8 Surprising Causes of Wrinkles

8 Surprising Causes of Wrinkles


This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our weekly newsletter where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.

This week we will discuss “8 Surprising Causes of Wrinkles.” If you missed any of our past newsletters, please check them out here on our blog.

Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be taken up with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.


You’ve probably heard the common causes of wrinkles before: age, sun, gravity, laughing, frowning, and more. While those are all factors, there may be some unexpected reasons that could be prematurely adding to the lines and wrinkles on your face.  

  1. Mobile Device

We’ve listed this first because it’s the most underrated cause of wrinkles. Glancing down at your phone or tablet in your hands can cause creases in your neck and lead to wrinkles! Your neck has very thin skin, so it can be harder to fight wrinkles on your neck than on your face.

Protect your neck by raising your arms up to eye level when checking your phone. Try to keep your head up as much as possible.  

  1. Squinting

The sun creates wrinkles in more ways than just the UV rays. Looking into the sun or staying out on a sunny day causes inadvertent squinting (especially if you have lighter colored eyes). Squinting can create wrinkles and lines around the eyes and on the forehead.

The solution? Wear sunglasses. Also, make sure your glasses or contacts prescription is correct to ensure you aren’t squinting throughout the day. Follow this up with an eye gel to help fight wrinkles and soothe eye bags post-squint.

  1. Makeup

As we discussed in a previous article, chemicals in makeup as well as the application and removal of makeup can cause wrinkles. When applying makeup, you often pull at your face to put on eyeliner or lip-liner, which creates deep-set fine lines. Similarly, when you remove your makeup, harsh scrubbing can damage your skin and cause it to wrinkle faster.

Use your ring finger—the weakest digit—to apply makeup to the under eye area and around the lips. Apply foundation in upward strokes to fight against gravity. Most importantly, start your makeup routine with a brightening toner and end it after makeup removal with a retinol cream on sensitive areas. This will help keep your skin youthful and vibrant after a long day of makeup wear.

  1. Chewing gum

That’s right! Chewing gum moves and distorts the skin around your mouth, creating fine lines that can quickly worsen over time. The same is true with straws. If you are an avid iced coffee drinker, skip the straw and try sipping out of the side of your cup. Straws force you to pucker your lips, which can create frown lines. Try to kick the gum and straw habits!

  1. Resting your chin

Do you do the “thinking man” position often? This is the posture when you rest your chin in your hands. You’ll realize that you push your chin upwards, which forms a crease between your chin and your lower lip—creating a long, deep wrinkle! (This position is also bad for your jaw muscles and tooth enamel.)

Sit up straight without resting your head in your hands. Working out your core will help give you better posture to avoid this bad habit. A hyaluronic acid serum is also a great way to help lower inflammation and lock in moisture, working to protect your chin from that “thinking line”!

  1. Sleeping habits  

Are you a stomach sleeper? Sleeping on your stomach or side could be squishing your face into your pillow, forming skin folds. For eight hours, that can cause some serious wrinkling in your skin!

If you can’t change your sleeping position to your back, switch to a satin pillowcase. Satin will mesh to your face and let your natural skin folds smooth out. Also consider using a night cream that boosts collagen production to fight against those sleepy wrinkles.

  1. Jogging

Running is great for you, but it jars your skin! It can loosen and tear microscopic binds in your skin, which may lead to sagging and wrinkling long-term. If you’re an avid runner, keep it up! However, consider running on a surface like grass or mud to avoid the harsh jostle that comes with concrete or a treadmill.

  1. Sweet tooth

We all know that sugar is not great for your weight, but it’s also bad for your skin. Research has found that sugar attacks fats and proteins in your skin cells in a process called glycation. This causes cells to become stiff and malformed, actually breaking down the collagen and elastin in them. Ultimately, sugar makes your skin less supple.

But you don’t need to skip out on every piece of chocolate. Fight off those sugars with healthy, natural age defying moisturizers and serums.  

You don’t need to change everything about your life to keep your skin youthful and supple. Take simple precautions to keep your face free of daily “folds” and pamper your skin with an organic and brightening skincare routine.