Is There a Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
Fine lines and wrinkles are two common signs of skin aging that in case you haven't realized — are likely to appear on your face one day. Skin naturally loses moisture and elasticity as you age and as fat in the deeper layers of your skin breaks down, lines become more pronounced.
It’s totally possible to embrace aging skin while addressing fine lines and wrinkles so if you fall into that category, keep reading to learn the difference between fine lines and wrinkles along with our best anti-aging tips to confront them.
What Are Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
Chances are you already know what wrinkles are and you might lump fine lines into the same category but, they’re actually different. Think of fine lines as baby wrinkles — they’re not wrinkles yet but create the basis for them.
Fine lines are created when you continue to make the same facial expressions — leading to repeatedly contracting muscles, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). With continued contracting of those same muscles, the fine lines mature and turn into deep wrinkles that become permanent.
Wrinkles are deeper, more prominent lines and are much harder to reduce the appearance of. In short, think of fine lines as the precursor to wrinkles.
- Maximize Hydration
Skin naturally loses moisture as you get older, so the key to any good anti-aging routine is to put back what’s lost — hydration. To maximize your skin’s hydration levels, layer serums under moisturizer. As the AAD explains, moisturizer literally traps hydration on your skin, which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face over time.
- Don’t Neglect the Under-Eye Area
The skin around your eye area is very delicate — it’s the thinnest on your entire face so naturally, it needs extra moisture. Whatever your age, skin type, or skin care concerns, consider investing in a quality eye cream that will keep the eye area hydrated.
- Or Your Neck and Chest a.k.a. Décolletage
We often spend so much time and energy caring for our complexion that we forget about other areas that are quick to show signs of aging skin — like the décolletage. Décolletage is a French word that refers to your neck and upper chest. Taking perfect care of your complexion can only go so far if you’re not caring for your neck and chest along with it.
If you’re unsure where to start — just extend the skin care routine that you apply to your face down to your neck and upper chest. This means applying a moisturizer and SPF to your décolletage daily along with your hydrating serum and moisturizer at night.
- Wear SPF
SPF reigns supreme in any skin care routine. Like it or not, every time you’re outdoors without sun protection, the sun’s rays are damaging your skin, according to the AAD. Over time, this damage builds up and can increase the appearance of wrinkles, so the best solution is to use routine SPF to slow down the signs of sun damage.
- Use an Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Lock in moisture and address your aging skin concerns while you sleep with the help of a moisturizer.