User's Manual: Skin

Have Firmer Skin Forever

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Credit: Peter Buckingham

Anti-aging

By Jennifer Scruby

"I have thus far refused to get any Botox or plastic surgery," writes Tina Fey in her autobiography, Bossypants. "Although I do wear a clear elastic chin strap that I hook around my ears and pin under my day wig."

If only it were that easy. Science has delivered plenty of breakthrough treatments to battle early signs of aging, such as wrinkles and brown spots. But keeping skin firm and toned is a whole different challenge. "Most women love the way their faces look when they're 30, because they've lost a bit of roundness and have a little more contouring," says Los Angeles dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD. "Then comes the tricky part—how to keep it all from going south."

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