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4 Different Types of Wrinkles and My Tips for Treating Them


Crow’s feet. Laugh lines. Creases.




No matter what you call them, we all know them as one thing.




And, unless you’ve discovered some rip in time, we’re all going to experience wrinkles at some point in our lives.


It’s a natural part of aging.


In fact, it’s one of the defining attributes of aging! But what causes wrinkles?


A survey of 2,000 women by Superdrug, a beauty and health retailer, found that women start worrying about signs of aging on average at the tender age of 29, with wrinkles and sagging being the top two concerns.


According to a study by Allergan, most of us ladies are noticing the appearance of fine lines.




Did you know that not all wrinkles are created equal?


It was traditionally believed that wrinkles fell into just two categories:


Dynamic Wrinkles - Those lines that result from repeated facial movements (such as smiling) that form creases in the skin.


Static Wrinkles - The lines that occur from your skin losing elasticity and collagen and that eventually sag.


However, in a study published by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2006), researchers at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium actually identified four different categories of wrinkles!


Each type of wrinkle has their own internal and external causes, which I'll elaborate on.


Today, I’m going to give you a breakdown of different types of wrinkles, what causes wrinkles and my best tips to treat them so you can have healthy, youthful skin for years to come!


4 Different Types of Wrinkles and What Causes Them

1. Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids

These wrinkles are those little parallel lines that disappear when your skin is stretched taut.


They can occur on your face, or anywhere on your body (think of those little wrinkles you may have on your chest.)




What Causes Them

These lines are a result of a loss of collagen and elasticity which leads to skin sagging.


The main culprit?


Sun damage.


UV exposure unleashes free radicals in our skin that break down collagen and elastin, the building blocks that give our skin firmness and structure.


Make sure you wear daily SPF sun protection, especially on your face, neck, and chest (as well as other exposed areas)!


2. Permanent Elastic Creases

These are crease lines that end up becoming permanent wrinkles as we age.


These little guys tend to show up on our cheeks, upper lip, and the base of our necks.


What Causes Them

As with the last type, repeated sun exposure can make these lines worse.


Smoking is also a big factor in deepening these creases, like those lines you get around your lips from repeatedly pursing your mouth.


But that’s not all.


Whenever you smoke, you expose the surface of your skin to all kinds of chemicals and carcinogens.


Plus, when you inhale, you inhibit your body’s ability to circulate oxygen to your skin, which it needs to heal and form healthy skin cells (one of the reasons smoking often results in a dull complexion).


Stop smoking already!


Your complexion and your body will thank you.


One stunning study looked at twins who aged differently as a result of different lifestyle habits.




In this example, Brenda (left) smokes ½ a pack per day and has had 7 times as much sun exposure as her twin counterpart, Barb (right), leaving her looking years older.


Dr. Bahman Guyuron, plastic surgeon at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, notes that Brenda’s wrinkles around her mouth and under her eyes are telltale signs of a smoker.


3. Dynamic Expression Lines

These fun lines are the ones I mentioned up top that you get from repeated facial muscle movements that cause creases in the skin that become more permanent.




They usually show up around the mouth, eyes, and forehead.


What Causes Them

You get these lines from basically living your life and being a human being.


They’re like a collection of little moments from every time you’ve squinted on a sunny day, laughed at an inside joke, or frowned when a character gets killed off on your favorite show.


Unless you want to become a robot and stop expressing yourself, you’re gonna get these lines and creases on your face.


Wear those lines with pride! They’re badges of honor from the experiences of a life lived!


4. Gravitational Folds

These are those wrinkles that occur naturally with age as our skin loses structure and starts to fold and sag.




What Causes Them

As the name suggests, time + gravity = gravitational folds.


You can chalk this one up to good ol’ aging.


As we get older, our skin starts to lose collagen and elastin leading to wrinkling and sagging.


Researchers found that these lines are more apparent on a lean face with thinner skin and that a plumper face with thicker skin will show less of these types of folds.


What Can I Do About Wrinkles?




One of your best bets to guard against wrinkles is to prevent rather than treat.


Don’t wait until you start seeing little lines pop up to start using anti-aging products in your skincare.


Incorporate those youth-boosting formulas now to stop wrinkles before they start!


Let’s look at some of my top tips for skincare habits that will give you smooth, youthful skin.


Not today, wrinkles!



According to Skincancer.org, 90% of visible skin aging is caused by sun exposure and subsequent damage.


When our skin is damaged by UV exposure, free radicals age skin by causing hyperpigmentation, compromising our skin’s texture, and breaking down collagen and elastin which leads to sagging and, yes, wrinkles.


All you have to do to avoid sun aging is make sure and wear daily SPF protection!


A study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at the effects of using sunscreen on the reg.




And, this does mean every day!


Even on cloudy days. Even when you’re not lying out to get a tan.


You accumulate a lot of sun exposure from doing things like driving and walking outside, and that exposure adds up.


SPF Tips

  • Use a daily moisturizer that includes broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection of at least SPF 30.
  • Apply SPF at least 15 minutes before heading outside to give it time to absorb into the skin.
  • Don’t forget your neck and chest. They benefit from skincare just as much as your face.
  • Don’t skimp! Slather on that goodness for optimal protection.
  • Reapply SPF every 1-2 hours if you’re outside for a while or sweating a lot. And, it’s always a good idea to rock a hat and sunglasses, and seek shade during peak UV hours (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).


Look for These Anti-Aging Ingredients

If you want to get some wrinkle-smoothing power out of your skincare, look for formulas that include these age-defying ingredients!




The vitamin A derivative, retinol, smooths skin by gently exfoliating to lift away dead skin cells and encourage new cell turnover.


This, in turn, also encourages collagen production to firm up skin and diminish fine lines.


Pro Tip: Retinol and retinoids can make skin sensitive to sunlight, so I always recommend using it in your PM skincare routine.


It also may cause some slight skin irritation and may take a bit of time for the skin to adjust.


Make sure to consult the directions which will likely recommend that you start by using it just a couple times a week.


Hyaluronic Acid


Fine lines and wrinkles are made more apparent when your skin is dry or dehydrated.


Hyaluronic acid is a mega moisture humectant, which means it grabs moisture and holds it to your skin’s surface to deliver hydration.


This moisture action also helps plump skin to fill out fine lines and restore suppleness to your complexion!




Remember when I mentioned that sun damage can cause free radicals to break down collagen?


Well, antioxidants are the superheroes that swoop in to defeat them.


Antioxidants work to stop free radical damage and support skin healing by encouraging cell repair and rebuilding collagen and elastin.


Believe me, you want these guys on your skincare team!




Peptides are chains of amino acids which make up the skin protein, collagen.


By helping your skin restore peptides, you’re rebuilding blocks of collagen to fortify skin and bring back its firmness.


Think of it as building a fortress to defend against wrinkles!

Check out these anti aging skincare products!


Eat Skin-Boosting Foods

Did you know you can help repair and nourish skin from the inside too?




Make your nosh sessions work for your complexion too by eating a balanced diet full of vitamins and antioxidant-rich yummy fruits and vegetables.


A 2007 study of women between the ages of 40-74 found that those who had a high intake of vitamin C (a natural antioxidant) had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin.


Ensure you’re getting lots of nutritious whole foods so you can feed your skin!


Exercise, Sleep, Repeat

When we get stressed or overwhelmed, say when you remember that you signed up to make four dozen of your famous chocolate chip cookies for a bake sale TOMORROW, our bodies flood with cortisol.


When this happens regularly, cortisol can host an inflammation party in our bodies that breaks down collagen and elastin.


This is one of the reasons you feel like your complexion looks dull and tired when you’re super stressed.


Two great ways to neutralize cortisol are to get regular exercise and plenty of good sleep. (They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing!)


Shoot for at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping exercise 2-3 times a week and 6-8 hours of solid sleep per night.


Bonus: Exercise helps you sleep, and sleep helps you recover from exercise. It’s the ciiiirrrrccle of liiiiiiiffe!


My Top Picks to Say Goodbye to Wrinkles

Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer


Clayton Shagal Collagen Gel and Elastin Gel Set



Dermaquest Retinol Peptide Youth Serum



Epicuren Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Complex


Alana Mitchell Anti-Aging Peptide Eye Cream



Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair



Rhonda Allison Antioxidant Complex Serum



Image Skincare Prevention+ Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30


Final Thoughts

At some point, it’s likely that we’ll all have wrinkles. You can thank time and your genes for that!


However, you can choose to take steps to prevent and treat them, or you can leave them alone and wear them with pride as mementos of a life full of experiences.


No matter which you choose, as long as you have healthy skin, you can’t lose!


Wondering which wrinkle treatment is best for you? We’d love to help! Share your questions with us in the comments section.


You made a good point that prevention is better then treatment when it comes to wrinkles. I recently turned 40 this year and I’m starting to feel that my face is not as supple as it used to be. I think I should start looking for a replenish anti-wrinkle serum soon before the first instances of wrinkles ever manifest on my face.

Alice Carroll @ 2020-07-01 4:25pm

Oh.. Didn’t even know that there aret different types of wrinkles. I’m still in my 20s but I’m really bothered about how things would go later.

Rosy @ 2020-09-25 7:08am

This is a good tips to follow. Thanks for this awesome info

Amit Chavan @ 2020-04-27 1:04am

Thank you! :)

Alana Mitchell @ 2020-01-07 3:47pm

Amazing post on wrinkles. Wrinkles are of different types and it is important to treat them accordingly and properly. Thank you for sharing the details, products information and links. It is always amazing to read your posts.

Emily Limoges @ 2019-12-31 2:40am

Thanks! :)

Alana Mitchell @ 2019-12-17 10:36am

Thanks! :)

Alana Mitchell @ 2019-12-17 10:33am

Dermalmd My daily essential wrinkle remover! I’ve used for 5 years and have seen dramatic improvements to my facial texture, wrinkles disappearing, moisturizing. I always keep extra in case I run out. Pricy but worth every penny. Keep bottle turned upside down so you empty container totally! I highly recommend!!!

Laura R. Talley @ 2019-10-30 7:48pm

I came through your blog and it is very useful and informative, especially for me because this is exactly what information I was looking for!
Waiting for your next blog.


bestdataprovider @ 2019-10-30 12:44am

Great post and very helpful as well. Thanks for explaining the wrinkles types in so much detail and also suggesting various products. I would like to share this post with my friends too. Keep sharing such beauty tips with the readers.

Disha @ 2019-10-15 11:41pm

I’m 81 years old, and I’ve been using the anti-aging serum of dermalmd twice a day for about 2 years – 3 drops morning and night, after washing and before my moisturizer. I’m delighted with the improvement in my appearance. Let me start by saying I’ve never smoked (which ages one’s skin terribly) and am blessed with fairly smooth skin, but over the years I’ve developed deep creases around the mouth and finer wrinkles on my cheeks. The serum does not remove your wrinkles – if you stop using it they will be right back- but it tightens and plumps up my skin so they are far less visible. I’m careful to smooth it all the way to my neck, jaw, and hairline to maximize the tightening effect. I would say it takes 10 years off my appearance. I LOVE IT

Kevin C @ 2019-09-28 1:15am

Hi I am 32 and I mostly use a vitamin e oil or coconut oil at night for my my face or a Nivea blue top cream to moisturise at night. I have a dry skin and do not keep myself much hydrated. I have noticed few lines under my eyes..
please suggest me a good combination of products which I can use for years with visible results not being worried to change it with any other.
Much thanks

Ruchika @ 2019-09-20 4:34pm

Really interesting article with great examples! Gonna come here more often :)

SnailFarm @ 2019-09-18 2:59am

wow nice and a very good
home-based treatment
love to read

waillmesa @ 2019-08-28 10:26pm

Thank you for explaining ways to fight wrinkles. For example, you mentioned peptides can be used to bring back firmness to the skin. I wonder what some ways are to increase peptides in our daily life.

Skylar Williams @ 2019-08-19 8:31am

Dermalmd under eye serum really works. I have been using it nightly for a couple of months and the little wrinkles around my eyes are almost gone. I’m 28 and I had trouble using concealer because it would easily crease. It’s gotten so much better since I started on this serum. Not sure it would work miracles for older clients, but it’s been a great product to treat and prevent/delay fine lines

Bonnie L @ 2019-07-07 6:04am

I’m 37 yrs old, and unfortunately, was extremely neglectful about sunscreen since my teens. I mean, I used to go to the tanning bed daily and would spend hours upon hours in the sun without any sunscreen. Now, i’m stuck with extremely deep forehead wrinkles, crows feet, and fine lines around my eyes. Is there anything that will help reverse the damage from my stupidity and get rid of (or at lease improve) all my wrinkles and deep crevices?

Lauren @ 2019-04-28 2:33pm

Hi, Leigh! It may take a minute to find the best combination for your skin, but a great place to start would be to try https://www.skincarebyalana.com/rhonda-allison-eye-lip-repair-serum-25oz.html combined with https://www.skincarebyalana.com/alana-mitchell-ms-wake-up-eye-lip-device.html. The eye & lip serum works to smooth lines and wrinkles while providing hydration and nourishment for the skin. Using my eye & lip device in conjunction with that will improve your results. :)

Alana @ 2019-03-01 1:30pm

Hi, which treatment would have be best to buy? I have deep wrinkles around my lips & bags/wrinkles under the eyes & forehead.

Leigh @ 2019-02-10 4:52am

Hi Trish! I like hyaluronic acid to help fill in lines and blur “edges” so to speak. But you could also treat the loss of collagen in your skin with collagen. To really target the affected areas, I love https://www.skincarebyalana.com/matis-fill-up.html. The hyaluronic acid works to smooth and blur the lines on your face. For a full face day and night treatment, https://www.skincarebyalana.com/clayton-shagal-collagen-gel-elastin-gel-set.html is fantastic. The gels separately nourish and rejuvenate the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin smoothing filling in lines and wrinkles.

Alana @ 2019-01-25 4:42pm

What is the best ay home treatment for marionette lines? Thank you

Trish Sanchez @ 2019-01-18 7:21pm

Hi, Sunita! One of my favorite duos is https://www.skincarebyalana.com/clayton-shagal-collagen-gel-elastin-gel-set.html. One for the day and one for the night, the gels penetrate deep into the skin to help plump lines and wrinkles. For concerns regarding your hair, Bosley is an excellent option https://www.skincarebyalana.com/bosley-healthy-hair-vitality-supplement-for-women-60-caps.html and https://www.skincarebyalana.com/bosley-women-s-regrowth-treatment-2oz.html to help with hair loss. I hope this helps!

Alana @ 2018-12-04 4:31pm

Hi, Helen! Isn’t it great when you find a product you love?! :)

Alana @ 2018-11-19 3:15pm

As an older woman, I can be somewhat hesitant about trying out new beauty products but after looking at some of my pictures I noticed how tired I was looking and I decided maybe I can reduce some of the puffiness around my eyes. After reading the reviews of the Made from Earth Advanced Eye Repair I thought it’d be worth to give it a shot. After just 2-3 days of using it, my colleagues at work noticed and said it looks like I’ve finally gotten some rest or that it looks like maybe I’ve fallen in love. LOL!

You should try it – it works great for tired looking eyes. . .

Helen Myron @ 2018-11-16 6:04am

Lost a lot of weight and have had a lot of time in sun plus doing Keto. People think I am way older than what i am. My forehead has deep lines and i have laugh lines which may have become ecen prominent because of rapid weight loss. Hair loss as well. Pl recommend creams and pills as well

Sunita S Ekbote @ 2018-11-08 7:25am

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