Let’s face it: practically no one is immune to fine lines and wrinkles. These creases in our skin are the sign of aging, sun damage, and excessive facial expressions. Essentially, they signal a life well-lived.
If you’re concerned about developing wrinkles, there are a few things you can do to prevent them. Or if you’re already fallen prey to wrinkles, you can nip them in the bud with a few lifestyle changes and a few at-home, over-the-counter, prescription, or in-office treatments.
Find out how to help your face evade the hands of time.
Just to add insult to injury, there are several different types of fine lines and wrinkles that can wreak havoc on your skin. Some of the most common include:
Lines and wrinkles can be caused by a wide variety of factors. The most common reason for wrinkles is the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Essentially, old age does this to us.
As we grow older, our bodies stop producing collagen, and our skin loses the collagen we’ve got. Collagen is the stuff that makes skin elastic, so it’s important to keep skin looking smooth.
One of the other common causes of wrinkles is using facial expressions. That’s right, being happy, sad, or mad can cause wrinkles. The good news is that if your wrinkles are caused by excessive happiness, you probably don’t need to worry too much.
Some of the most common facial expressions that lead to lines and wrinkles include smiling, laughing, and frowning.
Also, the thinner your skin, the more likely you are to develop wrinkles early on. People with lighter skin tones often have dryer, thinner skin that contains less melanin and is more prone to wrinkles.
Other causes of wrinkles include:
All of the above lifestyle choices can break down the collagen and elastin in the skin, which means they can all lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
Obviously, you’ll know when you start developing fine lines and wrinkles: when you see the writing on the wall (or, your face, as it were).
Yet, wrinkles often appear first near the eyes, nose, lips, and forehead. They often start as fine lines and deepen over time.
When it comes to wrinkles, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. If you haven’t already started seeing evidence of fine lines on your face, you should still watch out for some of the most common causes. Even if you’re already seeing crow’s feet, laugh lines, or other wrinkles, you might want to check out these prevention tips to ensure your fine lines don’t multiply.
If you want to prevent more wrinkles (or all wrinkles), we recommend a few lifestyle choices, including:
If you are already starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles, fear not! There’s plenty you can do to reverse the signs of aging, turn back the hands of time, and prevent future damage to your skin. Some products may take a few weeks to a few months to begin showing results. The most common treatments for wrinkles include:
*Denotes a procedure performed in a hospital or dermatologist’s office.
**Denotes a procedure that may require an overnight stay or may not be considered an ‘out-patient’ procedure.
Most of the above medical treatments are out-patient procedures.
Side effects may include itching, burning, redness, and/or dryness — but usually go away after a few days to a few weeks. Other side effects may include swelling, redness, and bruising. Any in-patient surgery will result in longer downtime and/or recovery time.
Over-the-counter creams require constant use, as the ingredients aren’t intended for long-term use. They may be a bit cheaper on the front end, but you might want to consider that you may need to buy them monthly or bi-monthly indefinitely.
If you’ve started developing fine lines and wrinkles or simply want to prevent skin issues before they start, check out our list of digital clinics that can help you keep your skin glowing and smooth.