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The New Yorker Style Issue Tackles Wrinkles

The New Yorker Takes a Look at Wrinkles

In this week's issue of The New Yorker, writer Judith Thurman asks an age-old question: what can you do about wrinkles?

The answer, she finds? Not much. "Apart from dying, there is, to date, no permanent cure for wrinkles," she writes. From there, the article explores the history (and occasional hucksterism) of anti-aging treatments, zipping from Cleopatra's techniques to modern-day fixes like Botox. It's interesting and funny stuff, especially when Thurman dryly describes the "vibrational qualities" of a $150 Sjal face mask.

Her research boils down to this: the one topical wrinkle fighter that's been proven to minimize wrinkles is prescription-only tretinoin (better known by its brand name, Retin-A). Even then, it's not without side effects — which suggests that the best way to deal with wrinkles is to stop worrying about them so much.

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