Not all wrinkles are created equal. They have distinct names, appear in a variety of patterns and, depending on the individual, form along specific areas of the face. There’s a lot to unpack about wrinkles. But for the purposes of this article, let’s explore the two major types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Remember when mom used to say, “don’t frown or your face will get stuck like that?” She wasn’t really kidding. She was referring to dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that develop over time based on a person’s facial expressions. Laughing, smiling, squinting, furrowing…these are all expressions that require your face to move in patterns. Which means, if you aren’t a robot, you’re likely to develop dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles have more to do with your age than your facial expressions. As collagen declines, your skin becomes less supple, and you begin to see folding and sagging. In other words, gravity decides to do a little dance on your skin and there’s little you can do to stop the party. However, you can take extra care to retain elasticity and slow the development of more wear and tear.
The Wrinkle Zones
Wrinkles are nomadic, they can find a permanent home just about anywhere on your face. However, there are several zones where lines and folds are more likely to form. The Forehead The forehead is a popular spot for wrinkles to congregate. That’s because you use your eyebrows for hundreds of micro-expressions every single day. Worried about that deadline? Squinting to read that sign ahead? Your forehead is folding and furrowing constantly, which can cause horizontal forehead lines, vertical worry lines, and “bunnies,” or lines on the bridge of the nose.
The eyes are the windows to the soul, aka., your eyes are full of expression. When you laugh, cry, smile and squint, you’re opening and closing your eyelids, and raising and lowering your cheekbones. Not to mention you’re constantly ruffling the area around the eyes with makeup, cleansers, and contact lenses. It’s no surprise the eyes are one of the first places on your face that form dark circles, bags, lines, and “crow’s feet.”