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How to Prevent, Minimize, and Treat Wrinkles Around Your Mouth

Lots of people worry about their appearance—even more so as they age. While some people start to see signs of aging earlier than others, everyone eventually has some degree of wrinkles around their mouths, eyes, and eyebrows.

Wrinkles around the mouth sometimes referred to as smile or laugh lines are nothing to be ashamed of. They are evidence of a life filled with smiles and laughter. However, age, genetics, smoking habits, and sun exposure all play their part in how soon you’ll start to see lines around your mouth, known as perioral wrinkles.

Unfortunately, women are more likely to show wrinkles. Once you start to see fine lines and wrinkles, the only solution is working to minimize their appearance before they can get worse.

With the help of a good dermatologist, the right products, and, in some cases, cosmetic surgery, you can work towards preventing, minimizing, and treating wrinkles around your mouth.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in your skin, hair, and nails. If you follow any influencers on social media, chances are you’ve noticed at least once of them touting a collagen smoothie. Collagen promotes a youthful, firm, and glowing complexion.

As we age, collagen production slows to a near halt. By age 40, your body is making less than half the collagen it did 20 years ago.

The best course of action is prevention

Dermatologists might recommend using a retinoid, serums, deep moisturizers, and other collagen enhancing creamsto prevent wrinkles. Retinoids improve cell turn over—something else slows down as we age—and boost collagen, but they can also be very harsh on the skin and increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Wear sunscreen every day regardless of the weather

Believe it or not, you are exposed to the sun’s damaging UV rays even in cloudy weather. Sun exposure is one of the primary causes of premature aging. It breaks down your skin’s natural collagen and decreases skin elasticity. Wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day—no matter how brief your time spent outside—will protect your facial skin from harmful UV rays and limit the breakdown of collagen.

Woman applying sunscreen on man

You might be over-expressing

You may have noticed that Kim Kardashian never smiles in her photos. It’s not because she’s a mean person, nor because she has nothing to smile about. Instead, she’s committed to a lifetime of maintaining a relaxed face to avoid fine lines.

The most expressive people are the most likely to develop wrinkles around the mouth. If you take a look in the mirror and practice smiling, laughing, frowning, or squinting, you’ll notice the exact points where your face creases.

If you’ve started to notice lines in these common points, you might be over-expressing. You can take the route of Kim Kardashian, or you can consider some of your other options.

Try facial exercises

If the muscles in your face are well exercised and toned, they’re less likely to show fine lines and wrinkles. Muscle tone can make up for lost collagen. Your dermatologist can suggest the best facial exercises for your problem areas and show you how to perform them.

Your dermatologist may offer in-office procedures

Your dermatologist or local medical spa will likely have a menu full of in-office procedures. These procedures can include the ever-popular Botox and fillers as well as various physical and chemical exfoliation methods.

Chemical peel options range from mild at-home masks to clinical-grade. As the name suggests, clinical-grade chemical peels are only available through professional services. Chemical peels, like in-office procedures, work to remove the upper level of your skin and invigorate your lower levels for a youthful appearance.

For instant, albeit temporary results, micro-needling is a good option. This procedure is exactly what it sounds like. Small needles are used to penetrate your skin’s upper layer to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin. Microinfusions are a similar option that drive microdroplets of fillers and neuromodulators into your skin for an instant smoothing effect.

Dermabrasion and resurfacing lasers work to remove the upper layers of dead skin and minimize the appearance of perioral wrinkles. Unlike micro-needling and microinfusions, dermabrasion and resurfacing layers have a period of recovery before you fully realize your results.

Recovery is not to be understated. If your goal is to leave your appointment looking better than when you went in, micro-needling and microinfusions are likely your best options. If you’re a little more patient and can handle the shock of dry, chapped, and red skin, dermabrasion and resurfacing lasers are a possibility for you.

All of the above methods are temporary fixes for your skin woes. Each of these quick fixes will require regular visits to maintain a wrinkle-free result.

You could consider more invasive procedures from a plastic surgeon

Face lifting procedure

If prevention hasn’t worked to your satisfaction or you don’t want to keep up with regular office visits, a facelift is the most invasive option for coping with wrinkles around the mouth. As such, it also has the longest recovery time and carries the risk of scars.

There are non-surgical facelift options available, but these require regular maintenance to achieve a lasting effect, as well.

You could also consider fat transfer. Like a facelift, you will need to visit a plastic surgeon to find out if this option is right for you. Fat transfer, also known as micro liposuction, is the process of removing unwanted fat from your buttocks, stomach, or legs, placing it in a centrifuge, and having it carefully injected into the wrinkles around your mouth.

Wrinkles around the mouth fall into three categories:

  1. Nasolabial lines, AKA smile lines – Smile lines run from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth.
  2. Marionette lines, AKA frown lines – These are vertical wrinkles around the corners of your mouth that can give the appearance of a frown. The downturned expression can leave you looking angry, overly serious, or sad, even when you’re not.
  3. Vertical lip lines, AKA smokers’ lines – These lines are caused by regular lip motions and are largely unavoidable. However, smokers and heavy straw drinkers are likely to see these lines earlier than others due to frequent lip pursing. Regular waxing can also contribute to vertical lip lines.

A regular skin care regimen is key to reducing and preventing lines around your mouth

The skincare market can be overwhelming, to say the least. Plenty of products promise far more than they can possibly deliver. Your dermatologist will likely have a long list of over-the-counter and prescription products for you to try.

If you’d rather go the do-it-yourself route or you’re the type to research products on your own, you’re sure to find a wealth of knowledge and product recommendations on the many internet skincare communities, beauty magazines, and YouTube gurus.

Focus on products with clinically proven results.

beauty products you trust

When choosing skin care products, it’s a safe bet to go with your dermatologist’s recommendation. They will have a variety of clinically-tested products with proven results. Some dermatologists may even sell their own line of branded skincare products.

When you opt for clinically tested products, you can rest assured that it has been thoughtfully engineered and tested to meet a laundry list of skin concerns. A good anti-aging product works to maintain your skin’s natural collagen production and prevent premature collagen breakdown.

Many products will include active ingredients such as retinol, Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, and Glycolic Acid, among others. These active ingredients work to chemically exfoliate the upper epidermis of your skin, but also increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so it’s doubly important to utilize a daily sunscreen. Regular use of these topical creams can minimize the appearance of existing wrinkles around the mouth while preventing new ones from forming.

Chemical exfoliation firms, lifts, and tightens sagging skin to achieve a contoured and sculpted look. It’s never too early to incorporate an active ingredient into your skincare regimen. Many are also a powerful remedy for old acne scars, skin texture issues, and stretch marks.

How do I discover the right products for me?

A cursory browse of Sephora, the internet, or your local drug store will likely leave you overwhelmed with the plethora of options—and they certainly don’t come cheap. Rather than tirelessly trying every available option, it’s important to search for clinically proven products with good reviews.

Your dermatologist or esthetician is always going to be your best resource for finding recommendations best suited to your skin’s unique needs.

Products don’t have to cost a fortune

As you browse the skincare market, you’re sure to see a wide range of prices. You don’t have to pay a fortune to get the results you want. While not all products are created equally, the most expensive products are not always the most effective. As far as cost-effective anti-aging wrinkle products, we recommend checking out XYZ Smart Collagen.

  • Updated July 2, 2020

Fancy Saying Goodbye to Forehead Wrinkles Forever? We Show You How to Get Rid of Them

I do. I really do. There’s just something about the idea of those lines on my head that makes me want to cry. Luckily for me, they’re not too pronounced. But unluckily for me, I think they may be before long.

Do you have that same dreaded feeling, every time you make an expression or, god forbid, look in the mirror? Perhaps you do, you are reading this after all.

So you know what I mean then?

That dreaded feeling you get when you have to face the forehead – it’s not my favorite activity, I must say. So, to try and stop myself feeling any worse and even have a go at making the whole situation a little more pleasant (let’s face it, it’s not going to come on leaps and bounds overnight), I did a bit of research.

wrinkled paper

I guess for me, one day, it just got so much worse. One minute I had these faint lines on my forehead that you could only really see if I frowned and in the right light. Then, the next, they became a permanent feature. Needless to say, I’m not impressed – but it’s time to admit I need to do something about it.

Now, back to the research. It was good – excellent. I now finally feel like I know what I’m doing, what I shouldn’t do and what I need to do. And so I shall impart my new-found wisdom on you too..

Among the many anti-aging skin care regimens I reviewed to get rid of my forehead wrinkles, I was most impressed by the product line from XYZ Smart Collagen. This groundbreaking selection of all-natural anti-aging products is bound to surpass your expectations for healthy skin. Check out my review of this innovative skincare line for more info. Moving on…

Prevention Over Cure

You’re probably not going to want to hear this bit (I know, because I didn’t either), but there are things we all shouldn’t have done, or still be doing, if we want to be forehead wrinkle free. After all, we do know that prevention is better than cure when it comes to, well, everything – so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

Staying out the sun, wearing an SPF, not smoking and sleeping well all top the list and I’m not all that surprised. I know that sun damage counts for an unbelievably huge percentage of wrinkle problems, but I don’t always remember to wear an SPF (oops). I don’t smoke, so that’s ticked off my list and I do try to sleep a lot, but my body doesn’t always let me (neither does having a job)!

But if like it is for me, it’s a bit too late for you, and you want to know a bit more on what can help you now, I have those bits covered off also…

Non-Invasive Ideas

Let’s ease you in with these, shall we! You may only need something topical to do the trick, especially if your forehead wrinkles are only faint or aren’t that deep yet and of course any source of Omega 3 can help – the fatty oils help to plump out the skin, including those pesky wrinkles.

bottle of Vaseline / petroleum jelly

Now we know that specific facial movement can cause our dreaded forehead wrinkles to form, but there is also a little trick that can help – petroleum jelly. It seems a bit silly, but the petroleum jelly works with the skin. After washing, spread a little along the forehead and it will get to work with plumping the skin and reducing the deepness of the lines. Genius, right!?

For something a little more commercial, there’s always the top 10 anti wrinkle creams. It seems like a cliché, but there are some that work wonders – particular those with Retinol (a form of Vitamin A that works amazingly with fine lines and wrinkles) in. I’ve tried La Roche Posay’s Redermic Anti-Ageing Dermatological Treatment, Roc’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler and even Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisture Cream with SPF 30 (an easy way of getting that in) so far and I have nothing but praise for each of them. They really can do the work!

Even illuminating face primers can help – the trick being the illuminating part. They work to reflect light away from the skin and sort of distract attention away from your forehead wrinkles (to pretend they’re not there) – which sounds good to me, and it works!

Surgical Steps

For something a little more permanent, there are always the surgical options. Botox being the first. Some people are partial, and others will say never, but it’s there. Botox needs to be applied every 4-6 months to be effective and primarily works by freezing the muscles to make it impossible for them to wrinkle. I like the sound of this.

smooth dunes

Likewise, there are peels. Sometimes called a chemical peel or an acid peel, it means that the top layer(s) of skin is removed to allow the fresh skin to replace it – thus super soft and (hopefully) wrinkle free! It can seem a little bit daunting or even over the top, but professionals have been doing them for years, and I’ve seen the results – they’re great. They also work wonders for other lines and even blemishes – something other options can’t work on at the same time.

And, if all of this seems a little bit much for you at the moment, there’s always bangs! Now you may laugh, but if you have bangs, you don’t have to look at the forehead wrinkles anymore – it’s a win-win situation.

For me, I think I’m going to stick to my limited options and give my skin the hydration it needs.

For that, I loved the all-natural product line from XYZ Smart Collagen. This California-based company is committed to a skincare regimen that delivers impressive results without the use of any toxic ingredients. That was something really important to me.

This beauty regimen provides all the hydration my skin needs to look and feel amazing with products I feel like I can trust. I’ve tried a variety of skincare lines before deciding on this one, and they just didn’t measure up. I highly recommend you give the Renew line a try yourself—I know I’m sticking with it. Read more about it here!

But that doesn’t mean to say I won’t opt for Botox or a peel if my problem persists – I will beat your forehead wrinkles, I will!

  • Updated July 4, 2020