What are Fine Lines and Wrinkles? How do They Form?
Fine lines and wrinkles, along with gray hair, are among the most obvious and well known (not to mention feared!) telltale signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles, while they may appear in different parts of the body, usually start somewhere in the eye area as this area has thin skin, and where a lot of blood vessels are gathered.
Fine lines and wrinkles start to form due to different factors. One of these factors is skin aging. When skin starts to age, it loses volume and collagen areas that used to be plumper start to sink, which then become these fine lines (which then turn into wrinkles). Apart form the natural causes, habits like squinting, frowning and even laughing do contribute to the formation of wrinkles. The formation of wrinkles is also attributed to lack of hydration (not drinking enough water) and not getting enough sleep.
What is the Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
Essentially, wrinkles start out as fine lines. These usually start to appear in the face, particularly in the corners of the eyes, as it is a delicate area where skin is thin. Wrinkles, if compared to fine lines, are actually deeper lines that are normally found around the face and other parts of the body.
When the skin around the eye area starts to age, you will start to see fine lines at first. If left untreated, they will turn into wrinkles. It is important to note though, that when it comes to wrinkles, it is only a matter of time before they start to show up on the skin. Getting facial treatments, no matter how mild or invasive, can only really slow down the process of aging (specifically getting wrinkles).
What Types of Area are Mostly Affected?
In all honestly, all areas of the skin are vulnerable to getting wrinkles however, areas that have thin skin like the eye area, and neck are more likely to show signs of wrinkles and fine lines earlier than other parts of the body. When it comes to treating wrinkles and fine lines, it is best to focus on the eye area, face, and neck because this area is the first place that the different skin-aging agents like harmful UV rays, hit and is also the area that most people see when they look at you. If you want to keep the formation of fine lines and wrinkles under control*, it is strongly suggested that you focus on the areas with thin and delicate skin: the eye area, face and neck.
At What age Fine Lines and Wrinkles Occur?
Fine lines usually start to appear sometime around the mid-twenties (more or less*). Around this time, the skin starts to age. Lifestyle factors like neglecting to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen, lack of sleep as well as smoking and drinking all play a part in making the skin vulnerable to fine lines and wrinkles. It is best to control* your own lifestyle as early as possible if you want keep yourself looking young and glowing!
What Causes Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around the Eyes as One Grows Older?
Aging is a fact of life, which everyone will go through at some point in their lives the same can be said about wrinkles. There are a number of causes that are associated with wrinkles and fine lines, especially those that appear around the eyes. As previously mentioned, this area is vulnerable and delicate, and no matter what you do, whether it’s nature or other factors, wrinkles and fine lines will appear in this area it is only a question of when these wrinkles and lines will appear and what you can do to prevent it.
As we get older, our body will go through a lot of changes. The skin naturally loses elasticity and firmness as we age, which causes the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Other factors associated with causing wrinkles are squinting, laughing ever notice how lines appear around the eyes and mouth when you contort your face? In your younger years, your face will immediately bounce back to its original state. However, once the skin starts to age and loses its elasticity, those lines will start to settle and eventually become wrinkles. Factors like lack of sleep and hydration make the situation worse.
What most people need to know about wrinkles and fine lines (especially the ones around they eye area) is that the process of skin aging and damage start before these issues start to become visible. By the time you start to see the fine lines, the skin damage is already quite extensive, which may prompt you to panic a little.
What Factors Promote Wrinkles Around the Eyes?
There are a lot of underlying causes for fine lines and wrinkles that have been discussed. There are external causes that aggravate the symptoms and make the skin even more vulnerable to getting fine lines and wrinkles sometimes, much sooner than anticipated. Some of these factors include smoking, drinking, lack of sleep and a bad diet. These bad habits play a role in sucking out the skin’s moisture and natural glow and plumpness. Another often looked-over factor that may promote wrinkles around the eyes is using too much makeup too often the ritual of putting it on and taking it off makes the skin extra sensitive. As with squinting and laughing, the rubbing, tugging and stretching of the eye area promotes* the loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin.
These external factors can actually be helped quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, sleep earlier and eat foods that are rich in antioxidants! Making a lifestyle change is not an easy task, but you can be assured that the benefits of making these changes will outweigh the little sacrifices that you will have to make along the way.
What Medical Treatments and Cosmetic Procedures are Available for Eye Wrinkles?
Eye cream and a healthy lifestyle will work wonders for the face and body, especially if you start at an early age. Unfortunately, there are people who tend to neglect skin care, and when they finally start to take care of their skin, it’s too late. By then, they already have wrinkles, and it would be so much harder to do damage control*. This is where cosmetic procedures factor in: chemical peels, Botox, fillers, eyelifts are just a few examples of what a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist might be able to do for you. The goal of these procedures is to restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance.