8 Steps to Younger-Looking Skin

Sure, you can't stop time—but you can roll it back a little. Figure out which areas show wear and tear first, and get ahead of the aging game.
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Aging ETA: Mid-30s

What's going on: The fat in your cheek area—called malar fat pads—begins to diminish, causing once-plump cheeks to flatten, explains Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City and author of Skin Rules.

Get time on your side: Humectants are the name of the game for boosting volume. Skin-care products that contain lactic and hyaluronic acids attract water and help skin retain it for a plumper effect, says Adam Friedman, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Lierac Premium Voluptuous cream ($145; lierac-usa.com) has 5 percent hyaluronic acid. You'll get more dramatic results from the filler Voluma, recently approved by the FDA for use in the cheeks. Injected under the muscles, it adds youthful volume that lasts for about six months. (Costs $700 and up.)

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