Call them smoker’s lines, lipstick lines, or whatever you like, but fine lines around the mouth are telltale signs of your real age and some not-so-healthy habits (hello smoking and tanning). Fortunately, there are more treatments than ever before that can literally erase those lines from your face.
Toxins, fillers, lasers—they've comprised the bulk of the beauty world's breaking news since the dawn of Botox for cosmetic use. And for good reason: Line-smoothing shots (Botox and now Xeomin and Dysport) and contour-restoring hyaluronic acid fillers (like Restylane and Juvéderm) are pretty freaking miraculous. And remember when we heralded the arrival of skin-tightening treatments, like Thermage and Ultherapy? Sharpen a jawline without a single prick!
Like most women over 40, I have mixed feelings about my complexion. I love my pores (they’re practically nonexistent), tolerate the fine lines around my eyes (I have to look pretty closely in the mirror to see them), dislike all the redness on my nose and cheeks (there’s lots), and full-on hate the brown splotches that are becoming all too prominent (like Lady Macbeth, I often use profanities to describe my spots).
You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The common expression dates all the way back to 1866 — and the Victorians weren’t that far off. Here’s why you should chow down on a McIntosh, Fuji, or Gala with your lunch today:
The reach of this disease is immense, with more than 3 million people diagnosed each year in the United States alone. And while taking on the world’s most common cancer may seem like an impossible feat, we’re up for the challenge — but we need your help.
Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, we had a different relationship with the sun. We didn’t think we looked good or “healthy” unless we had a tan. Ironic, isn’t it? I spent many hours in my teens and 20s laying out in the sun – burn, peel, repeat…until the tan took hold.
The nearly limitless number of sunscreen choices can be confusing—if you guess wrong, you will literally get burned. Follow these golden rules for finding the best and most protective sunscreen options.
Now that warm weather is here, most people are spending more time outside in the sun. Did you know that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes? Follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect yourself and your family.
Antioxidants have perhaps the most abstract of skin-saving missions: the right ones neutralize rogue free radicals before they can corrupt DNA or maim collagen. (Which sounds vaguely cinematic, but is, in fact, a very real thing happening in your skin right now.) These enemy molecules are utterly inconspicuous — arising from both internal metabolic happenings and ordinary external elements, like sunlight and pollution — but the damage they do is blatant, manifesting as wrinkles, brown spots, and skin cancer.
When you picture zinc, you might think of zinc lozenges—you know, those syrupy-tasting tablets that soothe your sore throat when the temperature drops. But in addition to keeping your immune system in tip top shape, zinc is an essential mineral your cells need to keep your whole body running smoothly, especially when it comes to your metabolism, growth, and senses.
Whether you put it on a pedestal as makeup-removing manna from heaven or call bullsh-t on the entire thing, it's hard to deny the appeal of micellar water. If you wear a lot of foundation, if you're exhausted by the idea of washing your face, if you're lazy, if you're convinced that tap water is the root of all your skin evils, if you want desperately to cash in on any and all "French beauty secrets" — then micellar water is for you.
It's easy to forget to drink enough water, but now that summer is approaching, it's especially important that we keep our bodies hydrated. If you don't drink enough, you can get headaches, feel nauseated, and find it hard to concentrate.
Let's face it, as crucial as we all know it is to remove our makeup each and every night before bed, there are still times when we slip between the sheets with a 12-hour face of makeup, ultimately smudging onto our pillows and sheets.
When it comes to aging, skin shows some of the most visible signs. Wrinkles, thinning and sagging skin, and sun spots known collectively as photoaging have all led to explosive growth in the global anti-aging skin care market.