Smile lines may sound fun, but anyone who suffers from these fine lines knows that they’re actually no picnic. If you think it’s too soon to be seeing fine lip wrinkles, there are several potential factors you can blame. Smile lines can be attributed to several primary causes. Obviously, one of the first is smiling. Some people feel that developing smile lines is a sign of aging gracefully, but sometimes these lines can become too prominent too quickly. The area around the lips and mouth is especially thing and sensitive. As we make facial expressions, the repetitive muscle contractions lead to lasting creases and, ultimately, the formation of smile lines. Other factors are environmental. Free radicals in air pollution cause skin damage that leads to more dramatically pronounced wrinkles. While some sources, like car exhaust or vent-born dust, are unavoidable, one of the biggest culprits when we’re looking at smile lines has to be smoking. It stands to reason that, especially for heavy smokers, the amount of free radical causing pollution is exponentially higher than for non-smokers, which is why they see deeper mouth wrinkles much sooner too.
There are several approaches one can take when smile lines start to become a serious concern. Since this area of the skin is so delicate, it’s usually not the best candidate for traditional cosmetic surgery techniques. Fortunately, there are topical alternatives, as well as some simple lifestyle changes, that can help reduce existing smile lines, as well as prevent the formation of new ones.
For starters, look for a topical product that has been proven to boost collagen production. As we age, our body produces less collagen than it did when we were young. The result is a “dryer” skin tone that is more prone to wrinkles and creases. In the past couple of years, tremendous advances have been made in collagen research, and the result is new, synthesized peptides such as the groundbreaking Matrixyl 3000. This ingredient has been shown to measurably increase collagen production, and using it consistently will begin to reverse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Second, to help fight smile lines, you can find a product that effectively stretches the skin. Some ingredients, commonly referred to within the industry as “tesnors”, can effectively stretch skin molecules. How these work is that, when these molecules come in contact with the air after being stored in a liquid solution, they stretch out, stretching skin cells along with them.
The third thing you can do to get rid of lip wrinkles and smile lines is to just relax. It might sound surprising, but many people carry a lot of stress-related tension in their jaw. Clenching your jaw and pursing your lips are both thing that you may not realize your doing but that, over time, can create wrinkles around the mouth. Practice relaxing your face in the mirror, or ask a massage therapist or spa professional about relaxing breathing techniques.