‘Fine lines and wrinkles.’ Now there’s a phrase you’ll see, read and hear about a lot if you’re interested in battling the signs of aging. But have you ever really thought about the difference between a line and a wrinkle? Or if there even is a difference?
Like whisky and bourbon, and gelato and ice cream, any connoisseur will tell you fine lines and wrinkles are TOTALLY unique. But similar to bread and toast, and Cheers and Frasier, without one, the other wouldn’t even exist.
Confused? Thought so. This is why we caught up with Zanoli Kozlowski, National Director of Education and Training at ZO Skin Health so she could impart her professional wisdom and give us the facts about how to look after the lines… so the wrinkles can look after themselves.
What Is A Fine Line?
“Fine lines are more superficial than wrinkles and have several causes including dehydration, aging, impaired barrier function, lifestyle changes and environmental factors like photodamage from UV radiation,” Zanoli explains.
Fine lines are often referred to as expression lines due to them being most prevalent in areas where repeated muscle movement occurs such as around the outer corners of the eyes, on the forehead, cheeks, between the brows and at the side of the mouth. Yes, that means if you’re an expressive kind of person, you’re more likely to develop fine lines at a younger age than your poker-faced counterparts. Aha, so that’s Victoria Beckham’s real reason for rarely cracking a smile…
What Is A Wrinkle?
Found almost anywhere on the face (and body for that matter), wrinkles are thicker, deeper and definitely more noticeable than their delicate, younger, fine line cousins.
“A wrinkle manifests deeper in the skin and generally occurs when the causes mentioned above are left untreated,” Zanoli says.
Important to remember, however, is that similar to how a line can develop into a wrinkle, a wrinkle can also be turned back into a fine line. High fives. If you treat it with the right ingredients and lifestyle choices, of course.
Should Lines Be Treated Differently To Wrinkles?
“Absolutely, but first you need to find out the cause of the lines or wrinkles so you can treat this before you start to repair the damage. This means you need to ensure your skin has a healthy barrier, is well hydrated and is tolerant and strong,” says Zanoli.
“If your line has already turned into a wrinkle, you’ll also need to ensure you boost its collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production by incorporating the correct ingredients into your skincare.” OK, we can do that. But what are those ingredients?
“And when it comes to deeper wrinkles, they need all of the above, plus targeted ingredients like hydrolyzed sericin, vitamin C and peptides. Finally, one more tip is to use sunscreen every day. This is the number one preventative measure for preventing fine lines and, in time, wrinkles.”
So, How Can You Stop A Line From Becoming A Wrinkle?
“Healthy skin is always the focus and if I had to mention one ingredient that helps the skin in many ways it would be retinol. Retinol improves skin firmness, texture, complexion and cell turnover resulting in a reduction in fine lines as well as wrinkles. To put it simply, it’s a phenomenal anti-aging ingredient,” explains Zanoli.
We’ve always been big advocates of retinol and are in love with ZO Skin Health Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème which is packed with the stuff.
Also, try feeding your skin from within to boost hydration and keep your skin supple and smooth. How so? By upping your intake of things like avocados, coconut oil and oily fish. Soy, garlic and, funnily enough, oysters are also great for boosting collagen.
Written by: Georgia Gould