Wrinkles Around Your Mouth?

Wrinkles Around Your Mouth?

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!

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  1. April 27, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Really interesting. I always thought it was only caused by smoking (so thought I was safe 😉
    TYSM for popping by mine and leaving your lovely comments xx

  2. Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
    April 27, 2013 / 1:27 am

    I like your solution … and smiling often is a wonderful prescription to follow! 🙂 Happy Weekend, lovely! xoxo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  3. April 27, 2013 / 4:29 am

    Life is not fair but smiling always helps. 🙂

  4. Debby Steele
    April 25, 2013 / 11:19 am

    A lot of people say that men age better but I don’t agree. Women work at looking good. Wrinkles just tell our story that we have lived, experienced life, and are know wiser and more courageous for it. xo

  5. Bourbon & Pearls
    April 24, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    I’m still ok there, but I really need a chin strap, still I could easily hide a flesh coloured one under my mop.
    Face Time has become my nemesis, it should come with a warning for the over 45’s.

    • April 26, 2013 / 2:41 am

      LOL Tabs. I wish I had your mop to hide under!!
      Face time distorts images. I swear to that.

  6. April 23, 2013 / 2:15 am

    So, thats it!I need to smile 24/7 now!

  7. April 23, 2013 / 12:58 am

    Aha! That’s the reason…
    I think lots of wrinkled men grow beards and mustaches to draw attention away from their lines…
    I prefer to tweeze any hairs on my upper lip and show off my laugh lines!

  8. Coulda shoulda woulda
    April 22, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    I always put lip balm all around my lips ( at home) but it is a tell tale sign but also it just is such a focal point isn’t it? I am sl glad I got to find your blog thru sulky kittens blog roll! Otherwise it wouldn’t let me thru!

    • April 22, 2013 / 5:53 pm

      I slather cream on when I’m at home too. Looks sort of goofy to do it when out and about. I’m very glad to have found your blog too!!

  9. Catherine Robinson
    April 22, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Happy Monday…I’m with you on the smiling 😉
    Have a wonderful smiley day…let’s not worry about them!

    • April 22, 2013 / 3:39 pm

      Wonderful attitude Catherine! I can’t change them so no need to obsess about them.

  10. April 22, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    I’m over here stomping my feet – it’s just not fair, it’s just not fair, it’s just not fair. Women get old looking, men; distinguished. I’ve decided older looking women are distinguished too.

    And you’re right – a smile is beautiful and appealing from anyone – male or female. I’m smiling while I write this – will that help my neck look any better, do you think?

    • April 22, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      God I hope so about the neck. It’s sliding south so fast I can’t keep up with it.

  11. April 22, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    Interesting! Too bad there is not too much we can do about those mouth wrinkles other than what you’re already doing – no straws, ciggies and stay out of the sun when we’re unprotected.
    I will have to go outside the lines now when I put my nightly lip balm on before bed!

    • April 22, 2013 / 8:58 pm

      Yes. I slather on rich moisture, outside the lip line, then I layer on lip balm to seal it in.
      The whole process gets longer each year!!

  12. April 22, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    I think all those years of putting on lipstick must contribute as well! Hard to believe but I actually smile a lot – often at the stupidest things.

  13. April 22, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    I started touting the smiling remedy a few years back when my facialist wanted me to start Botox. Smiling lifts the whole face, looks wonderfully natural AND is much less expensive! I am lucky to be nearing 60 without the mouth lines. I won’t tell you why my husband takes credit for that!

  14. April 22, 2013 / 4:23 pm


    Informative post! ..yes, unfortunately we have those vertical lip lines to deal with. Keeping the area hydrated, protected, superficial peels.. may help:)


  15. April 22, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    Oh why wasn’t the Clarisonic invented twenty years ago. I always thought men aged better in the face because of all the shaving, i.e.daily surface peels. I do purse my lips and look like a two pack a day smoker.

    • April 22, 2013 / 3:43 pm

      I don’t purse and wondered why I was getting so many lines. Now I know. I do think the shaving is great though…my legs look much smoother than my face :-))

  16. April 22, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    good info! i duscovered that smiling makes you look younger and happier, so i am a smiling fool!!!!! good advice. i don’t see any lines yet, but then thankfully the universe is making my eyesight worse!

    • April 22, 2013 / 3:40 pm

      There is that…about the eyesight! Smiling actually releases hormone that make you feel happier too.

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