3 Products for Younger Lips
The skin on our lips is generally thinner than the skin on the rest of our face, so lips are even more vulnerable to the aging effects of too much sun.
Our medical advisor, Dr. Lisa Kellett is an expert at recreating younger, natural-looking lips using fillers. Kellett, who performs more than 2,000 lip enhancements each year, says most of her mature patients want an increase in lip fullness and are also concerned about fine vertical lines that extend from the lips and cause lipstick to ‘bleed.’ Lip fillers add volume, which can smooth out these lines, as well as, help bring back loss colour.
If you’re not quite ready for the needle or the bill–lip injections cost between $400 – $600–there are preventative steps you can take using over-the-counter lip products. The following three options help keep your lips supple and may improve existing signs of aging.
1. For overnight repair, try Laboratoire Dr Renaud Pure Anti-Ageing Lips & Contour, $50 at spas and clinics. This rich formula is packed with proven anti-aging actives such as peptides, antioxidants and hydrating shea butter to help to replace skin’s own oil. It also provides a plumping effect when worn consistently for thirty days, thanks to a patented ingredient called MAXI-LIP.
2. Once-a-week, exfoliate with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $23 at Sephora. Or if you already have a gel-based, microbead cleanser on hand, Kellett recommends emulsifying 1/16 teaspoon of brown sugar into it. For another cheapie scrub solution, pat vaseline onto the lips and brush them with a soft toothbrush to remove any excess dry skin.
3. For daytime prevention, try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick with SPF 15, $20 at department stores. “Loss of moisture is one of the main causes of lip wrinkles,” says Kellett, who recommends regularly using a lip balm with SPF to protect your pucker from sun damage. It should also contain a wax ester, which helps retain moisture on the lip surface. This lipstick look-a-like meets Kellett’s prereqs with beeswax and oxybenzone. It also boasts high amounts of vitamin E, which has been shown to help protect plumping-collagen from degrading.
Has she or hasn’t she?
Rumours abound about whether or not Jennifer Garner has had her upper lips done. She has never admitted it, but judge for yourself in this before and after. What is for certain is that Garner uses overnight lip conditioning treatments loyally, as she told New Beauty magazine recently.