There are a lot of misconceptions around laughter lines. First off, that they’re a huge skincare problem. Second, that they’re actually caused by smiling (turns out that’s a bit of a myth, who knew?) In our opinion, the idea of lines around your face from smiling and laughing ‘too much’ sounds like a sign of a full, happy life. But if your smile lines and laugh lines are bringing you down, thankfully there are ways to reduce them without giving up facial expressions for the rest of your life - or going under the knife. Here are some of the most effective natural ways to improve the appearance of smile and laugh lines.
First of all: What are smile and laugh lines?
Smile lines, or laugh lines, are vertical indentations that form and extend from the side of the nose around to the corners of the mouth. The medical term for these lines is the nasolabial crease, whereas the fold of skin hanging over these lines is the nasolabial fold.
They are exceptionally common and everyone will have them at some point in their lives, but how exactly do they happen - and more importantly, are they treatable?
What causes smile and laugh lines?
The name ‘smile lines’ would have you believe that they’re primarily caused by constant facial expressions over many years such as smiling and laughing (so basically, by being a thinking, feeling human). However, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Some people have more prominent nasolabial creases and folds than others, which is purely down to genetics. That being said, there are other factors that can exacerbate this condition such as:
- Loss of collagen in the skin, which leads to decreased elasticity
- Dehydrated skin
- Sun damage
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
- Genetics & ageing
Can you get rid of smile and laugh lines?
Smile lines and laugh lines are an inevitable consequence of ageing, but there are ways to delay the onset of these fine lines and wrinkles and effectively reduce their appearance.
Modern skincare is at the pinnacle of scientific advancement, and thankfully there are products we can use to help slow the signs of ageing and smooth out those annoying laugh lines and wrinkles.
Here are some of the best methods to help maintain elasticity in the skin, keeping wrinkles and laugh lines at bay naturally.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the appearance of smile lines or laugh lines is through daily moisturising. While it won’t completely erase your smile lines, fine lines and wrinkles are much more exaggerated when skin is dehydrated. Keeping your skin adequately hydrated is also an effective way of preventing fine lines from developing into deeper wrinkles.
The Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser contains botanical oils such as apricot kernel oil, olive oil and sunflower seed oil that lock in moisture to keep your skin hydrated while powerful antioxidants in its aloe vera juice and oak silk help protect from environmental pollutants and free radicals. Aloe vera juice works to quench thirsty skin and keep it supple and moisturised, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
To keep your skin plump and dewy, apply moisturiser in the morning before makeup and in the evening before you go to sleep. Moisturising at night time is particularly important in winter months, when central heating can cause skin to become severely dehydrated.
Apply sunscreen daily
Too much exposure to the sun can cause terrible damage to our skin which is why the daily application of sunscreen is essential. When UV rays hit our skin it prompts the formation of free radicals which damage elastin fibres in the skin and break down collagen, causing wrinkles to form.
To counter these effects it is recommended to use a broad spectrum 30+ SPF formulation at a minimum to protect from UVA and UVB rays.
Using the right ingredients
One of the best ways to fight against the appearance of laugh lines is by using skin care ingredients that maintain collagen in the skin.
Collagen is the protein responsible for muscle elasticity, and it’s also one of the main building blocks in our skin. As we get older, our skin produces less and less collagen, which results in more creases and wrinkles.
The Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser is the perfect face cream for helping mature skin fight the signs of ageing and those lines around your mouth while keeping your skin nourished and hydrated. This rich cream is for all skin types and is formulated using Matrixyl 3000, which is scientifically proven to increase collagen production in the skin.
Retinoids are another skincare superhero that is scientifically proven to promote collagen production. Retinoids (and their gentler, over the counter version Retinol) are derivatives of vitamin A, which increase skin’s cell turnover and support increased collagen production in the skin. It plumps out the skin cutting down on those unwanted lines and even improves skin tone and colour.
Exfoliation does not reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, but it does help smooth out your skin overall as well as increasing the effectiveness of your moisturiser allowing it to penetrate deep into the pores.
A gentle exfoliation 1-3 times per week a toner or serum-containing alpha-hydroxy acids is one of the best ways to keep skin looking fresh with a youthful glow. If your skin is on the drier side, stick to 1-2 times a week - any more than that and you could risk irritating the skin. Oilier and blemish-prone skin types should exfoliate up to 3 times a week.
How we treat our body over the years becomes very apparent later on in life especially on our skin. There are so many small yet powerful changes that you can make that will delay the onset of smile lines and wrinkles.
Smoking, apart from the obvious dangers, is one of the worst lifestyle factors for causing wrinkles. This is because chemicals and toxins within the tobacco contribute to the break down of collagen in the skin, while also reducing the supply of oxygenated blood to the skin - which is essential for skin’s regeneration.
Gentle face & head massage
The tissues and muscles in the head are interconnected with the face so releasing tension from the head can help release tension from the face. Check out this fantastic video showing you exactly how to massage your scalp and face to relax those smile lines around your mouth.
The Luxury Facial Oil is the perfect companion for your gentle facial massage. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and is rich in omega fatty acids promoting skin softness, plumpness, as well as being naturally anti-ageing.
Our Luxury Facial Oil contains baobab oil, moringa oil and crambe seed oil which are packed full of skin-loving omega fatty acids to help repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier, helping to fight off pollutants and free radicals which can age the skin.
Now you should no problems with the appearance of laugh lines and smile lines. Just follow our instructions are you will see results in no time! Our products are perfect for fighting problems like these so don't miss out and get some while you can. Don't forget to drink plenty of water as well!