Reading Between the (Fine) Lines

We spend a lot of time thinking about wrinkles—from the crow’s feet around our eyes to the furrows that form between our brows. While they are a sign of aging, fine lines and wrinkles also can be a reflection of a life lived well—from the sorrows and stresses we’ve overcome to the joy and laughter we’ve enjoyed. We’ve got the details on types of wrinkles, what can cause them and how to slow them.

static vs. dynamic
Wrinkles and fine lines generally fall into two categories: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles occur as we age due to the loss of elasticity in our skin that naturally occurs. Gravity takes over, causing the skin to droop and crease. An example is wrinkles that form alongside jowls. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeated facial movements. For example, if you frequently drink from a straw, the regular pursing of your lips could lead to the formation of fine lines. Dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles over time. For example, crow’s feet are caused by muscle contraction, but their appearance deepens with the loss of elastin and collagen in the skin that comes with age.

the lines of our lives

a wrinkle-reducing lifestyle
No, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles later in life, you don’t have to avoid making any facial expressions that might contract a muscle around your eyes and lips. Skin damage that could lead to earlier or more prominent wrinkles can be thwarted. Along with a good skin care routine (don’t forget sunscreen!), here are some simple changes you can implement.

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