• Question: Why do we get wrinkles?

    Asked by whgraceandaim to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 3 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 3 Jul 2012:

      From memory, we get wrinkles because as we age our skin starts to lose some of its elasticity and so it starts to sag. It’s because the levels of certain molecules in our skin change as we get older and unfortunately no one has yet come up with a good way to stop this!

    • Photo: Michael Cook

      Michael Cook answered on 3 Jul 2012:

      I have some wrinkles on my face from raising my eyebrows a lot – I’m not sure if this is the same as the wrinkles caused by old age, but it might be related to what Emma said about skin’s elasticity. When skin is more elastic, it can return to its normal position (being nice and flat) quite easily.