No wrinkle is worth frowning about. Especially not when you have the knowledge and tools to prevent them. The lines that form around your mouth become etched onto your face over time when you smile, deepening due to loss of collagen and other important elements of our skin as we age. Lustre, firmness, and other invisible factors are lost, but there is a way to get it all back.
MyDomaine picked the brains of two beauty experts to curate a succinct list of treatments for these types of wrinkles. Ryan Christopher has about eight years of experience in the industry and currently serves as the global director of education for Cosmedix. We also consulted the king of glow himself, Matthew Miller, for his expertise on these treatments; he is bi-coastal, travelling between L.A. and New York to treat his clients. Both shared their thoughts on over-the-counter and more serious treatments.
Now, if your plan is to maintain a poker face for the rest of your life, then you probably won’t need the advice of beauty experts on how to get rid of smile lines, as you won’t have any. However, try any of these tips and you will be able to experience true joy.
“Cosmetic filler is a non-invasive way to plump back out those lines around the mouth area. There are many types of filler but most consist of mainly hyaluronic acid, which also breaks down as we age. Fillers are also not permanent, and bodies will break it down over a few months.” — Matthew Miller
Price: $540 to $1680
“This is an amazing option if you want to avoid injections. Microneedling causes microscopic controlled injuries to the skin. In order for a wound to heal, collagen is formed. This collagen is what helps plump and tighten the skin. A few treatments every four to six weeks is ideal.” — Miller
Price: $100 to $700
“Fraxel is a resurfacing laser that creates controlled wounds on the skin. The skin will go into recovery mode, producing collagen and new skin cells. It’s a popular treatment for not only fine lines but an array of skin concerns.” — Miller
Price: $900 to $1400
“There are also medical treatments that can offer more dramatic results. Injectable treatments like Botox and fillers can help to address the loss of collagen underneath the surface of the skin and help to reduce the ability to make a stronger expression.” — Ryan Christopher
“For many people who want to avoid needles and surgeries, aestheticians offer a facial service called microcurrent that uses an electric current to stimulate muscular contraction and firms the skin around the mouth underneath the surface of the skin. Don’t fret and frown! You can smile with confidence knowing that there are so many great options to help reduce these pesky smile lines.” – Christopher
“Our bodies have the ability to absorb light and convert into energy. The Light Stim Red Light uses LED Therapy to emits different wavelengths of light into the skin. This can help plump and give you an overall more radiant and youthful appearance. This device is pain-free and non-invasive. I usually will use it at night while I’m relaxing in front of the TV or while reading a book.” — Miller
“There are many serums that contain anti-aging peptides to help plump the depth of expression lines as well. These are best used after cleansing and exfoliation to get the best penetration of the active ingredients. I recommend Cosmedix Cell ID serum as it is the most power-packed serum with age-defying peptides for firming the skin.” — Christopher
“Retinol has the ability to constantly keep skin cells renewing. This can help wrinkles from forming and help lessen the appearance of current ones. If you are new to retinol (vitamin A), look for packaging that says “encapsulated retinol.” This makes the ingredient more effective and less irritating.” — Miller
“The first step in prevention is skincare! Maintaining hydration levels with an appropriate serum and moisturizer will be the first line of defense to keep the skin plump. I recommend Cosmedix Humidify as a moisturizer that will lock in hydration especially for dry skin types that tend to show wrinkles more often.” — Christopher
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