Fine lines and wrinkles – How can I reduce or remove them?

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While our skin is as individual as we are, and skin ages differently depending on our genetics and lifestyle, the first signs of skin aging normally appear on the surface of skin from around the age of 30.

As skin ages its processes slow down and its structure weakens. The substances that keep skin firm and smooth start to reduce. This is due to a combination of internal and external factors.

The most noticeable first signs of skin aging are fine lines and wrinkles which deepen with the passing of time. There is a range of ways to treat them and reduce their appearance. Some methods are invasive, others are non-invasive. Some offer immediate benefits and others longer-term results.

Causes & Triggers and Contributing Factors

What causes fine lines and wrinkles?

Skin’s structure changes as we age and fine lines and wrinkles develop

As we get older, the substances that keep our skin smooth decline. These include collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic Acid.

Young skin has a structure a bit like building blocks: a regular arrangement of dermal tissue and a plentiful supply of collagen. It appears even and feels firm. Over time, internal and external factors start to affect the way skin looks:

  • Internal factors: the natural (or biological) aging process predetermined by our genes
  • External factors: environmental factors that cause oxidative stress to skin for example over-exposure to sunlight

From about the age of 25, a 1% annual decline in collagen levels, along with an increasingly disorganized dermal tissue arrangement, causes a loss of skin strength and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Another key factor in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles is age-induced dryness. As a result of decreased skin functions, mature skin becomes increasingly dry and may be itchy and rough too. This is, among other factors, due to a decrease in the amount of Hyaluronic Acid being produced in the skin. This is the moisture-binding substance that surrounds the cells giving skin it’s youthful, smooth appearance. This decline causes skin to lose its full and firm feel and become more susceptible to creasing and deep wrinkles.

These general skin aging processes also contribute to a loss of volume and, as skin matures further, a loss of elasticity.

What exacerbates fine lines and wrinkles?

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of getting older, but there are both internal and external factors that can speed up their development:

Sun exposure accelerates the development of fine lines and wrinkles more than any other external factor.


Sun damage is the primary cause of photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun) and contributes to wrinkles. Prolonged and repeated exposure causes damage to collagen and will result in a less elastic, weakened skin structure that wrinkles more easily. Read more in how UVA, UVB and HEVIS light affect skin


Pollution triggers the release of free radicals and accelerates oxidative stress in the skin


Oxidative stress is triggered by smoking. Free radicals damage skin’s structure and contribute to general signs of aging including wrinkles. In addition, the nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes damage the collagen and elastin in skin. This has an effect on skin’s elasticity and may also cause wrinkles.


Certain foods, mostly fruits and vegetables, are rich in antioxidants and can help to prevent premature aging and slow down skin aging in general.

Lack of sleep

Skin needs sleep to repair and regenerate.

Signs & Symptoms

Where do fine lines and wrinkles appear and why?

Unlike a loss of volume, fine lines and wrinkles are easy to spot as they appear as distinct lines or creases on the face. Over time, fine lines appear all over the face and develop into deep wrinkles, but they tend to become visible in certain areas first:

Wrinkles under eyes

The first visible fine lines and wrinkles appear around the eyes.

Fine lines around the eyes are often the first visible sign of skin aging and are known as ‘crow’s feet’ or ‘laughter lines’. This is because the thinner skin in this area is more prone to developing lines than elsewhere on the face. There fine lines develop into wrinkles and get more pronounced over time. Wrinkles are also often most noticeable in the eye area.

Wrinkles on the forehead

Wrinkles on the forehead deepen over time

You may notice horizontal lines and furrows between the brows. These start as ‘mimic wrinkles’ and are partly caused by facial expressions. They deepen over time.

Nasolabial folds

Fine lines around the mouth and nose become deep and visible and are known as the nasolabial folds

Deeper wrinkles appear and link the nose and the mouth. These are known as nasolabial folds. The appearance of these wrinkles can be linked to a loss of volume as they are also a sign of sagging skin.


How can I reduce fine lines and wrinkles?

Although all healthy skin will age, there are things you can do to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and add radiance to your skin.

Complexion Correction

Faces with a smooth complexion tend to look younger. Tinted creams with color pigments or make-up can be used as a short-term solution to even skin tone and correct complexion. Choose a product which applies evenly, and does not form lines, to help your skin appear younger.

Wrinkle-reducing skincare solutions

Active ingredients in anti-aging products can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Anti-aging skincare products can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The following active ingredients (listed alphabetically) are used in anti-aging formulas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles:

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

These act like super-exfoliators. They break the bonds that hold dry and damaged cells together, to encourage new skin to show through.The complex used in Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night Peeling & Serum combines three different acids – Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Gluconolactone (a Polyhydroxy Acid) – clinically and dermatologically proven to gently but effectively exfoliate skin and stimulate cell renewal. Gluconolactone also supports the matrix around skin collagen, protects against collagen degradation and helps skin to maintain its elasticity.



Arctiin is a naturally-derived active extracted from the fruit of the Burdock plant. It stimulates the repair of weakened connective tissue in the cell walls. Arctiin also accelerates the collagen renewal process in skin cells which slows dramatically as we age. Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Day SPF 15 and Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Night with Arctiin improve elasticity and firmness in mature skin.

Argan Oil

Argan Oil

Argan Oil (also known as Argania Spinosa kernel oil) is oil expressed from the kernels of the argan tree. It contains up to 80% essential fatty acids (Omega-9 and Omega-6). The body uses fatty acids to produce and repair cell membranes and strengthen skin so it is able to perform its vital function of protecting the body. Argan Oil is also rich in Vitamin E (a powerful anti-oxidant), has anti-inflammatory properties and makes skin smoother and softer. It is a key ingredient in Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Night and Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Facial Oil.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10

Formulas with Coenzyme Q10, such as those in the Eucerin Q10 ACTIVE range, stimulate energy production within the cells.



Dexpanthenol, also known as Panthenol, is an extremely effective moisturizer. It improves hydration in the outermost layers of the skin and helps to reduce transepidermal water loss to keep skin soft and elastic. Dexpanthenol enhances skin regeneration and repair overnight and is a key ingredient in Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night and Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Volume-Lift Night.

Glycine Saponin

Glycine Saponin

Glycine Saponin, also known as Glycine Soja Germ Extract, is an active ingredient extracted from the soya bean. It is one of the most effective stimulators of Hyaluronic Acid in the dermal layer of skin and has been proven to increase Hyaluronic Acid production by up to 256% on a cellular level1. It is a key ingredient in Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is formed by skin cells and is part of the connective tissue of the skin. One of its key functions is to retain moisture, and it has the ability to bind in between 1,000 and 10,000 times its own weight in water (i.e. one gram binds between one and ten liters). As we age, the skin's natural ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid depletes and wrinkles start to form and deepen.

High and low molecular Hyaluronic Acid

Eucerin uses two different types of Hyaluronic Acid in the Hyaluron-Filler and Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity, Anti-Pigment Dual Serum and Sun Photoaging Control formulas to effectively target and plump wrinkles from the inside out:

  • High molecular Hyaluronic Acid (also known as long-chained Hyaluronic Acid). This remains on skin’s surface and works to improve hydration in the outermost layer of the epidermis – where fine lines and winkles originate.
  • Low molecular Hyaluronic Acid (also known as short-chained Hyaluronic Acid). With molecules that are 40 times smaller 2 than those of high molecular Hyaluronic Acid, low molecular Hyaluronic Acid penetrates further into the epidermal layers where it stimulates skin’s own production of Hyaluronic Acid, replenishing moisture where deeper wrinkles originate.



Magnolol is a highly effective active ingredient extracted from the bark of the Magnolia tree and is also known as Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract. It triggers the excretion of a bio-active substance in the dermal layers of skin which increases the synthesis of collagen and stimulates the number and size of volume-giving cells, "plumping" areas of diminished volume3. It is a key ingredient in the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Volume-Lift range.

Milk Thistle Oil

Milk Thistle Oil

The oil of the Milk Thistle plant (also known as Lady's Thistle or Silybum Marianium) is a common ingredient in anti-aging skincare. It contains Linoleic acid (an Omega-6 fatty acid) and is known to nourish skin and improve radiance. It is one of the oils in Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Facial Oil.

Oligo Peptides

Oligo Peptides

Oligo Peptides stimulate the collagen network responsible for a firmer skin structure. They also improve collagen synthesis in the dermal layers of skin, thereby strengthening the dermal connective tissue3. They are extracted from the fruit and seeds of the Anise plant, which was originally cultivated for its skin-enhancing properties and are also known as Pimpinella Anisum Fruit Extract. They are a key ingredient in the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Volume-Lift range.



Silymarin is extracted from the fruits of the Milk Thistle plant (also known as Lady's Thistle). It is a powerful antioxidant, protecting collagen and elastin from oxidative stress, and helps to strengthen skin's microcirculation system at a cellular level. It is a key active in the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity formula.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Vitamin E (also known as Tocopherol) is a powerful anti-oxidant that protects skin against the free radicals that cause oxidative stress and helps to support its natural resilience. It is one of the ingredients in Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Facial Oil.


Enoxolone, also known as Glycyrrhetinic Acid is derived from the roots of Chinese licorice plants. It inhibits the Hyaluronic Acid degradating enzyme Hyaluronidase (HYAL1) and therefore the degradation of skin‘s own Hyaluronic Acid by more than 50%.

Invasive wrinkle treatments

Any wrinkle treatment that involves an invasive procedure should be carried out by a dermatologist, or other professional, in a clinical environment. Invasive wrinkle treatments include:

Dermal fillers are often used to treat the deep nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth.
Invasive treatments should be performed in a clinical setting.

Dermal filler injections: These are designed to fill out wrinkles by plumping up the skin, most commonly with Hyaluronic Acid.

Medical research has shown that the use of some skincare products containing Hyaluronic Acid can significantly improve the effects of Hyaluronic Acid filling treatments when skin care products are used regularly after the injection over a prolonged time − especially around the eyes. Hyaluronic Acid is the main active in the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler anti-aging family and is proven to deliver results, especially in the eye area.

Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections: These work by temporarily restricting facial muscle movement. They are most commonly used on the forehead and around the eyes. This reduces wrinkles caused by facial expressions. The effects wear off after several months and the procedure must be repeated to maintain results.

1 Study report: Saponins – a new generation of Hyaluronan-stimulating actives for human skin, S. Gallinat, F. Rippke, C. Keppler, J. Mergell, A. Bürger, F. Stäb, H. Wenck Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg, Germany

2 The standard unit for measuring the mass of an atom is a kilo Dalton (kDa). High molecular Hyaluronic Acid has a kDa of 2000 and low molecular Hyaluronic Acid has a kDa of 52. Both are contained in the Hyaluron-Filler, Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity and Sun Photoaging Control formulas.

3 In-vitro studies

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