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Wrinkly face, smokers lines- help!!

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Caravanoflove Sun 10-Jan-16 09:53:20

I look old and haggered, I watched Star Wars and my face looks like Maz the little alien woman!
My skin is dry and I have deep horrible smokers lines (never smoked but waxed top lip for years and was too late by the time I realised it was causing lines).
I've had a lot of silly sun exposure/sun beds in my youth. We used to hire sun beds at uni in the early 90's with no idea of the effect it would have in our 40's, oh how I wish I could go back and tell my younger self not to be so silly.
I really need advice as to how I can improve things? I think fillers to the smokers lines may be the only solution but could also do with advice on helping with my dry skin. I've tried various oils and creams (currently in eve lom) but things are just getting worse!
I'm just 40 but feel about 60 and it's getting me down.

Tate15 Sun 10-Jan-16 10:47:20

This stuff is marvellous

Coconutty Sun 10-Jan-16 10:51:01

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Favouritethings Sun 10-Jan-16 10:55:14

Waxing top lip causes lines????

Caravanoflove Sun 10-Jan-16 11:02:59

Coconutty that made me laugh!
Favourite- apparently so
Tate- thanks so much, I've ordered it.
Any more suggestions? Particularly for the mouth lines?

mintbiscuit Sun 10-Jan-16 11:04:15

Eek! Waxing causes wrinkles?! I didn't realise and I've been waxing for yearssad

In order of importance I suggest the following:
1. Sunscreen. Apply religiously every day. Even if you aren't going out. (Make sure you have a cleanser that can effectively remove it. Oil based cleansers are best for this).
2. Hydrating products eg. Serums. Wrinkles look worse with dehydrated skin. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid ingredients are your best friends here. Layer several hydrating products with a face mist in between if necessary.
3. Seal it all in with a good moisturiser. (Use a heavy moisturiser at night - Vaseline as a sleeping pack is also really good at keeping all the moisture in)
4. Use a retinoid (pm) and vit c serum (am). These are the only things that will reverse damage. Skinceuticals is probably the best brand for these but £££! If you are getting fillers for deep lines (no products will get rid of those) you could see if they will prescribe you retin a.
5. Once your skin can tolerate retinoids you can give your skin a boost with AHAs. Glycolic acid will help.

Check out Caroline Hirons blog for info on routines and products.


PizzaConnoisseur Sun 10-Jan-16 11:11:40

Fillers and Botox if you're up to it, and it's in your price range, if you do your research there are some very good clinics at reasonable prices. They make a huge difference as long as you don't go overboard.

Alongside this work on a good skin care plan, the Caroline Hirons threads are a good place to start.

Caravanoflove Sun 10-Jan-16 11:12:08

That's amazing mint biscuit, thank you! I don't know where to start with getting fillers but I think it's the only option

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