Do You Know The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

What exactly is the difference between fine lines and wrinkles?

Fine lines are also known as “expression lines” which are a result of the natural movement of your facial muscles when used to smile or frown. On the other hand a wrinkle unfortunately is deeper and is a result of the natural process of ageing, environmental and genetic factors and even repetitive facial movements can progress to a wrinkle when excessive.

What can cause fine lines and wrinkles?

In your 20’s

In your late 20’s to mid-30’s you enter what is termed pre-aging, and at this stage you may notice fine lines around your eyes and mouth or dark spots from sun damage. And while ‘pre-ageing’ is quite a depressing term for all those on the brink of turning 30, it isn’t all bad news – as long as you are using the right skin care products. If there was ever an ingredient that fit the bill of ‘fountain of youth’ than retinol it is. This do-it-all anti-ageing ingredient increases cell cycle turnover, promotes collagen, decreases pore size and is a scavenger of sun damage. And because retinol acts to shed pore-clogging dead skin, it can help clear up the adult acne that you may get at this stage in life.

Try: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance . Delivers a power packed formula featuring Retinol (Vitamin A) which helps increase elasticity and reverse the signs of photo aging, antioxidant vitamins C and E that reduce skin-damaging free radical activity.

In your 30’s

Your thirties mark an era of indecisiveness for your skin – you’ll get oiler and drier! The oil glands actually increase in size on your face during this time which leads to larger pores, however regardless of how oily your complexion may seem your skin loses its ability to retain water in your 30’s. As the energy levels of your skin declines, the first wrinkles on your forehead may appear, and it is vital during this period to ensure that you use skin care treatments infused with SPF. Preventing sun exposure prevents skin ageing. This is the perfect time to introduce antioxidants into your skin care regime.

In your 40’s

Skin becomes dry, wrinkles around the eyes become pronounced and the processes within the skin which it keep it youthful, fresh and vital slow down. Blood circulation reduces to the skin, limiting the nutrients it receives; this is the time when premature ageing begins to show its full effect.

Try: Thalgo Hyaluronic Cream . Smooth’s the face and fills deep set wrinkles in just under an hour.Effectively fights the appearance of visible wrinkles, promotes youthful looking skin as Marine Hyaluronic Complex boosts the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid to restore tone and firmness to the skin.

In your 50’s

Try: Clarins Double Serum . Winner "Editor's Choice" & "Reader's Choice" - Her World Beauty Awards 2013 this is the only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that boosts the skin's vital functions. A unique formula that can be used in two ways for a visibly youthful look: - skin looks firmer as wrinkles appear smoother and your skin is nourished from within.

Which fine lines and wrinkles fact surprises you the most? What’s your best anti-ageing tip?

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