We love flipping through treasured photos of holidays past, but these days, agers like laugh lines and a dull smile can make us shy away from the camera. To the rescue: fast-acting fixes that make it a cinch to say ‘cheese!’ with confidence
Erase laugh lines
A camera flash works wonders to illuminate the face, but it can also bring wrinkles around the mouth into harsh focus. The surprising fix? Wear a silicone patch to sleep. “Silicone has the ability to draw water to skin’s surface to temporarily fill in and smooth out wrinkles,” says Dr. Davis. Plus, the patch itself pulls skin taut to counteract any creasing that occurs while sleeping for a younger-looking smile come morning.
One we like: Wrinkles Schminkles Mouth Smoothing Kit ($30, Wrinkles Schminkles)
Brighten yellow teeth
Whether from last night’s red wine or years of built-up stains, the dull or yellow tinge on teeth’s surface can quickly curb the desire to flash a toothy smile. New York City cosmetic dentist Lana Rozenberg, DDS, tells her celebrity clients to try this two-step trick: First, brush twice a day with a charcoal toothpaste — we like Tom’s of Maine Charcoal Anticavity Toothpaste ($5.79, Target). “Charcoal buffs away plaque on the enamel while absorbing lighter stains left behind from coffee, tea and wine.”
Next, before heading out to any photo-worthy party, rinse with a purple-toned mouthwash. It deposits violet pigments into the pores of teeth, canceling out yellow tones. Look for one made with the artificial sweetener xylitol, which promotes saliva production to help polish tooth enamel for a sparkling smile that lasts.
One we like: PopWhite Toner Oral Rinse ($16.80, originally $24, Dermstore.com)
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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