Our lips are one of the first places to show signs of aging yet we’re none the wiser! Think about it, our lips do so much, in fact they’re among our body’s hardest working organs, between eating, drinking talking, and worse if you’re also smoking….They’re in constant movement. Yet, they’re the last thing we think of when we think of skincare and anti-aging care. The earliest signs come in the form of volume loss and lines around the mouth, so if your idea of lip care consists of sweeping an expensive lip balm over your lips, think again. So what can you do to keep lips looking younger for longer?
You might think they’re some kind of new age lip balms and you may be right! There is a new breed of lip balms more appropriately named lip serums that deliver the much needed hydration and anti-aging ingredients that our lips thirst for. Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient that will increase collagen production and minimise dark spots but please refrain from using your retinol cream on your lips as it will be too harsh. Instead look for products that contain Retinol 8 which is the gentler version that helps in reducing the appearance of lines around the mouth such as Verso Lip Serum.
Other ingredients to look for in a lip serum would be the trusted hyaluronic acid, in addition to peptides, ceramides, as well as faithful hydrators such as coconut oil. Dr. Macrene’s 37 Actives Lip Treatment is an excellent option that promises plumper lips in a matter of days. Other serums promise to remove the outer layer of skin that forms as we age thus revealing softer and more defined lips; one product to try is Restorsea Pro LipMagic which contains vitamin C.
Should the lines around your mouth or the discolouration be resistant to topical treatment, you may need to take it a step further and search for in-office chemical peels that can help treat fine lines and pigmentation. Treatments and peels with alpha-hydroxy acids will be quite effective. Some dermatologists may even recommend microneedling the skin around the lips to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Lip fillers are not just used to create fuller lips. Nowadays the procedures involving injectables are countless. There are procedures that target the loss of definition; if you notice that lipstick starts to bleed around your lips you may want to consider fillers to restore the volume and definition around the mouth, just avoid over treating the area which would result in duck lips. Hyaluronic acid injectables are used such as Restylane Silk, Juvederm, and Volbella.
Paying attention to the skin around your lips should be an integral part of your skincare routine. Apply your day and night cremes and serums to the skin around your lips and be diligent with applying sunscreen.