids and thickest on the palms of our hands and soles of our feet.

Thin-skinned areas tend to have less stores of collagen and fat, which make them more prone to wrinkling. Furthermore, melanin (skin pigment) is the body's best defense against the harmful effects of the sun, that's why those with darker complexions exhibit less signs of photodamage.

Consequently, the degree of skin aging varies with each person's heredity and cumulative levels of sun exposure. Also, thicker and oilier skin areas tend to exhibit less wrinkles. The appearance of mature skin can be improved by making a few lifestyle changes. Try to reduce sugar and refined carbohydrates in your diet, and include healthy fats, such as avocado and olive oil. When you're choosing cosmetics like moisturizer, lipstick or foundation, find ones that contain an SPF of at least 30. However, these should not replace the regular use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Finally, stay hydrated. Well-hydrated skin can diminish the appearance of fine lines and provide a more even texture to your complexion.

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