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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!
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.