Whether you call them laugh lines, wrinkles or smile lines, the vertical marks that appear around our mouths like spokes on a wheel can be a nuisance! It’s impossible to live life without moving our lips, so how do we keep these lines from giving away our age?
Before you can understand how to treat facial lines, it’s important to understand why they form. Facial skin is connected directly to small muscles that make it move. This is what allows us to make facial expressions. The muscles around our lips and mouth area are like purse strings that constantly move skin, gather it up and stretch it out. This allows us to drink through straws, kiss and even express happiness or pain. The result is creases like we see on a piece of cardboard that gets folded repeatedly.
Once these lines occur, there are a few options available to help reduce their appearance. One common treatment is to undergo Botox. Botox is an injectable drug that temporarily paralyzes small facial muscles by interfering with the nerve transmission to the muscle to let the “purse strings” relax. While good results do occur from this treatment, the injections only last 3-6 months before they need to be done again at a cost of several hundred dollars. Another option is injectable fillers that can be placed beneath the depth of wrinkle lines, but even these fillers only last for up to one year. A better way is to use Theraderm Peptide Hydrator. This moisturizer has ingredients that visibly plump the skin around the lips while at the same time stimulating new collagen to be built in order to naturally fill in the depth of the wrinkle lines. This gives a long lasting youthful look done “naturally.”
Though we can never fully prevent wrinkles and other signs of skin aging, there are ways to limit the severity of the signs. Sun exposure occurs daily in life to provide an ongoing cumulative aging of the skin due to UV injury to the skin. Dr. Beckman refers to as “Incremental Aging.” Use of a really good sunscreen for blocking UVA and UVB such as Theraderm Platinum Protection provides the protection you need to keep UV energy from penetrating the skin. Daily use of Theraderm Fruit Acid as part of a skincare routine helps to minimize actual damage from any sun energy that gets to the skin and thus wards off signs of aging such as lines around your mouth at bay.