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Smooth Out Facial Wrinkles

Updated on November 30, 2015
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You can minimize the appearance of these common expression lines.

Chances are you’ve been giving your facial muscles a workout – furrowing your brow, squinting your eyes or pursing your lips – why you may start to notice expression lines. Though age has little to do with why we get them, the longer you’ve been making them, the deeper your lines become.

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The Basic Facts

An expression line occurs from repeated movements made by muscles in your skin; it looks like a small crease on the skin’s outer surface. (It’s similar to what happens when you fold paper in the same spot over and over.) The crease represents a loss of collagen and elastic tissue (the structural support of your skin), why – over time – the lines become deep indentations.

What To Look For

Take note of the following triggers:

  • Sun exposure. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can create a breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue, which is why sunscreen is vital.
  • Lines all the time. If an expression line remains even when your face is at rest, your collagen and elastic tissue have most likely already been damaged.

Simple Solutions

Prevent deep expression lines. Beauty Rx:

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  • Try vitamin-A-based creams. They can help reduce the appearance of lines. Apply the over-the-counter form, retinol, found in Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Serum, or ask your doctor about the prescription version.

  • Stick-on a temporary immobilizer. Relax expression lines with Frownies, facial pads that help re-educate your muscles.

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  • Sample an over-the-counter serum to help temporarily smooth out expression lines. Apply DermaFreeze 365, Freeze 24/7 Anti-Wrinkle Cream or Wexler’s own MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum.

What Works

To minimize expression lines, you must reduce or inhibit the neuromuscular movements that cause them.

The bottom line Injections of Botox Cosmetic, a highly purified form of botulinum toxin, temporarily relax muscles to prevent expression. Results can last three to six months. Potential side effects: mild pain, swelling and bruising.

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