Four Types Of Wrinkles And The Seven Best Ways To Treat Them

Written by Aaron Guldager — December 31, 2018

Four Types Of Wrinkles And The Seven Best Ways To Treat Them

On your best days, you feel great about yourself and wake up, look in the mirror (after removing your SiO Beauty patches, of course!), and see a radiant, beautiful face gazing back at you.

But on other days, you might not feel quite as glowing and can’t help but notice those wrinkles — and not just wrinkles, but also creases and lines and folds...oh my!

“Wrinkles” come in all shapes and sizes. There are various types of wrinkles and they’re not all the same. And, to make matters even more complicated, aging is not their only origin.

If you’re interested in minimizing your wrinkles (who isn’t?), you’re in the right place. We’re here to tell you about four different types of wrinkles, where they come from, and how you can make them less noticeable.

Four Types Of Wrinkles

You may have heard about static and dynamic wrinkles or words like “atrophic” or “elastotic” to describe wrinkles. But we’re going to keep things simple for you so you can start treating your wrinkles and get on with your day!

First, an overview of four different types of wrinkles, and then we’ll let you in on the best ways to deal with each one.

1) Expression Lines

woman with blonde hair and red lips laughing with her head thrown back

Expression lines are just what they sound like: lines on your face from the expressions that you make.

Initially, the lines only show up when you’re making that facial expression. But after years of laughing, frowning, and smiling, those lines tend to etch themselves into your face more permanently.

You might recognize them as horizontal lines on your forehead, smile lines around your mouth, crows feet, bunny lines, or creases around your eyes from years of squinting.

2) Compression Wrinkles

woman sleeping on her stomach with arms folded underneath her body

Compression wrinkles occur when your face is squished up against something for a long time (think pillows). We could also call them “sleep wrinkles.”

That’s right, beauty sleep is important but can also cause compression wrinkles.

In a publication titled, “Sleep Wrinkles: Facial Aging and Facial Distortion During Sleep,” it’s noted that “Sleep wrinkles develop in response to distortion created when the face is pressed against any sleep surface. Compression, shear, and stress forces result in facial distortion in side or stomach sleeping positions.”

The researchers go on to say that the compression and “facial distortion” during sleep can cause wrinkles and can also lead to biomechanical changes in the face.

3) Gravitational Folds

aging woman smiling and showing her gravitational folds, one of the four types of wrinkles

Gravitational folds look less like wrinkles or creases and more like actual folds of skin. Imagine folds of skin like marionette lines or nasolabial folds and you’re on the right track.

And where do they come from? If you guessed “gravity,” you’re headed in the right direction. They’re due to gravity’s pull on your skin and the loss of skin elasticity as you age.

4) Elastic Creases

woman examining the types of wrinkles on her face while looking in the mirror

Elastic creases are your typical line or crease in the skin. Think cheeks, upper lip, and neck.

These wrinkles aren’t sagging skin like gravitational folds, they’re not due to facial expressions like expression lines, and they don’t come from your face being pushed against something like compression wrinkles.

Etched into your skin from years of creasing in the same spot, elastic creases form more quickly due to sun exposure. Sun rays damage collagen and elastin — two of the most crucial components in keeping your skin wrinkle-free.

Seven Ways To Treat Different Types Of Wrinkles

Now that you know the names of the lines you see on your face and how they got to be there, you’re probably wondering what you can do to treat them. After all, every girl wants smooth, glowing skin.

The good news is that there are lots of ways to treat these four different types of wrinkles.

How To Treat Expression Lines

Your smile lines and other expression lines contribute to your natural beauty, but if they’re concerning you or especially pronounced, there are ways to treat these wrinkles.

1) Take Note Of Your Facial Posture

We will never tell you to stop smiling and laughing (though we do hope you turn your frown upside-down).

But because expression lines come from repeated facial movements, it doesn’t hurt to notice the movements that you make every day.

Some people live with their eyebrows raised or have a resting frown face. Go to a mirror and notice the posture of your face. Then purposefully relax and try to maintain that posture during your day-to-day.

2) Use At-Home Wrinkle Reduction Products

In addition to facial posture, you can treat your expression lines easily at home with SiO Beauty patches.


SiO patches reduce the visibility of expression lines by hydrating and plumping your skin.

And it’s easy to get into the habit of using them! All you have to do is put the patches on before you hop into bed, get a great night of sleep, and take the patches off when you wake up. Good morning, gorgeous skin!

Added bonus: You can also wear your SiO patches during the day for an extra boost of hydration.

How To Treat Compression Wrinkles

3) Become A Back-Sleeper

Try to change your sleep habits so that you don’t sleep on your side or your stomach. That will keep your face from smashing into the pillow all night long.

If you just can’t seem to kick your life-long side-sleeping habit immediately, don’t worry. You can also invest in special pillows and pillowcases designed to help reduce compression wrinkles.

woman sleeping on her back to to prevent one of the four types of wrinkles

And be patient. Beauty experts say it can take up to four weeks to notice a difference once you make a change in the way you sleep.

While you’re examining your sleep habits, don’t forget that one of the best ways to effortlessly treat wrinkles overnight is by wearing SiO Beauty patches. Put your hours in bed to work for you!

Get a set of patches delivered to your house and re-wear them up to 10 times! That’s a lot of wrinkle reduction.

How To Treat Gravitational Folds

Unless you’ve discovered the fountain of youth or know how to reverse gravity, these wrinkles are a bit harder to deal with.

You could treat gravitational folds with a facelift, but that can involve a good amount of time, money, and risk.

There are several other healthy ways to take care of your skin, prevent gravitational folds, and reduce the appearance of any folds or wrinkles you already have.

4) Slow Down Collagen Loss

Collagen is super important in preventing wrinkles!

To slow down the loss of collagen, wear sunscreen every day, get adequate sleep every night, and stop smoking.

5) Stay Hydrated

It’s also important to keep your skin healthy and glowing in general by staying hydrated — drink lots of water and use moisturizers.

Tip: Kick up your moisturizing game if you notice your skin is extra-dry during wintertime.

How To Treat Elastic Creases

6) Protect Yourself From The Sun

Everyone makes a big deal about sunscreen for a reason. It’s super important in wrinkle-prevention.

So if you’re trying to prevent more elastic creases from forming, armor up with sunscreen every day — not just when you’re going to the beach or to the lake.

woman applying sunscreen to her face while camping outdoors

Dermatologist John R. Stanley says, “Sun protection is the single most important thing to ensure your skin looks good for a long time. All the other things you could do to your skin are so minor compared to sun protection.”

7) Ramp Up Moisture

Finally, you can treat elastic creases with SiO patches because they provide your skin with just what it needs: gentle compression and moisture.

woman wearing SiO Beauty patches on her face

Now you’ve got all the information you need to treat whatever wrinkle comes your way — and plenty of these solutions can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Start fighting your wrinkles today with healthy habits, good facial posture, impeccable skin care, and SiO Beauty patches. Hello, fabulous skin!

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