5 Good Skin Habits to Erase Fine Lines
In my early 20s and 30s, discussing fine lines and wrinkles would be as foreign (and completely useless) as discussing the science of quantum physics with me. But lately, I cannot seem to get enough. Multiple fine lines have started showing up uninvited to the party, that being my face.
Our aging body betrays us as collagen and elastin production is compromised, hormones go out of wack and gravity takes its toll. Unfortunately, fine lines and wrinkles are inevitable, but there is a difference between the two.
Most dermatologists will tell you that wrinkles are any lines on the face that is deeper than 2mm. As we age, the perfect storm of collagen breakdown, hormonal imbalance, chronic sun damage and repeated facial muscle movements (like squinting, smiling & frowning) create deep folds along the habitual lines on our face. If you have wrinkle lines that have penetrated so deep into the skin’s dermis layer, laser treatment from a professional aesthetician or plastic surgeon is probably your best opinion for a smooth complexion.
Fine lines, on the other hand, are classified as being 1-2 millimeters in depth, usually as thin as a thread and often caused by the contraction of facial muscles during smiling or frowning. Also known as expression lines, these shallow folds indicate that the area of skin is dehydrated and showing first signs of sun damage. Superficial fine lines can be easily smoothed with proper attention because they are a part of the epidermal layer of skin. In about a month, new skin cells is produced while shedding away old damaged cells giving you smoother and younger looking complexion. But you do need to put in some work.
Here are 5 healthy skin practices to minimize fine lines.
1. Use a Makeup Primer
I started late in the game with this but primers like bb or cc creams after your moisturizer are crucial for filling in skin’s little imperfections. Hence, it is sometimes known as a skin filler. Think of it like a smooth canvas base before your makeup. You will immediately notice that foundation spreads more evenly and powders sit better on your skin. If fine lines are getting you down, this is a must-have.
2. Do Facial Exercises
Fine lines are created from repetitive muscle contractions over a certain span of time. Practicing facial yoga or simple facial exercises help to counter or undo those daily indentations and increase blood circulation to the skin. But if spending time massaging your face everyday is not your idea of fun, there is a fuss-free solution. You can book yourself for a skin workout facial. Beauté by Kew is the first and only organic facial bar in Singapore to offer what they call – “skin gym facial”. This one-of-a-kind 90-min facial is specially designed to give your face a workout while enjoying the luxury of an organic facial (read my review of the treatment here).
3. Apply Sunscreen
Let’s face it, sun damage is the primary cause of fine lines. The easiest way is to get into the habit of applying sunscreen on your face everyday as a pre-emptive measure against sun attack on your skin. When it comes to the type of sunscreen, choose broad spectrum for UVA and UVB protection and go for at least SPF 30 or more (Read 10 Common Myths About Sunblock I Bet you Didn’t Know). Even better, choose sunscreens with added protective power formulated with antioxidant ingredients such as green tea, pomegranate and vitamin C.
Exfoliation helps boost skin’s ability to shed away old skin cells quicker. At-home facial peels and micro-dermabrasion creams can remove dead skin cells, help stimulate collagen synthesis and improve penetration of collagen-building peptides and antioxidants. Having said that, too much exfoliation will dry out skin. Try exfoliating once a month and gauge how your skin feels before embarking on more frequent exfoliation.
Fine lines are mainly a sign of dehydrated skin. When skin is dry, these lines become more prominent. Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, day and night. You can add 1-2 drops of facial oil into your night moisturizer and concentrate more on the affected areas. If you have a Vitamin C-based facial oil, it would be great because Vitamin C is known to increase collagen production, brighten, tighten and repair damaged skin cells. Don’t forget to drink lots of water and hydrate from within.