"As skin ages and sun damage occurs, the cells on the top layer of the skin do not divide and exfoliate normally -- so they're stuck on the skin, which makes your skin more opaque," says Dr David Bank, president of New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. "Light isn't able to bounce off, so skin is not as luscious and glowing as before."
He suggests glycolic acid to reduce wrinkles and sun spots, alpha hydroxyl acid cleanser, a retinol product before bed and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with antioxidants during the day.
Dr Banks' At home treatment: "Combine 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon oatmeal and 1 tablespoon honey to make a paste. Apply to your cleansed face in a circular motion and keep on for a minute or two before rinsing. Not only do the oatmeal and honey act as moisturizers, but the yogurt, which contains lactic acid, also decreases puffiness and may even stimulate collagen production. "
The good news is that you are not stuck with them. Vanessa Elese, a New York make-up artist and beauty expert who's worked for ABC and Fox, recommends this trick to hiding under-eye circles. "For a light concealer under the eye that brightens and tones down any superficial darkness, I choose Makeup Forever's Lift Concealer. This product is fantastic; it can be layered for more coverage without looking like you have make-up on, as well as diminishing any fine lines."
Dermatologist Frank Jossman recommends hyaluronic acid injections (Restylane) to reduce dark circles. "Under-eye circles are a problem for people of all ages. Hyaluronic acid can nourish, restore and plump the tissue, getting rid of those raccoon eyes that we all hate."
"Lips should look inviting and kissable, so take good care of them by making sure there is no dead skin on them and regularly maintaining them with vitamin E or balm to make sure they look polished and soft," says April Masini of askapril.com and the best-selling author of Think & Date Like a Man and Date Out of Your League. Masini recommends sticking to soft, sheer colors over bright lips. "Strong colors will just emphasize their thinness... Never use lip liner outside the natural lip line to try and fake bigger lips. You'll just end up looking like a clown."
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