“When French girls turn 13, we get a training bra and our first visit to the aesthetician to learn how to take care of our skin," says Laetitia Labassee, director of education for the Paris-based skincare company Darphin. But where does that leave the rest of us who haven't been getting weekly facials since junior high? Is a future face-lift inevitable? Not at all.
Over time, the "sleep wrinkles" caused by mushing your face against a pillow each night won't disappear once you're awake. If you sleep on your stomach, "the compression between the pillow and your skin can cause lines around the eye area that are more distinct than the usual lines caused by ageing," says Dr. Julia Tzu, a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. If you can't sleep on your back, consider silk sheets. (Some experts believe the fabric creates less friction than cotton.)
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"Teeth are our secret antiaging weapon," says Dr. Kevin Sands, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, who suggests all of his patients wear a night guard, a retainer-like appliance that prevents your teeth from touching. "You're shrinking your face, which also creates wrinkles and jowls," Sands explains.
Pounding the pavement can take a toll on your body, face included. "The constant up-and-down force may loosen facial ligaments and cause sagging and drooping in the cheeks, jaw, and jowls," says Dr. Julius Few, owner of the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Chicago and New York City. The ideal solution is to get your cardio fix with a nonimpact activity. If you jog, get a pair of sneakers with extra shock absorption.
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