Everyone loves to smile, right? It’s great to be happy and enjoying yourself and have a good time with family and friends. It’s true that smiling is contagious. Everyone is at their most beautiful when they smile. But did you know that all that smiling and laughing can actually have a negative side effect on your skin? You wouldn’t think that there are any drawbacks to these expressions, but over time they can lead to wrinkles and creases in your skin on your face, leaving us with permanent “laugh lines” on your face even when you aren’t in the act of smiling.
Fortunately there are ways to get rid of these lines in our face with a few treatments, as well as ways to prevent them from developing in the future.
What Causes Laugh Lines?
Just like all the wrinkles we get around the eye area as we age, due to years of blinking, squinting and sleeping, we develop laugh lines in the cheek area because of years of use and the wear and tear our face takes with all the expressions we go through that activate the muscles in this area. All of that stretching causes the skin and underlying muscle to break down and weaken, which manifests itself on the outer layers with sagging skin that becomes wrinkled as it becomes less taut. Do not let that get you down, as there are ways to combat this issue.
How to Treat and Prevent Laugh Lines
After laugh lines develop, you can apply a skin care product that is rich in collagen to help boost the skin to a more youthful state. Collagen is the component of the skin that plumps up the skin cells and restores firmness. Also look for a skin care product that is rich in antioxidants which helps remove dirt and other free radicals from the skin which can clog pores and bring down the overall health of the skin. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated with a moisturizer and use a facial cleanser to keep your skin clean.
There are a number of anti-aging creams that contain active ingredients such as argirelene, resveratrol, peptides and antioxidants. These help boost collagen production in the skin to plump it up and make it more firm. They are also rich in exfoliating properties that clean out the skin from dirt and moisturizing properties that lock in hydration and build a barrier on your skin against outside elements.
Another important preventative measure is to wear sunscreen, with a minimum SPF of 15. The sun can cause great damage to exposed skin so it is important to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays. Even if it is a slightly cloudy day, it is good practice to wear sunscreen even if you don’t feel the burn of the sun. The sun breaks down and weakens the skin and leads to wrinkles and saggy skin as well as dryness.
While we all love to laugh and smile, all that muscle activity shows itself over the years in the form of wrinkles in our face. While we can’t avoid smiling, there are steps we can take to lessen the effects on our appearance.