Nasolabial folds? Marionette lines? Parentheses? It seems like every name for smile lines sounds worse than the next.
What are Smile Lines?
Laugh lines or smile lines, technically known as nasolabial folds, are the vertical creases on either side of your mouth that can run from your nose all the way to your chin. The more you laugh or smile, the more pronounced they can become.
What Causes Smile Lines?
When you’re young, your resilient, collagen-rich skin bounces back quickly. But as we age, skin loses collagen and elasticity. Smile lines inevitably become more pronounced, but certain lifestyle and environmental factors can make them worse.
Some people think the way to prevent smile lines is to stop smiling altogether, with some going so far as to wear patches on their face to prevent movement. There are better ways to avoid nasolabial folds; a few simple lifestyle choices will make the most difference!
We can’t say it enough, limit sun exposure & use a good sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays, they’re the single most important things you can do for your future self!
Not only do the chemicals in cigarettes damage collagen & elastin, the weird facial expressions you make when you smoke become etched into this damaged skin making lines deeper. Just don’t
Use an Antioxidant Serum
Free radicals & other environmental aggressors can also cause skin damage that leads to smile lines. Use a product that offers antioxidant protection, especially during the day.
Invest in a good over-the-counter retinol (dermatologists’ favorite anti-wrinkle ingredient!) to speed turnover of skin cells & keep your face looking fresh, smooth & line-free.
One or twice a week, gently exfoliate your skin to remove old, dull cells and reveal a fresher, younger-looking complexion with fewer visible lines & wrinkles.
Moisturize & protect your skin AM & PM with a good quality moisturizer that helps protect your skin & minimize moisture loss.