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The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles


The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are two common signs of skin aging that—in case you haven't realized—are bound to eventually appear on your face because skin naturally loses moisture and elasticity as you age. Whether you have forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet, another universal truth is that fine lines and wrinkles can be an absolute pain to deal with. While we’re all about embracing aging skin, it doesn’t hurt to treat your skin to a little TLC and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face in the process.

Wondering what the best facial treatment and skin care products for wrinkles really are? Keep reading to learn about our best anti-aging tips for fine lines and wrinkles, so you can add them to your skin care routine ASAP. But first, we need to cover how fine lines and wrinkles differ so you can understand the best course of action.


Chances are good you already know what wrinkles are and you might lump fine lines into the same category—but they actually have key differences. What are fine lines? Think of them as baby wrinkles; they’re not wrinkles yet—but they can be. Fine lines are created when you repeatedly contract the same muscles in your face day after day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). With continued use of those same muscles for years, those fine lines mature and turn into deep wrinkles that become permanent. So, the difference between fine lines and wrinkles is that wrinkles are more prominent and harder to reduce the appearance of.


As we said, it’s normal and natural for your skin to eventually lose fullness and become thinner and very dry over time, that’s why you need to take action. While you can’t control the natural aging process or your genetic predisposition to aging skin, you can manage other environmental factors that contribute to aging skin and make wrinkles worse. Things like sun exposure, smoking, and air pollution can all age your skin more quickly than it naturally would, according to the AAD.

Your skin care routine also plays a huge part in keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Consider adding the following anti-aging tips to your repertoire to manage the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your face—and even help prevent them in the first place.


As we noted above, skin naturally loses moisture as you get older, so the key to any good anti-aging routine is to put back what’s lost. To maximize your skin’s hydration levels, layer serum under moisturizer. As the AAD explains, moisturizer literally traps hydration on your skin, which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face over time.

After you step out of the shower or finish cleansing your complexion, follow these next two steps, in this order: face serum and face moisturizer. Below, we’re sharing our best serum and moisturizer options for aging skin. Just remember to be patient (we know, it’s hard!), as most products take at least six weeks to work, according to the AAD.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum: This serum stimulates surface skin cell renewal to reveal more youthful-looking skin. After you cleanse, apply a light layer of serum onto your entire complexion, then wait about 30 seconds before reaching for your moisturizer.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum: If hydration is what you’re after, this serum is for you. Formulated with hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water), this serum works to replenish skin and reduce wrinkles with continued use over time.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum: Want to give your skin a boost in radiance? It’s time to get acquainted with this serum. Formulated with 10% pure vitamin C, this offering effortlessly glides onto skin to restore radiance in one week and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream: Formulated with nurturing oils and manuka honey extract, this creamy face moisturizer penetrates the skin’s surface layer to restore moisture to the driest of skin. Use every single morning, right after your face serum.


The skin around your eye area is very delicate—it’s the thinnest on your entire face—so it needs extra moisture. Whatever your age, skin type, or skin care concerns, consider investing in a quality eye cream that will keep the eye area hydrated. Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel, which will nurture dry skin, de-puff under-eye bags, and help brighten dark circles. Apply your eye cream twice daily, every morning and evening.


We often place so much thought and energy into caring for our complexion that we forget about another area that’s quick to show signs of aging skin—the neck. If you don’t know why you should pay attention to your neck, having a perfectly hydrated and plump complexion is great, but it will show if you don’t give your neck its fair share of care. Follow a skin care routine for your neck that’s similar to what you have in place for your face. Apply a moisturizer and SPF onto your neck and chest daily, and double down on the moisturizer at night before hitting the hay.


Like it or not, every time you are outdoors without sun protection, the sun’s rays are damaging your skin, according to the AAD. Over time, this damage builds up and, per the AAD, it can make you look years older than you naturally would. The solution? You guessed it: SPF! Sun protection can help slow down the signs of sun damage. The key is to use it every single day, rain or shine, and reapply it at least every two hours, plus immediately after swimming or sweating.

If you’re the type to forget this last step in your skin care routine, consider using a face moisturizer that’s also formulated with SPF, such as the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti Wrinkle Firming Day Cream SPF 25.

Beyond wearing sunscreen every day, taking other sun protection measures should be part of your anti-aging skin care routine. Heed the FDA’s advice and seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and wear protective accessories like a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.


Give your skin a moisture boost and address your aging skin concerns while you sleep with the help of an overnight mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask, or a night cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm. When you’re resting, your skin is actively refreshing itself while you catch your z’s, making it the prime time to wear a super-hydrating mask or cream!

Editor’s note: There’s more you can do for your skin while you snooze! Consider switching to a silk pillowcase and following a few of the other tips in our article, How to Make the Most of Your Beauty Sleep.

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