Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?

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Offline thedoc

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Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?
« on: 17/06/2012 00:30:01 »
Olatunji asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris,

Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?

Thanks.

Olatunji

What do you think?
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Re: Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?
« Reply #1 on: 22/06/2012 05:58:05 »
Probably because of high solar exposure.
 

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Re: Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?
« Reply #2 on: 24/06/2012 03:50:06 »
I don't know how true this is (due to a lack of specimens and baskets  ;) ), but in Benjamin Franklin's Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress (1745), he states:

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5. Because in every Animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever: So that covering all above with a Basket, and regarding only what is below the Girdle, it is impossible of two Women to know an old from a young one.

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Re: Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?
« Reply #3 on: 12/07/2012 04:22:14 »
That is an interesting theory, heretofore unheard of by myself. It appears there are things I do not yet know.
 

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Re: Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?
« Reply #4 on: 12/07/2012 06:44:26 »
I would wonder if the face is what a person notices, but the wrinkles are also occurring in other places such as on the hands.

It may also have to do with the thin skin around the eyes, and a significant amount of movement of the facial skin with blinking the eyes, facial expressions, eating, and etc.

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Re: Why do humans get wrinkles on the face first?
« Reply #5 on: 12/07/2012 07:12:33 »
my hands and arms were the first to wrinkle... my face has been the last but I am not a sunbather..so less exposure to my face..more to arms and hands traveling in car or ouside under tree or a hat with no sleeves or sunscreen..They loose moisture badly and being dehydrated does add seriously to the lack of soft supple unwrinkled skin...

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