Here’s a surprising fact: mouth wrinkles are the biggest facial indicator of aging. Yup, they beat crow’s feet, sagging, course skin and age spots in a recent study that had dermatologists guess the age of female subjects.
Mouth wrinkles or laugh lines as they are often affectionately called are properly known as nasolabial folds. They go from the corner of the nose to the ends of the mouth. Nasolabial folds are highly genetic so if your parents and older relatives have them, you’re likely to have them too. Like most wrinkles, they form as collagen and elastin production slows and no longer fills out skin cells for a smooth appearance.
Beyond genetics, nasolabial folds commonly appear among cigarette smokers and skin that is over-exposed to the sun. Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals that destroy your body’s ability to create skin-plumping collagen and elastin, not to mention a slew of toxic ingredients that damage your insides too. Combined with the heat from lit cigarettes, cigarettes are a double whammy for wrinkles around the mouth. Like other areas of the body, excessive UV ray absorption is highly damaging to skin too and is the biggest extrinsic cause of premature aging. Using a natural mineral-based sunscreen and protective clothing including hats and visors is a vital preventative measure for skin, especially around the mouth.
Weight fluctuations are another common reason for nasolabial folds. Skin stretches and expands with more fat storage. After weight loss, skin is left without anything to fill the space. When we’re younger, skin is more resilient and will snap back into place like a rubber band. As we age, this doesn’t happen so easily and skin is left to sag and wrinkle. That’s especially true around the mouth. Weight maintenance is crucial to avoiding wrinkles in this area.
As lines set in deeper with age, many people resort to aesthetic treatments to reduce wrinkles around the mouth. Two of the most popular are Juvederm and Restylane, which use hyaluronic acid to treat the area. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body but wanes as we get older. Fortunately, expensive treatments aren’t the only solution. Natura Veda offers a professional grade Hyaluronic Acid Day Serum with Matrixyl 3000 to replenish what is lost with age. Our unique formula helps skin retain moisture to round out skin cells for a smoother appearance with less fine lines and wrinkles. It penetrates deeply into skin layers and works with your individual skin’s moisturization needs on any given day. Furthermore, this phenomenal serum contains Matrixyl that stimulates collagen and elastin to boost its anti-aging effects.
Antioxidants are another effective way of smoothing out nasolabial folds. Both in dietary consumption and when applied topically, antioxidants have a profound benefit for skin. Even as age slows skin-firming collagen and elastin, antioxidants revive some of this production to give skin cells a major boost. Plus, antioxidants reverse the adverse affects of sun damage and cellular mutations that lead to premature aging. Natura Veda’s line of skin care products is chock full of antioxidants as the base ingredient in our products is Moringa. An independent ORAC test shows that this extraordinary plant beats most other foods, including a variety of berries, vegetables and superfoods, for the highest antioxidant content.
Finally, using daily and nightly moisturizers with a few key ingredients helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. First, retinol or retinoid-A thickens deeper layers of skin and thins out the top layers, which softens wrinkles and creates a more youthful look. Coenzyme Q10, also know as CoQ10, is another great ingredient to reduce the signs of aging. CoQ10 is small and easily penetrates skin cells. Like other nutrients, it helps increase the production of collagen and elastin while also protecting cells from free radicals. In addition, it is known to help cellular turn-over, which is vital for younger looking skin. You can find these ingredients in our Daytime and Nighttime Moisturizing Creams.
Wrinkles around the mouth are no laughing matter even if you want to call them laugh lines. However, we certainly don’t recommend avoiding any joy or happiness that comes with smiling and laughing. These movements won’t cause nearly as much damage as the aforementioned culprits of nasolabial folds. In fact, mental and emotional well-being only contributes to better skin and an overall more youthful appearance.