Are you struggling with pesky fine lines? Fine lines can be bothersome, but the good news is that they are generally easier to minimize than true wrinkles.
Deep wrinkles can be a sign of stress on the skin, a depletion of collagen, and a loss of skin elasticity. Fine lines, however, lurk in the thinnest parts of our face — small problem areas where the skin is more delicate.
If you’ve lived a life full of smiles and laughter, you may have quite a few fine lines around your mouth to tell the tale. They can be at the tapered ends of your lips, sitting directly on the right and left sides, or they might radiate out a bit further. Either way, they can be a real nuisance. We’re here to give you the clearest and easiest advice on how to fade those lines away.
How Are Wrinkles and Fine Lines Different?
Before you proceed with treatment, it’s a good idea to figure out what exactly you’re targeting. Wrinkles are deeper set lines in the skin, which commonly appear as folds or creases. Fine lines, like crow's feet and laugh lines, are more likely to present near the mouth and on the side of the eyes because the skin there is not thick enough to sag. Fine lines tend to be more subtle, softer lines across the face.
Wrinkles are closely related to changes in the dermis and hypodermis (where your fat cells are stored), whereas fine lines only impact the epidermis. Over the years, if not treated, fine lines can develop into wrinkles — this is why it is best to combat them as soon as you notice them.
How Can I Reduce Fine Lines Around My Mouth?
One of the easiest ways to reduce your fine lines, specifically those around the mouth, is to look for beneficial skincare ingredients. Fixing up your skincare routine can make a big difference in the appearance of both fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinoids (vitamin A) can help support skin cell turnover and eliminate any buildup of dead skin cells, leaving behind smoother and more even skin. Gentler alternatives include alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, which both work to get rid of dead skin cells. Fresh, healthy skin is less likely to take on new fine lines from slight movements like smiling.
Antioxidants are incredibly helpful for most skin problems, including fine lines. Green tea extract and cucumbers reduce irritation in the skin, vitamin C helps protect against sun damage and fade the look of dark spots, and vitamin E can help protect skin cell integrity.
Peptides, like our Super Peptide Booster Serum, may work wonders on fine lines. It restores a smooth texture by using carnosine and edelweiss extract (firming), peony root extract (radiating), and triple peptide complex. You only need three to five drops to see results!
If you're worried that products just aren’t going to cut it, you can also look into dermatologist-conducted fine-line treatments. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are very popular, taking off the top of the epidermis to reveal healthier, fresh skin underneath. Laser resurfacing is a similar process, and it is done with a laser instead of a rotational device which removes the entire epidermis. The warmth from the laser helps your skin replenish its collagen for dual benefits.
Non-Invasive Microcurrent Technology
At NuFACE, we advocate for the widespread use of microcurrent treatments. Microcurrents are non-invasive and send currents to the muscles in your face so that they believe you are producing excess energy. With this energy, collagen is created, and your skin’s turnover gets back on track for rejuvenation.
Our FIX Device was created to help smooth lines in harder-to-reach places on the face, like around the mouth. We know that laugh lines can be hard to cover up with makeup and that they’re easy to miss when you’re working with a bigger device like our microcurrent TRINITY+ Device.
The FIX Device only takes three minutes to immediately firm up your fine lines — 92% of customers agree. It blurs the skin it is used on and also plumps up your lips. The FIX Line Smoothing Serum comes with the device and allows it to penetrate deeper into your muscles for optimal results.
Trinity Device Attachments
Introducing our Effective Lip & Eye Attachment, which has been created to tone, contour, and lift the skin around your lips. With smoother skin for 80% of customers and toning for 77%, what’s not to love? Plus, the Effective Lip & Eye Attachment can target stubborn nasolabial folds — also known as the lines that come down from your nose to your lips.
What Causes Skin To Age?
The aging process slows down many of your body’s functions, including those working underneath your skin, and it’s a key factor when it comes to fine lines. As we mentioned, collagen production declines with age, which makes your skin appear less firm and toned.
Your skin also sheds dead cells at a slower rate because its lifespan requires energy to repeat. Without adequate amounts of energy, dead skin cells sit on the epidermis and slowly flake off, creating the perfect habitat for more lines to grow. Supple, hydrated skin keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
The more you are exposed to UV rays, the more you will have fine lines and wrinkles. Photoaging is merely a faster version of your skin’s regular aging, multiplying the damage that is being done naturally to your fat cells and collagen. You can also develop sunspots without wearing sunscreen, which can create mismatched skin tone or hyperpigmentation. In these events, any fine lines or wrinkles will appear more prominent.
Wearing at least SPF 30 and sporting protective clothing, like a hat, while spending time in the sun can help you keep sun damage at bay.
Free radicals attack collagen that already exists, further contributing to fine lines and making those that you have deeper and more pronounced. Many factors can contribute to a buildup of free radicals, like pollutants and irritants. Smoking and drinking speed up your skin’s natural aging as well by introducing free radicals.
Incorporating antioxidants into your diet and skincare is one key way that you can work against free radicals — and the havoc they can wreak on your complexion.
The Bottom Line
Fine lines can be frustrating because they aren’t as obvious as wrinkles, but they tend to have the same impact on your confidence. We understand that they can make or break how comfortable you feel in your skin. Thankfully, there is no reason why they have to be a permanent staple on your face.
With the right skincare routine and the help of NuFACE’s innovative skincare devices, you can achieve great results.