How to Treat Fine Lines
What are the fine lines?
As the name itself suggests fine lines are small and shallow lines that appear on the face. They are the first indicators of ageing. We tend to find them mostly around the eyes and mouth and around the areas of the face that we tend to move the most with our expressions.
As you age, fine lines turn into wrinkles and folds – the reason behind this is collagen and elastin beneath the surface of your skin begins to break down. Wrinkles appear in different areas of the face and are deeper. On a more technical level, fine lines are less than two millimeters deep and are associated with the earliest signs of ageing.
Major causes of fine lines
- Repetitive movements (frowning, smiling, squinting, and laughing)
- Side sleeping
- Sun exposure (ultraviolet rays coming from the sun can damage the skin)
- Ageing (ageing has a major effect on forming fine lines)
- Loss of collagen and elastin
- Fair skin (fine lines can make themselves appear more prominently on lighter skin tones)
- Dry skin
What Are Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are a natural part of ageing. They tend to be more prominent on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, neck, hands, and forearms.
Genetics have a key role in determine your skin structure and texture, sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles, especially for people with lighter skin tones. Pollutants and smoking can also play a significant role in damaging the skin and therefore resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and other sorts of diseases.
The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Many people mix fine lines and wrinkles with each other without knowing the difference. There are actually considerable differences between the two. Not only do they appear on different areas of your face, treating the symptoms of both are an effort.
Fine lines are mostly superficial. They do not penetrate deep and lie as the topmost layer of your skin. They do not have much depth as that of wrinkles. fine lines are less than two millimeters deep. People do not notice these lines forming because they are so minor and cannot be easily visible. They will start to form in your twenties and early thirties.
1 - Use a good SPF
Exposure to UV light causes fine and sometimes deep wrinkles, irregular pigmentation and a leathery, rough skin texture. Generously apply sunscreen daily and reapply it after 2 to 3 hours. Even if you are residing inside. Make sure your sunscreen contains a physical block ingredient, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
2 - Using Vitamin E and retinol/peptides
Vitamin E can help protect the skin against UVB damage, on the other hand, retinol, a form of vitamin A, can reduce the visual effects of decreased collagen production. Minerals like copper and zinc are also very beneficial, they can improve the appearance of skin affected by decreases in elastin production, particularly around the eyes. You can take the advantage by applying Soy, which is also a very powerful antioxidant and can counter act collagen loss in the body.