Learning to love your lines
June 8, 2012
Sure, we all hate those lines on our faces. They betray our age, rat us out for not wearing sunscreen so many years ago and show how much we smile. Wait a second… should we really hate those lines so much?
As important as it is to keep your skin healthy, supple and smooth with a high-quality night cream and anti-wrinkle serums, it is also important to come to terms with some of the lines. After all, most of them were formed when you were laughing and smiling. Once you remember why they are there in the first place, you might not hate those wrinkles as much anymore, and may be less inclined to do something drastic.
When you were younger these wrinkles might have bounced back into place, but as we age our skin loses collagen and elasticity, so the lines tend to stay there all the time. It’s up to you to decide whether this is okay with you or not.
When you smile or laugh, your eyes tend to squint, forming wrinkles along the edges that fan out.
Crow’s feet appear at the outer corners of your eyes as you get older, fanning out in a star-line formation. Unlike other common lines between your brow or on your forehead, these lines were formed from smiling, not frowning or concentrating.
Smiling and laughing also causes your cheeks to flex into a formation that causes folds in the skin on either side of your mouth. Smile lines might stick around longer than they used to, but at least they give the impression that you are smiling all the time – not frowning.
Marionette lines, which run from your nose to the corners of your mouth, are also referred to as the nasal-labial folds. But before you get some sort of filler to smooth these lines, remember this – almost everyone has them, even children.
Sometimes, getting a serious smoothing or plumping treatment can make you look unnatural, or even inhuman. Take a look around at your friends, siblings and even your kids before you head to the plastic surgeon.
Of course, some lines are simply a result of damage to the skin, which is why it’s still important to protect your face from damaging elements like the sun and pollutants in the air. Still, before you book a Botox appointment, try to consider these lines a reminder of happy times in your life. You might just change your mind.