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Dr. Weil noted recently that women are more likely than men to develop wrinkles around the mouth. Women have fewer oil-producing sebaceous glands around the upper lip to keep skin supple, and fewer blood vessels to provide blood flow to the region. The muscles around the mouth are closer to the skin in women, too, so the skin is pulled closer, leading to wrinkles. Lucky us!

Short of surgery or cosmetic procedures, a few lifestyle choices can help you avoid wrinkles: don’t smoke, avoid sun damage and keep your skin well-moisturized.

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