You probably don't even realize you're doing it: scrunching your face in concentration or raising your brows. But unconscious habits like these make skin bunch up, causing creases. At first, they're temporary. "When we're young, collagen and elastin help skin maintain its shape," says dermatologist Earlyn Noll, M.D. Over time, your stores of these plumpers get depleted—and that's when fleeting lines become perma-crinkles. But there's plenty you can do to soften the lines you have and prevent new ones from forming, starting right now.More
Don't look so surprised. Really: Don't. "Brow-raising is the primary cause of forehead wrinkles," says psychiatrist and dermatologist Amy Wechsler, M.D., of Weill Cornell Medical College. A silicone-based primer temporarily fills and "blurs" wrinkles—Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler ($13, drugstores) is a good one. Botox or Dysport injections are still the best way to prevent new lines and make the ones you have look more relaxed, but there's a cheaper, easier option: Get bangs!
It causes tiny lines around your mouth, and the worst offender is smoking (so quit already). Sipping through a straw is another cause; try drinking straight from the cup. Prevent future wrinkling by wearing sunscreen around your lips and a lip balm with SPF. "Sun damage breaks down collagen and elastin," says dermatologist Tina Alster, M.D., of Georgetown University. And use a colorless lip pencil like Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector ($19, Sephora) on the upper and lower lip line to fill those wrinkles right in.