Laugh lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and 11s–what do these expressions have in common? Why, they’re all nicknames for different types of wrinkles that tend to pop up as we age. And while their names might be a little humorous, the dull, tired look that they create isn’t quite as amusing.
So what are the lines amicably known as “The 11s,” and how can you improve their appearance? As it turns out, there’s some science behind why these lines show up in the first place and, perhaps more importantly, how you can smooth them away.
The Science behind “The 11s”
The fact of the matter is that wrinkles are inevitable. Any time you make a facial expression, whether you’re smiling, laughing, squinting, or furrowing your brow in frustration, muscle contractions occur under your skin. Those pulling movements eventually lead to wrinkles because the skin loses its collagen support structure and elasticity with age. In the specific case of “11” lines, which are those two parallel lines (hence the name) that sometimes appear between your eyebrows, the procerus muscle is to blame.
The procerus muscle runs from the bridge of your nose up to the center of your forehead, and is responsible for pulling the skin in this area of your face downward, which usually happens when you squint or make an angry expression (Farlex Medical Dictionary). The wrinkles known as “The 11s” form on either side of this muscle as a result of years of use.
But wrinkles don’t just stop there. Your procerus muscle has a little–actually, a lot–of help to control your eyebrow movement. The occipitofrontalis muscles raise your eyebrows, either together or separately, and the corrugator supercilii muscles pull them inward and down.
How to Get Rid of Them
With all this muscle action working on skin that is depleted of moisture, thin and less able to repair itself, combating wrinkles has to be a tall order, right? Well, sort of. Wrinkle formation is a complex process, so to reduce them, you’ve got to have a complex and diverse range of ingredients. AminoGenesis Wrinkle Arrest Anti Aging Day Cream with SPF 30 is one formula that can have a big impact on the smoothness and firmness of your skin. First, its combination of 17 amino acids helps to replenish your skin by boosting collagen and elastin production, as well as aiding in muscle and skin tissue repair. This formula also contains moisture binding ingredients.
Secondly, you’re doing your skin a huge disservice if you are not protecting it with a daily SPF moisturizer. Try as you might to get rid of wrinkles, if you’re exposing your face to damaging UV rays, you’re just inviting more wrinkles to come join the party. So why not combine powerful amino acids with a reliable SPF 30 sunscreen for the most effective wrinkle treatment and prevention?
Sure, wrinkles might be an unavoidable part of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let them get in the way of your appearance or even your self-confidence. With the right skin care routine, anyone can have smooth, glowing skin that actually repairs itself in order to restore and maintain a younger, more alert appearance.