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Is Your Skin Aging Faster Than You Are?

Genetics, smoking, and sun can make you look older, but doctors say there are ways to fight back.

In Your 30s continued...

Lior agrees. "The glow or radiance kids have - you lose that with time because your cells don't turn over as often. Chemical peels can assist in this exfoliation process. They allow the radiance and glow to show through by sloughing off the older cells on top."

In addition to changes in skin tone, Massa says people in their 30s may notice their first few wrinkles. "We see a lot of people in the late 20s or early 30s that are starting to see the finest lines around their eyes. They're starting to see the folds between the eyebrows." She says it's not uncommon for women in this age group to request Botox injections to soften lines in the upper face. "Botox is a very appropriate treatment for anyone who is starting to be bothered by lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, and crow's feet. However, it is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding."

In Your 40s

"In the 40s, everything hits," Massa says. "The skin is duller, not as smooth, not as glowing. There are more problems with pigmentation as sun exposure really catches up with them. There are complaints about lines around the eyes, lines in the forehead, lines around the mouth. The corners of the mouth tend to be a little down-turned, making them look sad when they are not. The lips get smaller. The skin starts to sag."

But Massa insists 40-somethings don't have to take all this lying down. There are chemical peels to even out skin tone, Botox for lines around the eyes, and fillers such as collagen or hyaluronic acid for lines around the mouth. Shrinking lips can be augmented. For sagging skin, Massa recommends Thermage, a procedure that uses heat to tighten and tone the skin without surgery.

In Your 50s

In your 50s, Massa says, "all the things that hit in the 40s are deeper and more intense. Fine lines on the cheeks become more of an issue. Lines from the nose to the mouth or from the corners of the mouth down - marionette lines - become deeper. Age spots become more common."

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