Smile lines, often referred to as laugh lines, are caused by repeated facial movements to the same area and can increase the signs of visible aging by, well, a lot. And although choosing not to move parts of your face while they’re still wrinkle-free is an effective approach, there are other alternatives to help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines once they’ve already set in. For tips on how to help smooth the appearance of smile lines, we turned to board-certified and Skincare.com consulting dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD.
WHAT CAUSES SMILE LINES TO FORM?
some, laugh lines are only visible in the act of smiling or squinting.
For others, these lines are permanent features of the face — even when
it is at rest. This can happen due to excess sun damage, the natural
passing of time, and — of course — repeated facial movements.
Unfortunately, the more repeated expressions you make with your face,
the more apparent those creases will appear over time. “Smile lines
around your mouth are caused by repeated folding of the skin from
smiling,” Dr. Zeichner says. “This along with losses in volume in the
face that occur naturally with age can cause smile lines to form.” Each
time you perform a facial movement, a groove forms beneath the surface
of the skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. With time and the natural
loss of skin flexibility, these grooves have a hard time springing back
into place and can eventually become permanent.
HOW TO IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF SMILE LINES
news is you can still improve the appearance of smile lines without
forfeiting your smile. Ultimately, it comes down to staying loyal to a
skin-care regimen focused on hydration. “At home, consider a mask
designed for the lines,” advises Zeichner. “Many contain skin hydrating
ingredients both to plump and strengthen the look of skin.” Keep in
mind, however, that these products help to temporarily reduce the
appearance of smile lines, but not prevent wrinkles from forming
DON’T FORGET BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN
you know that the way you live and move day to day can have an effect on
how your skin ages overtime. If you aren’t being diligent with your sun
protection, you’re increasing your chances of developing premature fine
lines and wrinkles. Turning to skin hydrators that boast anti-aging
benefits are a great place to start, but nothing is more important than a
layer of broad-spectrum SPF each and every day prior to heading
outdoors. Cleveland Clinic recommends using both sunscreen and physical
blockers (think: zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) to protect your skin
from the sun. Reach for one with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of
15 or higher. For the best line of protection, pair your sunscreen use
with additional measures such as seeking shade, wearing protective
clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours — between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. —
when the rays are strongest.
PRODUCTS TO REDUCE SMILE LINES
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
potent blend of l-absorbic acid (also known as pure vitamin C), ascorbyl
glucoside and hyaluronic acid is formulated to reduce fine lines and
wrinkles, while also improving skin’s overall radiance and texture.
Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5
to a concentrated pure retinol cream can help diminish the appearance of
multiple signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. For retinol
beginners, we recommend Retinol 0.5 at night. Becausee retinol is a
powerful ingredient, it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s
harmful UV rays. Follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher in the
morning. And if it’s your first time using retinol, start out by
applying the product once a week to build up a tolerance.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask
During sleep, your skin undergoes natural self-repair, so take advantage of this time by applying a hydrating leave-on mask. Formulated with Pro-Xylane and infused with the botanical extract centella asiatica, this night treatment helps plump and re-firm the skin, improving the appearance of facial contours.