I subscribe to a daily newsletter from Dr. Andrew Weil. A pioneer in the field of alternative/integrative medicine…he is a wealth of knowledge. I’ve read most of his books and heard him speak numerous times. This little piece of interesting information was included this morning.
It’s one of life’s small injustices
– women are more prone than men to form wrinkles around the mouth.
There are a few reasons why:
According to a recent analysis by dermatologists in the Netherlands, women have fewer oil-producing sebaceous glands around the upper lip – meaning less oil to keep the skin soft and supple.
*Women (particularly postmenopausal women) have fewer blood vessels in the upper lip area resulting in less blood flow to the region.
*The muscles around the mouth are closer to the skin in women than they are in men; this can mean the skin is pulled closer, leading to wrinkles.
I don’t smoke, I wear sunscreen religiously, I don’t use straws and I moisturizer heavily.
Oh…and I’ve taken up smiling for no reason whatsoever, whenever I think of it.
It helps lift spirits and hopefully smooths some of those little lines.
Just one of life’s little nuances designed to keep us on our toes.
Have a wonderful day!