Are Wrinkles and Fine Lines the Same?

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Beauty brands and influencers liberally throw around the terms “wrinkles” and “fine lines” when describing the advantages of their products. The average consumer will interchange these terms when searching for the right product for them. It’s easy to mistake fine lines and wrinkles for each other, however, wrinkles and fine lines are entirely different in their nature and makeup.

Wrinkles and fine lines are different types of folds in the skin that people get as they age. Accurately identifying the two types of lines, as well as using targeted treatments like Chamonix’s Genucel line, can lead to identification and treatment of the two types of lines in the skin before they get too distinct.

What Causes Fine Lines and Wrinkles?

Fine lines and wrinkles both have the same origins. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist based in New York City, both start from innocuous facial movement activities. “[fine lines and wrinkles] develop when the skin becomes folded and it is not able to bounce back to its original shape,” he said in a recent interview. Both can be adequately prevented against with a combination of good skin hygiene and SPF-containing products. When you are young, your skin has more elasticity and can quickly bounce back from movement-based fine lines and wrinkles because of collagen and elastin. When a person gets older, they begin to lose the ability to make as much collagen and elastin as they did when they were younger, so when skin gets folded due to facial expressions such as smiling or frowning, it has a harder time smoothing itself out.

When it comes to wrinkles and fine lines, the way that you get them is where the similarities stop. Here are some of the more easily identifiable ways to determine whether you’re dealing with fine lines and wrinkles.

Depth is the Biggest Difference Between the Two Types of Skin Lines

As you could probably tell from the term “fine lines,” how deep a line is determines whether it is a wrinkle or a fine line. Fine lines are parts of the skin where specific movements cause temporary, superficial wrinkles to appear. They will show up when you smile, laugh, cry, or make a frustrated face. Unlike wrinkles, fine lines will mostly disappear when your face is still. The most important thing to remember about fine lines is that they don’t usually stick around. If they do, you’ve got a more permanent, deeper line — a wrinkle.

With the right products, you can minimize the impact of deep wrinkle lines and create a smoother face and even tone.

Choosing an Anti-Aging Product that Works for Both

Experts agree that the best way to treat both wrinkles and fine lines is by using an ounce of prevention. Use a gentle face wash with adequate moisturizer and apply sunscreen (or moisturizer with SPF) every day. Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and limit your time in the sun. There will come a time when wrinkles are unavoidable but fending them off with the best preventative methods before they become too deep is crucial to keeping them at bay.

When fine lines and wrinkles do become a problem, certain anti-aging products will do the trick much more effectively than others. Any product that claims to address both fine lines and wrinkles together fail to understand the fundamental differences between the two. Therefore, it is vital to use a targeted product, like Genucel, that addresses the beginning stages of the two before they get worse.

Focus on the Problem Areas

Addressing the elasticity of the skin is an excellent first start. When a person ages, the elasticity of their skin decreases which is one of the main reasons why wrinkles become such an issue. With a youthfulness-promoting product, such as Genucel’s plant stem cell therapy which uses the Malus Domestica plant to promote skin regeneration, you can give your skin the smooth and even tone it needs to appear younger. Skin firming products, such as Genucel XV, prevent fine lines — therefore making it harder for them to turn into wrinkles.

Applying a product for the overall firmness and elasticity of your facial skin is a good start, but every area of the face has different fine line and wrinkle needs that need to be addressed. The jawline also is prone to significant changes as the body ages. Skin gets saggier, and even if you don’t get the dreaded turkey neck that so many aging people worry about, this is one of the first areas that sees the effects of fine lines and wrinkles. Using a firming serum, like Genucel’s jawline treatment, in conjunction with your base facial routine will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing.

Eyelids are also areas that concern those with aging questions. One of the most highly used areas of the face, the delicate skin around the eyes is especially prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Once they start, it can be challenging to stop their spread. A firming product with peptides, like Genucel’s eyelid treatment, works to not only firm the skin around the eyes as it ages, but also brighten and smooth the skin around the eyes.

Finally, “feeding” the skin of the face with specific nutrients can make a difference in the vitality of the skin as well as the skin’s ability to repair. Genucel’s deep firming serum has vitamin C at a dose that is specifically catered to nourish the face and keep it healthy and glowing.

As with many things in life, an ounce of prevention will do the most good to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. However, treating them differently is key to reducing their appearance. As well as maintaining a regular skin washing routine and keeping up with sun protection, getting started with anti-aging products as soon as you notice the first signs of fine lines will allow them to be easily managed and will fend off deeper wrinkles in the future.


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