• Fountain of Youth Staff

7 Different Types of Wrinkles

  • Dynamic wrinkles. These develop from repeated facial movements. If you pucker your lips around a straw frequently, for example, you might get lip lines.

  • Static wrinkles. These result from a loss of elasticity and the takeover of gravity. Wrinkles that come with jowls are static.

  • Dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles over time. Fine smile lines morph into more prominent nasolabial folds when our cheeks lose plumpness and do a slight plummet in middle age, for example.


Creases that could crop up

  • Forehead lines: run horizontally across the top of the T-zone

  • Worry lines: create an “eleven” between the brows

  • Bunnies: etch the bridge of the nose horizontally between the eyes

  • Crow’s feet: radiate from the outer corners of the eyes

  • Laugh lines: also called nasolabial folds, create parenthesis around the upper lip

  • Lip lines: form vertical hatches around the perimeter of the mouth

  • Marionette lines: frame the chin vertically, and as the cheeks droop, jowl wrinkles form


We spend our lives warding off lines, but wrinkles can be an asset

We buy serums and creams to keep the creases at bay. But the bottom line is that eventually we’re going to get, well, a few lines.


And that’s OK — maybe even a bonus.


After all, fine lines can be just as beautiful as the round-cheeked looks of youth. There’s something endearing about a laugh line and something genuine about an eye crinkle.


We’ve got the details on types of wrinkles, what can cause them, how to slow them, and why we should think of the ones that ultimately appear as art rather than imperfection.


The lines of our lives

Some of us will experience “the elevens,” those vertical forehead lines that can make us look like we’re always in deep thought — even about what toppings we want on our froyo. Others will get more prominent crow’s feet, giving us the appearance of a life chock-full of intense emotion, especially joy.


Creases that could crop up

Forehead lines: run horizontally across the top of the T-zone

Worry lines: create an “eleven” between the brows