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You Told Us: What Really Works for Marionette Lines

What Really Works for Marionette Lines
Is a Solution for:
Fine Lines, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
May 11, 2016 Reviewed by Truth In Aging Community 13 Comments

We're not going to kid you: marionette lines are not easy to treat. These stubborn wrinkles are caused by a loss of collagen and elastin, which causes skin to sag. Add to this inevitability years of facial expressions and movements, sun exposure, lifestyle habits like smoking and good old genetics and you have the perfect recipe for puppet lines.

Back in 2009, Marta espoused the technology of LED light and its ability to plump the skin as the best option for treating marionette lines, finding topical skin care to be lacking in real results. Fortunately, advances in anti-aging skin care during the last few years have introduced us to potent actives that plump, firm and hydrate the skin such copper peptides, Matrixyl, Syn-tacks, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and growth factors. These actives have helped make topical treatments more and more effective — as is evidenced by the positive feedback from the Truth In Aging community. Our reviewers have called out the following serums for delivering tangible improvement to marionette lines and restoring smoother, plumper skin around the mouth. Try these in conjunction with LED treatments for a winning combination!

Serums for Treating Marionette Lines

Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop) is a longtime TIA favorite that has been newly reformulated to contain even more potent anti-agers, such as Syn-Hycan, coenzyme Q10, Syn-tacks and TEGO Pep 4-Evan. Designed to brighten and contour as well as improve the fullness of the lips, its heavy-hitting ingredients regulate and retain moisture, act as a filler, lighten dark spots and stimulate collagen.

"It helped soften the lines around my mouth. I don't use a separate lip product, but will make an exception for Define." —Bev

Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop) is a broad spectrum antioxidant serum that effectively firms and smoothes skin and protects collagen from free radical damage. It combines potent anti-agers, such as copper peptides, Matrixyl 3000, Lipochroman-6 and niacinamide, for a healthy, glowing complexion.

"I have used this for 3 months now. I think it has helped with filling in some around my mouth lines and marionette lines." —Joyce

AQ Skin Solutions Active Serum ($149 in the shop) has a concentrated blend of over 40% stem cell derived growth factors that accelerate skin cell regeneration, repair damage and stimulate collagen production for firmer skin. Its GF-technology also fights against free radical damage to prevent premature aging and fade sun/age spots while reducing lines and wrinkles.

"Honestly, I think that the AQ Skin Solutions Serum helped plump out the marionette lines, as well as my routine use of the Ultra Renew." —Karen

Sciote Omni Phyto-Cell Serum ($130 in the shop) is a multi-tasking formula designed to treat lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, dryness and uneven skin tone. Active ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000, Resistem and peptides work to stimulate collagen production and repair damaged skin while nourishing and protecting against aging elements.

"I saw significant plumping in those marionette lines." —Lori

iS Clinical Youth Serum ($150 in the shop) specifically targets two main aging concerns: wrinkles and loss of elasticity using proteins and copper tripeptide growth factors that repair skin. Antioxidants and vitamins help ensure skin is protected, allowing you to correct damage and keep skin healthy moving forward.

"My skin felt extremely soft and smooth. It has been a good 5 weeks and I actually think my skin looks tighter. I think with continued use it will get even better." —Gloria

Clarity RX Get Fit ($105.75 in the shop) requires no crunches, lunges or weird facial exercises, but it does promote healthier skin! Currently one of Marta's favorite serums, this solution uses a pharmaceutical-grade concentration 7 different peptides to help  smoothe wrinkles and fine lines. It's suitable for day and/or night, doesn't irritate skin and contains no fillers and few preservatives.

"I started to believe that results were tangible, although subtle, after about nine or ten days and I expanded my test to include my upper lip area and from lower lip to chin. I am seeing results there as well — some of the little grooves around my lips are definitely smaller. I also started to use the serum twice a day and, lo, accelerated the results." —Marta

BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift Active Sculpting Ferment ($210 in the shop) is a multitasker that uses Matrixyl 3000, Snap-8 and Argireline that work to stimulate collagen production, repair and plump the skin. It also improves overall tone and radiance. It's suitable for sensitive skin and one bottle lasted Marta nearly 6 months

"I enjoy the Brad Ultra Elastin Lift. I find that with only a couple of uses, fine lines disappear. Ultra-hydrating, this product is chock full of ingredients that moisturizer and plump the skin." —Heather

Benir Beauty BV-9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum ($195 in the shop) uses a unique formulation of 7 different peptides, antioxidants and bee venom to target signs of aging where they first develop. The combination of Matrixyl 3000 and Syn-Ake inhibits excessive muscle contractions, which releases and relaxes fine lines and wrinkles.

"By the seventh day of the trial, my marionette lines were so faint that I had to look hard to see where they were. The lines that had developed alongside my nose were completely gone." —Karen

Are there any skin care products you've tried from TIA that have successfully diminished marionette lines? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published January 2015 and has since been updated.

  • March 15, 2018

    by Terri

    Is there anything out there that is affordable that will help MArrionete Lines, ,led treatment, ,serum, I don't think you should have to pay high prices to get results, Please email me if you have any thing

  • April 21, 2017

    by Carol

    Dont think they are the same - nasolabial are nose to top lip and marionette are lip corners to chin as far as i am aware?

  • March 16, 2017

    by Teresa

    Are there any affordable skin care products that will help soften marionette lines, please send any info to cata@

  • August 8, 2016

    by Sandi

    For lines marionette around the mouth. If you had to rank them what's the best?

  • May 12, 2016

    by Karen

    My regular routine use of the Ultra Renew combined with the daily use of Benir Beauty BV-9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum has significantly reduced my marionette lines.

    I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to test and review the Benir Beauty BV-9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum, with some skepticism, having used other products. I would definitely recommend it, regardless of price. It took years of aging off my face. This is a great alternative to someone wanting to stop using any injectible fillers. Love this product!

  • June 2, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Michelle
    Marionette and nasolabial lines are the same thing. We don't have before an after pictures. Viora is IPL, this means intensed pulse light and has nothing to do with microcurrent. You can read about the differences between IPL and LED here:

  • June 2, 2015

    by michelle

    Thank you for researching this. I've been looking into best remedies for nasolabial lines and most feedback suggest invasive treatment or fillers, which is rather not resort to.
    I have a few questions and would appreciate your feedback.
    1.) What's the difference between nasolabial lines and marionette lines?
    2.) I've noticed Osmotics and Medik8 have been mentioned in your post regarding this throughout the years, so I'm assuming they must be really good. Would you have any before/after pictures of their results to share?

    3.) Have you heard of Viora reaction treatment? If so, would you recommend it?
    How does it differ/compare to Microcurrent and/or LED light?

    Thank you!

  • January 30, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Linda - the absolute best thing that I have found for marionette lines is ultrasound or microcurrent. So think about going the device route. Regular use really works.

  • January 30, 2015

    by Linda

    So far, I have read all reviews on products to help deminish the curse of marionette lines, & I am still confused! I don't want to spend alot of $ on a product, just to be terribly disappointed once again!!!! Can any of you ladies that read/use TIA really recommend a product that has helped the marionette lines that you have? My marionette lines are growing longer & deeper (sad to say) & I need some help now, pls?? Thx so much, Linda

  • January 23, 2015

    by ann

    I am looking for help with those marionette lines and bags under my eyes.

  • January 11, 2015

    by Rick

    How do you remove the blue skin from colloidal silver use

  • January 9, 2015

    by Christina @ TIA

    Hi Melissa,

    All of these suggestions have been known to work for our community, but we can help you find the right one for your skin if you give us a little more information. Tells us about your skin type and any other skin concerns you might have by leaving a comment here, or feel free to email us at


  • January 8, 2015

    by melissa

    So I read all the comments, which one of the above would you suggest. I am trying to stop using Juvederm as it is very expensive.
    Thank you for your input..

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