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Fine lines are small and shallow, usually attributed to repeated movements that include frowning, squinting, laughing, sipping, and raising eyebrows. The good news is that fine lines are superficial, which means they’ll respond well to corrective measures compared to deeper wrinkles. Keep in mind that the aging of your skin is normal and natural. The aging process affects every organ and every cell and proceeds at different rates. However, due to its visibility, the skin organ and cells will show signs of aging first. Though fine lines are most commonly found around your eyes and mouth, they can also appear on your forehead, eyebrows, and chin. Besides the obvious impact of aging, there are other contributing factors that can increase the likelihood of fine lines appearing. These factors include:

  • Smoking: Smokers are more prone to expression lines due to mouth puckering. In addition, the blood supply to your skin is affected by smoking. This can damage your skin earlier than mere aging alone would do.
  • Fair skin: People with very pale and fair skin have an increased risk of developing fine lines. Using adequate sun protection can help. The fair skin risk is mainly due to photoaging being more likely.
  • The Sun: Affecting everyone, the more sun exposure you have without proper protection the more likely you are to damage your skin thanks to the sun’s radiation. It is important to note that people with more melanin in their skin are at a reduced risk, but should still be careful with sun exposure for other health reasons like skin cancer.
  • Genetic makeup: If your family has fine lines and wrinkles, then you are likely to develop them too. This is due to the natural predisposition of inheriting physical traits from your parents and extended family.

Keep in mind that lifestyle choices and preventative skin care can help you halt and mitigate the impact of fine lines. The earlier you practice good skin care the better your chances of keeping your youthful appearance longer. Continue reading to learn more about the impact aging has on fine lines and getting help in managing your fine lines. Once you have reached your 20s, the skin begins producing less collagen. Collagen production has been estimated to decrease by as much as one percent a year. In addition, the ability to remove dead skin cells is decreased by nearly 30%. This causes the collagen to become looser. In your 30s, the skin loses its ability to transport moisture, causing fat cells to shrink and the skin to become duller and thinner in appearance. In the 40s and 50s, your skin stops producing collagen and becomes drier while bruising more easily, which is a direct impact that aging has on your skin. As fine lines accumulate, they deepen as you age due to the decline in collagen and elastin performance. This less optimal function directly translates to a reduced ability for the skin to pop back into place after smiling or making a facial expression. While fine lines are the beginning of your skin’s aging, it’s not the end. Reducing or eliminating fine lines can help you prevent the more significant signs of aging, such as deeper wrinkles, creases, and folds. Some ways to manage your fine lines include:

  • Sleep
  • Sunglasses
  • Protective clothing for the sun
  • Reduce stress
  • Sunscreen
  • Vitamin regimen
  • Moisturizers
  • Drinking enough water
  • And more

These natural and preventative measures help you maintain your skin’s youthful appearance by helping you maintain your health, protect against photoaging, and minimizing the effect of facial expressions to reduce the likelihood of fine lines. When your DIY measures don’t work as well as you’d like, there are numerous professional, non-surgical medical treatments that can take your skin to the next level of clarity and youthfulness such as:

Working with a practitioner who is an expert on treating fine lines can help you reverse the clock on your appearance.  Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing fine lines as well as qualified practitioners for this concern is at your fingertips. Keep in mind that your health and safety comes first with any solution. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with practitioners that are licensed, verified experts focused on fine lines causes and concerns.