After a long soak in the tub, your skin will wrinkle, and after years and years of sun exposure, your skin will wrinkle. While the wrinkles from your bath will disappear within minutes, it’s not that easy to rid your skin of the wrinkles caused by sun damage; this little example clearly shows that all wrinkles are not created equal. In fact, there are five distinct types of wrinkles; each one has a different cause and, therefore, a different approach to get rid of them. Ahead, we’ll look at different types of wrinkles and what you can do about them.
Also known as dynamic lines, expression wrinkles are caused by a combination of a loss in elasticity and repeatedly making the same expression over and over again; think crow’s feet from smiling and frown lines. Remember that unlike other parts of the body, facial muscles are attached directly to the skin tissue. So when you make certain facial expressions like a smile or a frown, you’re causing the muscle just under your skin to expand and contract. These movements tend to cause temporary creases in the skin; however, they can become permanent and even deepen over time.
Expression lines are just a part of your face, and there’s little you can do in terms of prevention. You can, however, minimize the appearance of this type of wrinkle with injectable neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport.
Often caused by a loss of elasticity from sun damage, elastic wrinkles are characterized by deep lines in the skin where the skin creases naturally; think wrinkles in your neck, upper lip, and cheeks.
To combat elastic wrinkles, try incorporating exfoliating peels or chemical peels into your skincare routine.
Gravitational folds are simply a result of the aging process. As mature skin loses elasticity and collagen, it begins to lose its firmness and sag. As a result, the skin starts to pull away from the underlying muscle, and it appears to droop and fold; think jowls on your cheeks or the upper eyelid.
Gravitational folds are just par for the course with aging. While you may not be able to get rid of these wrinkles altogether, you can minimize their appearance with injectables and fillers that target specific areas of your face to lift sagging skin and add volume.
While most people tend to see oily skin as an annoyance, that oil serves a real purpose: keeping the skin supple and lubricated; however, as we age, our skin begins to throttle back on oil production. The epidermal glands responsible for that oil production begin to shrink, and once this protective layer of oil abates, the skin begins to look crepey, dry, and, you guessed it — wrinkled. These resulting wrinkles are known as dry wrinkles, and they are most often found on the forehead or decollete.
The best way to get rid of dry wrinkles is to reassess your skincare routine and choose products and treatments that replenish your skin’s moisture. Products that contain hyaluronic acid and facials that offer intense hydration can go a long way toward restoring lost moisture and plumping the skin.
Unlike other wrinkles, compression wrinkles stem from a more physical source; most often, these wrinkles are formed as a result of compression on the skin. The clearest example of compression wrinkles is sleeping on your pillow overnight and waking up with a wrinkle in your skin.
While compression wrinkles will fall out or smooth as the day wears on, they can become permanent without a long-term change in your sleeping habits. To effectively combat compression wrinkles, be sure to use a hydrating moisturizer at night and consider changing your sleep position to your back.
Visit milk + honey to Help Get Rid of Your Wrinkles
Now that you know about the most common types of wrinkles, it’s time to take action to reduce or get rid of them. Prevention is the best method, but if you already see wrinkles then contact milk + honey Medical Aesthetics to schedule an injectable treatment with our licensed estheticians.