And these telltale signs of age do not respond to the same treatments.
Wrinkles. A perfectly normal and beautiful part of the ageing process. Something to be embraced as part of the privilege of getting older. Yet to many, they are often seen as something to be feared, prevented and erased.
There are many ways people choose to target wrinkles. By understanding the different types of wrinkles, we can also better understand how Face Yoga can effectively, naturally, reduce their appearance.
But what is a wrinkle and why do they appear in the first place?
/ˈrɪŋkl/ noun 1. a slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or the skin of the face.
Wrinkles result from distinct structural changes occurring in specific parts of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2006), researchers at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium identified four distinctly different types of wrinkles*.
Categorising wrinkles in this way can allow for more targeted and effective treatments, as “these telltale signs of age do not respond to the same treatments”.
So, what are the four types of wrinkles?
Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids
These are fine lines that run almost parallel to each other. They show up on different areas of the face and body and tend to vanish with a transversal stretch of the skin. Their appearance may change depending on our posture. These wrinkles are caused by a decline in collagen and loss of the skin’s elasticity.
Good news! Face Yoga boosts circulation to the facial muscles, improving the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This helps to stimulate cell renewal and boost the skin's natural production of collagen and elastin. Not only that, but Face Yoga also helps to build volume in the facial muscle, causing the overlying skin to stretch over the muscle and reduce the appearance of these wrinkles.
Permanent Elastotic Creases
These are crease lines in the skin that are caused by sun damage. They become increasingly permanent over time, especially with prolonged sun exposure. They appear most frequently on the cheeks, the upper lip and the nape of the neck and remain visible when the skin is stretched..
Good news! You can help to prevent these wrinkles with sun protection and minimal exposure to UV rays.
Dynamic Expression Lines
These wrinkles are caused by repeated, sometimes unconscious our uncontrolled, facial muscle movement. Also known as facial mimics. Over time, repeated contraction of the facial muscles causes the muscles to thicken and shorten, and the deeper layers of the skin to bind to the muscle beneath. This causes lines such as crow’s feet and frown lines (a.k.a. “eleven lines”).
Good news! Face Yoga helps to lengthen and release tension in the facial muscles. Not only this, but it brings awareness and control over the facial muscles and hence the facial mimics, helping to reduce the appearance and occurrence of dynamic expression lines.
Caused by the effects of gravity, these lines become increasingly apparent as muscles weaken, lose tone and volume and the overlying skin begins to fold and sag. The location of these wrinkles is related to the position of the facial muscles and retaining ligaments.
Examples include nasolabial folds, marionette lines and droopy eyelids.
Good news! Face Yoga can have fantastic effects on gravitational folds. With my structured programme following the Glowinface Method, you begin by first lifting and toning the largest muscles of the face, neck and skull. As the muscles firm, strengthen and lengthen they naturally lift and create space to target the smaller, deeper facial muscles in the later weeks of the programme. As the skin is attached to the muscle beneath, it also lifts, firms and stretches over the lifted muscle.
Face Yoga is a fantastic way to effectively and naturally and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Combine Face Yoga with daily sun protection, minimal sun exposure, good hydration, relaxation, quality skincare, plenty of sleep and balanced nutrition, you are onto a winner!
Find out more about my Beginners Face Yoga Programme here: https://www.authenticfaceyoga.com/beginners-programme
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