Thinning Lips continued...
New Think: At home: A new reason to smile? Topical treatments are moving away from painful plumping and toward an antiaging approach. Peptide technology, antioxidants, and topical hyaluronic acids can help smooth lip wrinkles and plump slightly over time. Try Blistex Deep Renewal, $3, and Nivea A Kiss of Rejuvenation Anti-Aging Lip Care, $4, both with antioxidant CoQ10. Also try Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip, $30, with peptides.
At the Doctor's Office: HAs picked up where collagen fell short — lasting six to 12 months with no risk of allergic reactions. Studies even suggest HAs might encourage your own collagen to grow over the long haul.
Old Think: Concealer was your best bet for years. Under-eye creams that contained vitamin K showed promise by constricting dilated blood vessels (which cause the shadowing effect), but the vitamin was found to be unstable and tough to deliver topically.
New Think: At home: The first line of defense is to re-plump the skin around the eyes. As we age, we lose the fat under the eyes, which makes dilated blood vessels look more prominent. Retinol and other peptides thicken the skin. Brandt adds that creams with caffeine can help temporarily shrink dilated blood vessels. Try Dr. Brandt Skincare r3p Eye, $80, or Lancôme High Résolution Collaser-5X Eye Serum, $59. Another bright idea: More stable forms of vitamin K are being paired with new delivery systems to help it penetrate better. Try Auriderm Illume Eye Creme, $50. At the doctor's office: Once again, it's fillers to the rescue. HAs such as Perlane and Restylane fill in the hollow under the eye. The blood vessels can also be sealed with lasers such as the Vbeam. Finally, Thermage recently introduced a handheld device to tone, tighten, and stimulate collagen around the eyes, which will plump the area.
Future Think: Bank suspects we'll see one machine that would do the work of lasers and radio frequency — zapping blood vessels, tightening skin, and stimulating collagen — in a single treatment.
Old Think: We learned that pore size was genetically determined. (Darn!) However, dirt, debris, and even sun damage can stretch pores. For decades, dermatologists have turned to chemical peels (glycolic and salicylic acids) to unclog pores. They've also prescribed the antiacne medication Accutane, which shrinks pores by reducing oil glands, but controversy about the drug's safety (it's been linked to birth defects, depression, and suicide) has made that a less popular option today.