Are you looking to treat your marionette lines? We got you! Let’s talk about why they appear, and how to prevent and get rid of them.
Are your peers constantly asking you why you look like you’re in a bad mood? Don’t worry, you’ve probably just got a case of marionette lines. Some may call them “smile lines” but these lines are definitely not something to smile about.
If you’re thinking, “What are marionette lines? Isn’t that a type of puppet?”, you’re not entirely wrong. A marionette string puppet is a type of puppet with a jaw that’s cut out so that a ventriloquist can easily move its mouth to make it appear as if it were speaking. Well not surprisingly, real people have marionette lines too. These are just a natural part of aging. But before we talk about how to get rid of them, let’s take a deeper dive into what they are, and how they develop.
What are these pesky marionette lines?
When you think about the cuts around a marionette string puppet’s mouth, that’s precisely what marionette lines are. These lines are the vertical lines that appear from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. They are sometimes referred to as smile lines because they are emphasized when you smile or laugh. They droop the sides of the face and give the appearance of a pouty look, so this might just be a reason for your resting b* face.
What causes them to appear?
Despite what they’re called, marionette lines are not just caused by over smiling or laughing, but are a result of the natural aging process. They most commonly appear in your 40s, but genetics and lifestyle choices may either increase or decrease chances of these lines appearing at an earlier age.
Gravity and time
Through time, our faces and bodies naturally begin to catch up with our ages, which causes us to have wrinkles. This is in effect of our loss of collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping our skin tight and smooth. However, besides this, marionette lines have another rival against them: gravity. As our skin gets loose, the earth’s gravity makes the skin droop downward and inward, causing the appearance of folds. This is why it is so important that when we do our skincare routine, we apply all skincare products upward and outward. This will prevent gravity from causing too many issues on our skin.
Over-exposure to what, you might ask? Well, like other types of wrinkles, over-exposure to both UV rays and harsh chemicals, such as those in cigarettes speed up the aging process and therefore may increase the chances of your skin drooping at an earlier age. Additionally, a little known fact is that cigarette smoking depletes the body of vitamin C, which helps the body maintain the integrity of skin cell membranes. So, ditch the cigarettes and apply that sunblock not just to look good on the outside but also to feel good on the inside.
Dehydration and harsh skin treatment
Dehydrating both your body and your skin may cause a person to have a predisposition for marionette lines. Studies show the people with dry skin are more likely to have wrinkles, so it’s important to drink lots of water and keep your skin moisturized. In the long run, practising this regularly will help you tighten your facial skin.
Aside from these things, harsh skin treatment may also cause these lines, like rubbing your face too hard, persistently pursing your lips, or sleeping with your face down. To prevent the overstretching of the face, always be gentle with the skin. Do not rub your face with a towel when drying it out after your cleansing routine, and try to just pat the skincare products when you apply them on.
How do I minimize them?
Now let’s get to the real reason why you’re here. We know marionette lines and any sign of aging can be scary, but there are several at-home remedies that can help you minimize and even get rid of them. Aside from the basics of anti-aging as mentioned above, here are some things you can do from the comfort of your own home without the need for harsh and painful surgeries.
1. Lemon balm leaf tea
Drinking lemon balm leaf tea is scientifically proven to improve skin elasticity and correct tissue damage. It contains components such as caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, and rosmarinic acid which work together to support the body’s natural response to harmful organisms. Moreover, drinking this tea has a number of other health benefits such as relieving stress, reducing anxiety, boosting cognitive functions, and easing insomnia. We also highly recommend a daily dose of green tea to treat crow's feet.
2. Switch up your sleeping position
As stated earlier, rough treatment of the skin may increase your chances of having marionette lines. This may also include how you treat your face while you’re asleep. Sleeping with your face on the pillow every night causes compression on your skin. This compression may cause parts of your skin to be weaker over time, and this causes the wrinkles to form. Take your cue from Jennifer Lopez, and try to sleep on your back as much as you can to avoid this from happening.
3. Retinoids and Vitamin C
Retinoids and vitamin C are two of dermatologists’ most trusted ingredients for keeping the skin young. These are proven to help promote the production of collagen and to restore the elasticity and plumpness of the skin, and even to soften your lips. Try to find topical creams and moisturizers containing these ingredients and gently apply this everyday to the face and neck. Like almost all of these home remedies, it’s best to start even before these wrinkles appear as preventative measures.
4. At-home spice face masks
Spice up your face masks (literally and figuratively) with a dash of cinnamon or turmeric. Mix 1 tablespoon of the spice with 2 tablespoons of honey until the powder has dissolved into the liquid. Apply this evenly and gently onto the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes then wash with warm water.
These spices contain antioxidants that promote circulation and bring more blood toward your skin, nourishing and plumping it. Not only does this mask reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but it is also an anti-acne mask, an exfoliant, and a moisturizer. These spices and honey are antibacterial, which combat the bacteria in pimples and the appearance of acne scars.
Yes, eating carrots can have various benefits on your health, but did you know that you can use it as a face mask too? Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which promotes the production of collagen and helps your skin stay as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
To create a face mask, boil some carrots then blend it into a paste and mix with honey. Let it cool down and apply the mixture to the face, and leave on for 30 minutes before washing off with warm water.
6. DIY anti-aging serums
A lot of people spend heaps and heaps of money on anti-aging serums from different cosmetic brands. Well, we’re here to tell you the most effective oils for anti-aging, so that you can make your own serum from the comfort of your own home without spending a big buck- and it’s not extra virgin coconut oil.
In an experiment done on 23 different plants and their potential to help increase collagen, antioxidants, and elasticity in the skin, 9 tested to be the most promising in rejuvenating the skin. These are white tea, bladderwrack, cleavers, rose tincture, green tea, rose aqueous, angelica, anise, and pomegranate.
To make the perfect anti-aging serum, mix one of these oils with a moisturizing oil (such as rose, sandalwood, geranium, ylang-ylang, sunflower, or lavender), and, most importantly, a carrier oil (such as argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba, vitamin E oil, or almond oil), to dilute the strong oils and make it less harsh on the skin. Just like regular serums, rub this mixture into your skin twice a day for best results.
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This method is usually done with a roller or a patch made up of fine spikes that gently prick your face. The light pricking enduses controlled damage to promote the creation of new skin tissue and collagen, making your skin instantly look more plump and fresh. Innovative technology made this treatment available for a fraction of the trip to the aesthetician’s office.
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To wrap it up
No one likes to seem like they’re always in a bad mood. But like all signs of aging, marionette lines are just a natural part of life. Even though we can’t make changes to our genes, we can certainly change the external factors that affect signs of aging. There are so many small things that we can do everyday, like improving our diet and taking care of our faces, to decrease our chances of wrinkles and even just to take care of our bodies.
Additionally, besides the natural preventative remedies, the fastest and most effective method of getting rid of wrinkles is microneedling, which can also be done painlessly at an affordable price at the comfort of your own home. Don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself to see and experience the difference.