Our deepest expressions create our deepest expression lines. These are the lines that reveal a million moments in one—the times you laughed so hard with a loved one you could cry … the stolen moments puckered up for a kiss goodbye. They’re not just our wrinkles—they’re our storylines.While our love stories may get better with age, our storylines won’t. At 30, you might start to notice visible signs of aging, such as deepening smile lines or worry creases between the eyebrows. By the time we’re in our 40s, our storylines become more established: The crow’s feet around our eyes and the “goal posts” between our brows deepen, while the corners of our mouths start turning down, forming marionette lines that can leave us looking angry or sad. Even our lips, one of the face’s key vehicles of expression, start to show our storylines through the vertical lines that can say more about our age than we’d care to put into words. Here are a few tips to keep your lips kissably soft and smooth through the winter months.

Did you know that the human face can make more than 10,000 unique expressions? It is a landscape of our emotional life, displaying our amusement and intelligence, our vulnerability and strength, our compassion and kindness. As we get older, many of these expressions begin to “stick,” revealing themselves in expression lines even at times when our faces are not showing emotion. These fine lines and wrinkles, along with enlarged pores, dull skin and other signs of aging, cause many of us to become dissatisfied with the reflection we see in the mirror.

The holiday social circuit is upon us. In an effort to get party-perfect skin, many of us jump from appointment to appointment, accumulating multiple treatments and procedures. While it’s tempting to take advantage of holiday specials, these in-office treatments are often expensive, painful and time-consuming. However, skipping them doesn’t mean you can’t get office-like results. Real results are possible in the comfort of your home.

Across all cultures, clear, radiant skin is viewed as a reflection of health and well-being. This perceived connection between appearance and health means that your skin is one of your best—or worst—marketing tools, sending a message to every person you meet.

Whether good or bad, your skin mirrors what is going on inside your body, and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet will help your skin look its best. A recipe for radiance begins with critically assessing your nutritional habits and making healthier adjustments, such as staying away from processed foods and, whenever possible, choosing fresh, organic products.

As we head into the homestretch of summer and temperatures soar, your skin—the connection between the outside world and your body—is the first to respond. Whether it’s a change in moisture level (sweat), color (sunburn) or temperature (heat rash), when life happens, skin reacts.