Formative life events can also leave visible traces on the face. In the case of a traumatic experience or depression, this often manifests itself in the form of deep wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, the so-called grief wrinkles. But what is actually behind this phenomenon and how can the wrinkles be treated? Tikbow asked a dermatologist.
What are grief lines?
The natural aging of the skin begins at the age of about 25. From this point on, the skin loses elasticity, which makes it more susceptible to the development of wrinkles. Traumatic experiences or difficult times, however, can significantly accelerate the process of skin aging, explains skin expert Dr. Timm Golücke. First and foremost, such life events naturally have a mental impact, but the body is often affected as well. In addition to a general feeling of weakness, dejection or even depression, there may also be weight loss or gain, as well as increased wrinkling. Wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows or in the mouth and nose area, which develop in such a context, are called sadness or grief wrinkles.
How do mourning wrinkles develop?
The phenomenon of mourning wrinkles is multi-layered and can develop differently in each individual. In longer phases of mourning, however, several factors usually come together that cause the visible wrinkles to appear. One common factor is diet, which is often not given priority during such a phase. Many sufferers neglect their daily routine and consume food or fluids only sporadically, which not only shrinks the fat deposits in the face but can also lead to a lack of fluids and nutrients. Within a few weeks, both of these factors lead to an increase in the formation of lines on the face.
The result: the skin ages within a very short time to an extent that would normally take several years. The same effect can be caused by persistent internal and physical tension: Here, too, the development of permanent lines and wrinkles on the face is possible.
Hormones also influence the appearance of the skin
In addition to external influences such as diet and internal and physical stress, hormones also play an important role in changing the appearance of the skin. The hormonal balance can be severely disrupted by events, which usually has a lasting negative effect on the skin. Especially the messenger substances serotonin and endorphin have a proven effect on the skin – a prolonged deficiency leads to visible wrinkles.
What helps against grief lines?
To a certain extent, the development of wrinkles is a natural process that can only be stopped to a limited extent. However, if the skin is aging prematurely, the chances of improvement are good, because the skin, as an organ, has the ability to regenerate itself. Through the improvement of the well-being after the mourning phase, a lot of exercise in the fresh air and a healthy diet, the tired and depressed facial expression often disappears on its own. But if you want, you can speed up this process with a few beauty tricks:
1. adjust care routine
If the wrinkles are short term and appear during a period of mourning, they can be effectively treated with anti-aging agents. In such a phase, the skin care routine can be somewhat more thorough and rich in order to support the skin in its regeneration. Gentle, moisturizing cleansers and nourishing creams are suitable for this purpose. Power active ingredients that counteract the breakdown of collagen in the skin are retinol and hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C is also good for bringing back a healthy glow, but is not recommended for sensitive and delicate skin.
2. beauty treatments
If the wrinkles have already dug deep into the skin for months, adjusting the skin care routine is often no longer enough. A deeper, intensive treatment is needed. This is where a visit to the beautician helps, who can improve the skin’s appearance with various facials. For example, the skin can be boosted with a jet peel. The upper layer of skin is gently removed so that the surface appears even again. As an alternative to the cosmetic treatments, the specialist can inject hyaluronic acid into the wrinkles. This natural method quickly helps to achieve a healthy and more youthful appearance, because lines and wrinkles disappear for several months in just one session. Dermatologist Dr. Golücke also recommends using treatments that stimulate the formation of new collagen, such as mesotherapy and microneedling.
3. infusion therapies
Infusion therapies promise a quick improvement of many health complaints. Depending on the active ingredient used, these provide, among other things, more energy or a healthier complexion. Iron, zinc, copper and C and E vitamins can be used to strengthen the skin from the inside in the long term.
4. regular facial massages
Unfortunately, particularly pronounced wrinkles cannot be magicked away by facial massages. But in the long term, skin aging can be slowed down by such treatments. Simply apply a facial oil and stroke the face with your hands in circular motions. This improves blood circulation, optimizes lymph flow and preserves the skin’s natural elasticity.
5. change your diet
Since lifestyle has a great influence on the appearance of the skin, a good diet is essential to reduce wrinkles and give the skin a healthy glow. Plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as important fibers, proteins and healthy fats – which are contained for example in avocado, linseed or nuts – increase the general well-being and ensure a naturally beautiful skin.
Skin expert Dr. Golücke also recommends superfoods such as wild salmon. The fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which keep the skin radiant, supple and wrinkle-free, and also astaxanthin, which improves the elasticity of the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines. "Another superfood is blueberries, an excellent source of many phytochemicals, including anthocyanins, which act as antioxidants. It works around the clock to protect the skin from premature aging and damage and to protect the cell from DNA damage", explains the dermatologist. In addition to the right diet, he appeals for sufficient sleep, exercise and drinking enough water.
With expert advice from dermatologist Dr. Timm Golücke.