Everything You Need to Know About Smile Lines, According to Skincare Experts



We'll admit that we spend a good deal of time examining our skin. As in one inch away from the mirror, directly under our bathroom's fluorescent lighting, pulling our faces every which way type of examining. And though some of the time we do, indeed, have an agenda (like trying to tweeze that teensy tiny brow hair, or banish that one annoying blackhead,) more often then not we're examining our skin just for the heck of it—a scary pastime indeed.

And not surprisingly, as the years have worn on, we've made some pretty interesting discoveries. One being smile lines. (Although we would have noticed them eventually thanks to their increasingly conspicuous stature.) Are they harming us? No. Do they pose a potential health risk? No. Is it annoying when our setting powder makes a cozy home in them? Yes. 

So we had some questions. For instance, what are they, why do we get them, and what can we do to make them less obvious? To get some answers, we talked to two leading experts in the skincare industry: Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD, a top dermatologist based in New York City, and Renée Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician and creator of Renée Rouleau Skincare. Keep reading to find out what you can do to help and prevent smile lines.